Guided tour

New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

Activity provider: Walks - US

New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

Activity provider: Walks - US
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From US$ 74 per person

Likely to sell out

Explore centuries of art from around the world on a guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. Discover art from 5 continents, Ancient Egypt, and modern-day America with skip-the-line access.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Travel through 5,000 years of art history at the Metropolitan Museum
  • Skip the long lines to the Met with a pre-reserved ticket
  • See art by Van Gogh, Picasso, Singer Sargent and more
  • Learn about Ancient Egyptian burial techniques
  • Marvel at an intact monument from Pompeii
  • Get panoramic views of Central Park from an exclsuive VIP rooftop garden
  • Hear fascinating stories behind the art, in lieu of boring facts and figures
Full description

Get a comprehensive introduction to New York’s Metropolitan Museum on a guided tour that traverses 5 continents and 5,000 years of art. Save time on your trip to NYC with skip-the-line access to the population attraction. 

Travel back to Ancient Egypt at the Temple of Dendur and learn how it was brought to the museum with the support of Jackie Onassis. Find out about Egyptian burial traditions at Pernod’s Tomb and hear about the Rockefeller who perished collecting artifacts in New Guinea.

See a fully intact Roman ruin from Pompeii, and marvel at paintings by Raphael, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Picasso. Listen to tales form the strange lives of unusual artists along the way.

Look at “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, and discover why it caused such an outrage in Paris. You will also see one of the most recognizable paintings in the US at “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze.

Enjoy having a guide that is a historian who is passionate about the art on display, providing fascinating anecdotes instead of boring facts and figures. In addition, you’ll have access to the Met’s exclusive rooftop terrace when it's open (May to October). 

Marvel at panoramic views over Central Park and beyond as your guide tells you about the surrounding city and points out where Jackie Onassis once lived, and which celebrities now have their homes on the park perimeter.

Your pre-reserved ticket includes a museum donation, so you won’t have to wait in long access lines, or shell out for the suggested donation once inside

  • Pre-arranged tickets to the Metropolitan Museum, New York
  • Donation
  • Guide
  • Access to the VIP rooftop terraces (May to October)
  • Tips and gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet in the main lobby of the Metropolitan Museum, by the statue of the Pharaoh on your right upon entering (northern side). Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Walks."

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The Temple of Dendur is occasionally rented out for private events, with no advance notice provided. While this usually occurs in the evening, closures may impact this tour. In these cases, other works from the Egyptian collection will be substituted
  • The Met rooftop is closed during the winter from November to April and reopens from early May to the end of October, weather permitting
  • This tour covers quite a lot of ground. Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Please provide your phone number, email address, and the address and phone number of the hotel in which you will be staying in New York
  • This tour operates in English only
  • The tour partner complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Chicago government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.
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based on 110 reviews

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Ryan was an amazing guide and the 3 hours flew by. We were treated to historical context, stories and lessons on culture. Really enjoyed the American Art exhibits, impressionist paintings and the Temple of Dendur. My family of 5 had a great time. Highly recommend this tour. It was seamless and easy

December 19, 2022

The tour started on time. It is ofc a huge museum and you just get to see the few most important art pieces as the guide tells you a lot about them, the 3 hour fly away. I have wandered another 2 hours around to see the things i wanted to see. All in all a nice tour and Roberta was a great guide.

December 2, 2022

The museum is so big and versatile that you won't find your way without a tour guide. Our tour girl was witty, informative and very energetic. The more important ting to mention is to arrive on time or you won't find your group, and you'll have to buy new tickets to enter.

September 15, 2022

Product ID: 48274