11/22/2013 07:32 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

82nd & Fifth: ARRIVAL by Morrison Heckscher (VIDEO)

The Met was originally a self-contained structure in Central Park. The addition of the Great Hall reoriented the building to Fifth Avenue. "It serves the kind of function that railroads used to serve: masses of people efficiently being moved from place to place," says curator Morrison Heckscher.

Scroll through images to see how the Great Hall has changed over time.