McQueen Crowd Stymies Met: Nobody Gets in the Building Without an Hour-Long Wait

120330385 McQueen Crowd Stymies Met: Nobody Gets in the Building Without an Hour Long Wait

The line, last week.

How swamped is the Metropolitan Museum on this, the last Friday of its wildly popular Alexander McQueen exhibition? Swamped enough that visitors just hoping to enter the building itself — for McQueen, for anything — now face an hour-long wait.

“I wouldn’t say we’re closed,” said Met senior spokesman Harold Holzer. “I would say we have huge lines both inside and outside the building.”

“It’s a Mona Lisa-type situation,” he added, referring to the popular painting at the Louvre.

Mr. Holzer denied that the museum was “at capacity” and that visitors could not be admitted until others leave. Once inside, McQueenites face an additional three-hour wait before they hit the exhibit.