Meet the Met: Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour in New York, NY

Walks LLC New YorkMetropolitan Museum of ArtNew York City, NY 10028
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Overview

Get an in-depth look at works of art spanning over 5,000 years, from Ancient Egypt to modern America, in just 3 hours on this Metropolitan Museum of Art guided tour. This small-group tour explores the best of the New York Met Museum, from Van Gogh to the Temple of Dendur, and more, with a friendly, expert guide unlocking the many worlds of art along the way.

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the largest collections in the world!
  • Tour duration is approximately 3 hours.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
  • Pre-arranged admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is included.
  • The rooftop garden is only open from May through October, weather permitting. In other months your Met tour will include extra artworks, spending more time inside the Museum.
  • Tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
  • Bring your camera for non-flash photos. But please note that videos, flash photography, and selfie sticks are prohibited.

Description

from Meet the Met: Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour
It’s possible to spend an entire day inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and still not see everything, but this guided Met tour is the best way to take advantage of the riches that are inside one of the world’s greatest art museums. See the highlights of the collection and get special insight into the works of art on display, all within a small-group atmosphere.
Boasting one of the world's largest art collections and spread over a whopping 17 acres (7 ha), The Met can be overwhelming. Scope out the best pieces in the museum's galleries with an expert guide, getting special insight into the stories behind the art on this small-group tour.

Walk up the hallowed steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a New York icon since its founding in 1870. This world-renowned institution boasts a collection of more than 2 million objects, from Roman artifacts to 19th-century paintings. Your guide leads you by models of Egyptian tombs to the Temple of Dendur, which dates to 15 BC.

Cross over to Tudor-era England to check out King Henry VIII's suit of armor, and hear the legends that surround the Antioch Chalice—believed to be the Holy Grail. Meander through the Greek and Roman statuary, absorbing the sense of history as you admire ancient frescoes and the busts of emperors past.

Watch the sunlight filter through Art Nouveau stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and ponder a bronze cast of Rodin's The Thinker. Admire the brushstrokes in landscapes painted by Monet and Van Gogh, and study moody works by Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Listen to the story that inspired David's Death of Socrates, hear about the scandal behind John Singer Sargent's Madame X, and stand before Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware. Weather dependent, your tour ends at the rooftop sculpture garden for sweeping views over Central Park and the city skyline.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Meet the Met: Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour

Where does the tour meet?

The tour meets in the main lobby of The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1000 5th Ave., to the right of the information desk in front of the large seated Pharaoh, or as confirmed in your confirmation email. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. Tour guides will hold a sign with the Walks logo and “MEET HERE” on it.

How long is this tour?

This tour is approximately 3 hours.

What if I'm late?

If you are running late, it's best to contact the tour operator via the phone number on your e-ticket or their website so they can reach out to your guide. This is not always possible for all tours - their guides are with other clients and are already into the tour (they ask them not to use their phones during their tour). But in some cases, a few minutes of delays can be remedied. Most times, guides leave the meeting point within 5 minutes of the tour start time.

What is included in the tour?

The tour includes pre-arranged admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a local English-speaking art historian guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. The tours are all given in English. They don’t offer multi-language tours.

What exhibits will we be visiting?

You will be seeing the Temple of Dendur, 'Washington Crossing the Delaware', 'Madame X', Sculpture Gallery, Ancient Pompeiian Room, Greek and Roman Statuary, and the Met Rooftop (seasonal) overlooking Central Park. All of the pieces listed in the tour description are viewable most of the time. However, like nearly all great museums, the Met 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 cannot be viewed, the guide, at their discretion, will substitute another piece of important value. 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.

Is transportation included?

Transportation is not included in this tour.

Is parking provided?

No. However, there is street parking and parking lots nearby for your perusal.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

There aren't any age restrictions for this tour. This is a walking tour and you can expect to walk a fair amount. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

I use a wheelchair; can I take this tour?

Yes. The Met is entirely 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 the Pharaoh statue), which will secure your entrance ticket. They will provide you with a temporary pass and help direct you upstairs.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes. Non-flash photography is allowed. However, flash photography and video cameras cannot be used inside the Museum. Selfie sticks are also prohibited.

What should I bring?

You may bring your camera and a photo ID.

What should I wear?

Visitors should wear comfortable walking shoes and attire appropriate for the day’s weather forecast.

Should I bring the confirmation email?

A physical or digital copy of this confirmation email is not required to join your tour. Your guide (or tour coordinator) will have your name in their database, so as long as you know the name on the booking, you're set!