The Metropolitan Museum of Art was evacuated on Monday afternoon because of a suspicious package outside the museum. [Police at the scene said the package posed no threat—see update below.]
🚨 ADVISORY: Officers are currently investigating reports of a suspicious package in front of @metmuseum on the Upper East Side. 5th Avenue, East 81st Street to East 84th Street is CLOSED to traffic & pedestrians.
Please avoid the area. Updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/KGiTxKvKMv
— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) April 26, 2021
Police confirmed that an “unattended bag” was reported around 2 p.m. on Monday at 81st Street and Fifth Avenue, just outside the entrance to the museum. A police spokesperson told Gothamist that the NYPD’s emergency service unit and bomb squad were on the scene.
Around 3:45 p.m., the police spokesperson told Gothamist that a “suitcase was left outside The Met with some wires [sticking] out.” They confirmed that the museum had been evacuated as a result.
Multiple people confirmed that they had been evacuated out of the museum this afternoon; one person told Gothamist that they had arrived at The Met around 2:05 p.m. when they saw “police officers clear the area as we were approaching” the entrance.
We’ve reached out to The Met for more information.
⚠️🇺🇸#ALERT: NYC’s famous Metropolitan Museum of Art evacuating due to suspicious package#Manhattan l #NY
Police are evacuating the museum due to a ‘suspicious package’ on the front steps of the main entrance. Bomb squad is now on scene and will conduct their investigation soon. pic.twitter.com/yEYrQDIdYV
— Intel Point ALERTS (@IntelPointAlert) April 26, 2021
All of Fifth Avenue between East 81st Street and East 84th Street was closed to pedestrians and traffic; all buses have been detoured from the area as a result.
Update: Southbound M1, M2, M3, and M4 buses are detoured because of NYPD activity at The Met at Fifth Ave/83rd St.
Stops from 86th St to 79th St will be made along Lexington Ave at M101/M102/M103 bus stops. https://t.co/h0EZ4Xr0FU
— NYCT Bus. Wear a Mask. (@NYCTBus) April 26, 2021
Update: Shortly before 4 p.m., Gothamist photographer CS Muncy said the situation had been resolved: “After the bomb squad, FDNY, ATF and the dogs, turns out it was a suitcase full of old clothes.”
The NYPD did not officially confirm the contents of the bag, but they have deemed the area to be safe, and they say it has been reopened to traffic and pedestrians.