Meet The Met: Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour

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3 hrs

Max 15

Why take this tour?

This is a comprehensive tour of the enormous Met collection, but that doesn't mean it takes all day! Instead, an expert Walks guide will lead you through 5,000 years of art - from Ancient Egypt to modern America - in just three hours.

Highlights

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    Enjoy a specially-devised route through the museum, designed to ensure you get the most out of your tour

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    Interpret the masterpieces with the help of your guide, and learn the stories behind the artwork

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    Visit the Met's rooftop garden for incredible views over Central Park

Take Walks: Take a trip around the world without leaving Central Park!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the largest collections in the world, so trying to see all the highlights in a single visit is difficult, to say the least. Not when you take a Met tour with an expert Walks guide, however! In a little over three hours, they'll lead you on an epic journey through the history of global art.

On this specially-planned route you'll step inside the Temple of Dendur, which was transported intact from Egypt; visit an Ancient Roman bedroom that survived the destruction of Pompeii; ponder the use of color in French Expressionist art; learn about ceremonial clothing from Papua New Guinea; find peace surrounded by Monet's Water Lilies; and marvel at...

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the largest collections in the world, so trying to see all the highlights in a single visit is difficult, to say the least. Not when you take a Met tour with an expert Walks guide, however! In a little over three hours, they'll lead you on an epic journey through the history of global art.

On this specially-planned route you'll step inside the Temple of Dendur, which was transported intact from Egypt; visit an Ancient Roman bedroom that survived the destruction of Pompeii; ponder the use of color in French Expressionist art; learn about ceremonial clothing from Papua New Guinea; find peace surrounded by Monet's Water Lilies; and marvel at masterpieces by a plethora of artists, including Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso and Vermeer.

As you move through the Met Museum, your expert guide will help you decode and interpret the art, as well as telling you the stories and context behind each work. This isn't just a walk through a great art collection; it's a journey around the many cultures of the globe, allowing you to soak up a rounded sample of the very best that artists have produced over the last 5,000 years. You'll also visit the Met's lovely rooftop garden, for incredible views over Central Park.

Enjoy American artworks including Sargent's controversial Madame X, the iconic Washington Crossing the Delaware and view international masterpieces, like those by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Jacques-Louis David.

With small groups of just 15 people or fewer, you'll have unparalleled access to your guide, whose encyclopedic knowledge of art and history will unlock the many worlds of art contained in the Met.

  • Sites Visited
  • The Temple of Dendur
  • 'Washington Crossing the Delaware'
  • 'Madame X'
  • Sculpture Gallery
  • Ancient Pompeiian Room
  • Met Rooftop (seasonal)
  • Greek and Roman Statuary
  • Tour Includes
  • Admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Expert art historian tour guide
The Met Museum is a must see sight in New York City
Visit Ancient rooms with an experienced guide
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This guided walk is well worth the price! This museum can be overwhelming so a guide assures you at least see the highlights! Good use of time and funds! Highly recommend.

Katherine did a great job and I learned a lot!


FAQ

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.
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.
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.
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.