Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

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One of the world’s greatest art museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art — aka the Met — is so vast you could easily spend days inside. This 2- or 3-hour tour cuts to the chase, taking you straight to the collection’s highlights for an in-depth look. A knowledgeable guide introduces you to a broad spectrum of art, jewelry, ancient relics and architecture on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people. Booking this tour allows you to skip the entrance line, and from May to October, you'll also visit the rooftop garden for views over Central Park.
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  • Min price: $42.00
  • Recommended duration of visit: 2 hours
  • Departure Point: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Departure Times:

  • 2-hour express tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
$42.00 Book now
  • 3-hour and 15 minutes extended tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
$52.00 Book now
  • Good for:
    • All entrance fees included
    • Instant Confirmation
    • Led by a local guide
    • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
    • Skip the line
  • Operates: January - Februrary Thursdays and Jan 3: 10:45amSaturday: 3:00pmMarch - May Mondays, Thursdays: 10:45amSaturdays: 3:00pmJune - OctoberMondays, Thursdays, Friday: 10:45amSaturdays: 3:00pmNovember - DecemberThursdays and Nov 21, Nov 24, Dec 26, Dec 27, Dec 29: 10:45amSaturdays and Nov 26: 3:00pm
  • Itinerary: 2-Hour Express Tour:Start the tour in Ancient Egypt where very well preserved tombs and caskets are on display. Gawk at the dioramas that reveal what life was like the time of Tutankhamen. Also, learn about various burial rituals and see the amazing mummies. And don’t skip the Temple of Dendur, an ancient Egyptian temple. Get the interesting history on the temple from your guide and learn about its connection to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Leave Egypt and wander the museum looking at the priceless historical artifacts, such as the armor of King Henry VIII and the Antioch Chalice, which some historians and history buffs claim to be the actual Holy Grail. After looking at ancient Greek and Roman statues, head up to the second floor to look at 19th-century paintings. Specifically, marvel at the works of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet’s Water Lillies and Auguste Rodin’s famed sculpture, The Thinker. When you’ve absorbed enough Expressionism, head up to the rooftop garden to take in the views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. The tour ends here but you’re welcome to stay on the roof for as long as you like. Indulge in a snack or sip a beverage (at your own expense). 3-Hour Extended Tour:After covering the same territory as the 2-hour itinerary, leave the rooftop garden and head back into the museum with your guide. Indulge yourself in the Dutch, specifically the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Peruse paintings by masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt, and then head through the collections by Italian and Spanish painters. Marvel at works by El Greco and then take in Jacques-Louis David’s famous The Death of Socrates. A little scandal is up next as your guide gives you the inside story about John Singer Sargent’s infamous Madame X. You’ll then be dwarfed by the immense Washington Crossing the Delaware, one of the most recognized paintings in the US.Linger at artworks that capture your imagination, and enjoy plenty of time to interact with your guide and ask any questions.
  • Inclusions:
    • Entrance fees
    • Local guide
    • Skip-the-line entry
  • Exclusions:
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Some pieces of art may not be accessible depending on the rotation of exhibits
    • Rooftop garden is only accessible May through October, weather permitting
    • No flash photography or selfie sticks are permitted
    • Museum is wheelchair accessible; if you cannot access the front entrance via the stairs, there is a ground-level entrance one block south (81st Street and 5th Avenue); the desk there will give you temporary pass and allow you to take the elevator to meet your group in the main lobby
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviews

  • Robert A

    5
    - 09 January 2018 -

    This three hour tour with Katie was excellent. She was extremely informative and entertaining and guided us around the rabbit warren that is the museum. It was packed with families and it must have been tricky keeping us all together. The queues for the toilets were a downside! We also found it difficult ti find Katie at the meeting point and would have appreciated a better system for finding our way into the museum and finding her.

  • aaa4vida

    5
    - 29 December 2017 -

    The tour guide was amazing! She was interesting and tried to keep everyone of all ages engaged and entertained. Highly recommend!

  • Lyle H

    5
    - 25 December 2017 -

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a good job showing us the highlights of the extensive collections. This gave us good direction in deciding what we would like to explore in more depth. I would recommend this tour for all first time visitors so as not to be overwhelmed by the vast building and galleries.

  • Reilly11

    5
    - 22 December 2017 -

    SCOTT was the beat guide! Even if he was from Michigan - haha!!! He was personal and gracious, mannerly and interesting. He gave us what we wanted and MORE! I agree we spent too much time in Egypt and not enough on paintings, but it was an excellent tour! Not too taxing on my 81 year MIL.

  • 5
    - 13 November 2017 -

    This tour was superb. The guide was a walking library with so much knowledge and stories. We deviated at the end to see other areas of the museum not included but it is very comprehensive and with every penny of it. Must come back to spend a week here!

  • Nannettedianne

    5
    - 13 November 2017 -

    This tour was superb. The guide was a walking library with so much knowledge and stories. We deviated at the end to see other areas of the museum not included but it is very comprehensive and with every penny of it. Must come back to spend a week here!

  • 5
    - 15 October 2017 -

    Best way to go through the Met for your first visit - we would've been so lost without our tour guide Katie! She was very interactive and answered any and all questions we had.

  • dleach1212

    5
    - 15 October 2017 -

    Best way to go through the Met for your first visit - we would've been so lost without our tour guide Katie! She was very interactive and answered any and all questions we had.

  • 5
    - 29 September 2017 -

    Excellent Tour by Guide Katy. We are not big Art fans, but Katy made this tour extremely interesting and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Katy's love and excitement for the Artwork / Artists was so strong and this really added to the enjoyment of the Tour. Katy was very knowledgable, shared lots of History, and kept the pace moving at a good speed which we also really liked as it allowed us to see more. I would highly recommend taking this Tour with Katy and doing the extended 3 1/2 hours as it flys by very quickly because she makes it so interesting. Thanks very much Katy !!

  • Kenneth F

    5
    - 29 September 2017 -

    Excellent Tour by Guide Katy. We are not big Art fans, but Katy made this tour extremely interesting and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Katy's love and excitement for the Artwork / Artists was so strong and this really added to the enjoyment of the Tour. Katy was very knowledgable, shared lots of History, and kept the pace moving at a good speed which we also really liked as it allowed us to see more. I would highly recommend taking this Tour with Katy and doing the extended 3 1/2 hours as it flys by very quickly because she makes it so interesting. Thanks very much Katy !!

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Things to Do in this tour

Central Park Yoga

Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan. It is the most visited park in the United States and one of the most filmed locations in the world. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds, walking tracks, ice-skating rinks, Zoo, natural woods, running track and theatres.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. It was founded to bring art to the American people. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments.

The Met Cloisters

The Cloisters is a museum in Upper Manhattan, specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture and decorative arts. Its architectural and artistic works are from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Its four cloisters; the Cuxa, Bonnefont, Trie and Saint-Guilhem. It has over 5000 medieval works.

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