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The Met Opens Early for High Culture Fitness Classes

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If you’ve ever been frustrated by the crowds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, MetLiveArts is offering a way to gain access before the doors open. But there’s a catch: You have to be willing to break a sweat while appreciating some world-class art. As The New York Times reports, "The Museum Workout" takes participants on a two-mile aerobic tour of the institution over the course of 45 minutes.

The class is the brainchild of Monica Bill Barnes & Company, a local dance troupe known for its unconventional performance pieces. Once the workout commences at 8:45 a.m., the group follows a set route led by Monica Bill Barnes and her dance partner Anna Bass, both of whom sport sneakers and sequined dresses. Author and illustrator Maira Kalman provides pre-recorded narration over a mix of disco and Motown music to keep the blood pumping.

While the session includes plenty of time for art-gazing, it doesn’t skimp on the workout. The tour is packed with nonstop, jazzercise-inspired movement, which makes it quite a different experience from your typical trip to the Met. Fortunately, participants are rewarded with a table of snacks and coffee at the end of the route. The class runs Thursday to Sunday from now until February 12, with tickets starting at $35.

[h/t The New York Times]

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Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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[h/t Gothamist]

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