It’s not every day you see a life-sized turtle walking around admiring museum artwork.
And it’s even less likely that it’d be a quarter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes foursome Michelangelo, off to admire the classical artistry of his namesake in a new exhibition.
But that’s what happened when hero in a half-shell Michelangelo was spotted casually checking out the latest art exhibit in New York, titled Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer.
The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, who were hosting the exhibition, shared the playful photos to their four million followers, as they welcomed the green machine on Thursday, 25 January to see the works of genius his Renaissance artist namesake was famed for.
This morning we welcomed Michelangelo, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (@TMNT) at The Met. Our celebrity guest came to see the work of an artist who happens to share his name. https://t.co/jUPJhto7Xr #MetMichelangelo pic.twitter.com/YS7T5xZv9a
— The Met (@metmuseum) January 25, 2018
The fictional character is actually a Family Travel Ambassador for NYC & Company, with ‘food and fun’ being Michelangelo’s specialty. Leader Leonardo is ‘in charge’ of Monuments and Retreats, with Donatello heading up Scientific Discoveries, and Raphael fronting Out and About.
The photo opportunity was a way of drawing attention to the exhibition that concludes on 12 February, in the hope of attracting even more visitors between now and then.
And it was fair to say that TMNT fans loved seeing the fictional character checking out the art.
My museum-and-TMNT-loving 4 year olds just lost their minds when I showed them this. Could you here the excited shrieks all the way from Atlanta?
— EJ Justice ⚡ (@SynapseCrackle) January 25, 2018
The best ninja turtle tbh https://t.co/vIHUf4Xwuq
— Brittany Luse (@bmluse) January 25, 2018
careful, he’s a party dude https://t.co/8eiw7kSPos
— Rafi Schwartz (@TheJewishDream) January 25, 2018
While entry to the museum and exhibit is, at present, technically free for New York State residents and students from the tristate area, they do ask for as ‘generous as you can’ donations, with recommendations of $25.
Out-of-towners are charged a set-priced ticket admission.
Which led to some asking the following question…
did he have to pay an admission fee or is he a new york resident https://t.co/lBa2J6ds52
— casey morell (@csymrl) January 25, 2018
The giant turtle looked to be learning a lot after spending his time at the museum – although we’re quite not sure they allowed any pizza near such priceless artwork.