Met Express: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

2 hours

Max 15

63 reviews

This is the best way to enjoy some of the most beloved works of the Met in a short amount of time. Our expert art guide will lead you on a carefully-curated route through the absolute highlights of this enormous collection, while giving you the background and supplementary info to help you appreciate what you see.

  • Sites Visited
  • Met Rooftop (seasonal)
  • Temple of Dendur
  • Ancient Egyptian Art
  • Ancient Roman Art
  • Van Gogh's Self-Portrait
  • Monet's 'Water Lilies'
  • Tour Includes
  • Admission to Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Headsets

Take Walks: Take a morning to appreciate the masterpieces of the Met.

You can spend days wandering the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but if you only have two hours, the best way to see it is with an expert guide. It took us months of work and refinement to create an itinerary that showed you everything you really can't miss in just two hours. But when we finally did it, we knew we had something special.

This isn't just a stroll through an art musuem, it's an whirlwind adventure through the history of global art. Along the way you'll see selected works from Van Gogh, Rodin’s Thinker, Monet’s Water Lillies, mummies from Egypt, ancient sculptures from Rome and Greece and even Bisj Poles from Papua New Guinea.

Of course, we also have to take you inside the Temple of Dendur, an Egytpian Temple that was transplanted into the museum, whole, from Egypt. Whether you're a seasoned art buff or a young child, this ancient structure will drop your jaw.

As you move through the museum, your guide will give you and your small group of no more than 15 people the context and background to help you enjoy and appreciate each masterpiece you encounter. Whether it's the story of exactly how the museum managed to tansport an entire stone temple from Egypt, or what makes the Water Lillies such important works, you'll come away from this tour with a deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of art.

If you take this tour from May through October, you'll end with a special visit to the Met's rooftop, which offers beautiful views over Central Park. Here you're guide will leave you to appreciate the scenery, or grab a drink at the rooftop bar. Linger as long as you like, or head back down into the galleries to take a second look at all that art.


63 Verified Reviews

A great tour for a difficult museum.

The Metropolitan Museum is one of the most interesting museums in the world and finding your way there on your own can be tricky. With the excellent guidance of our guide, though, that problem was solved. He took us through the first floor of the museum and gave us interesting insights and explained everything. The only thing I'm sorry about is the lack of time we had to explore more the second floor, but it was the highlights tour so it's understandable.

Great for families.

Our guide was just wonderful. Our whole family, including 3 teenagers, enjoyed the experience. We have recommended the guide and Walks of New York to others.


Can I take photos in the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
Non-flash photography is allowed. However, flash photography and video cameras cannot be used inside the Museum. Selfie sticks are also prohibited.
Am I guaranteed to see all of the rooms and artworks listed?
All of the pieces listed in the tour description are viewable the vast majority of the time. However, the Met, like nearly all great museums, occasionally allows certain works to travel in temporary exhibitions or be lent to other institutions. The Met also allows private parties to book out certain rooms for events (most commonly the Temple of Dendur), rendering them inaccessible for the duration of the event. If one of the listed pieces is unable to be viewed, the guide, at their discretion, will substitute another piece of important value.
Is the rooftop garden visitable all year?
Unfortunately not. The rooftop garden is only open from May through October, weather permitting. On other months your Met tour will include extra artworks instead, spending more time inside the Museum.
I use a wheelchair; can I take this tour?
Yes! The Met is fully wheelchair accessible. However, if you cannot climb the stairs of the central entrance to reach the meeting point, there is a ground level entrance one block south, near the intersection of 81st street and 5th avenue. Tell the desk you need to use the elevator to meet a group in the main lobby (at pharaoh statue), which will then secure your entrance ticket. They will provide you with a temporary pass and help direct you upstairs.