Guided tour

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

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

From US$ 64 per person

Explore centuries of art from around the world on a small group, 3-hour guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum, with express entry. Discover art from 5 continents, including Ancient Egypt, modern-day America, such as the paintings of John Singer Sargent.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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 3-hour small group tour that traverses 5 continents and 5,000 years of art. 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. Learn about Egyptian burial traditions at Pernod’s Tomb, hear about the Rockefeller who came to an abrupt end collecting beast poles in New Guinea, and see a fully intact Roman ruin from Pompeii. Marvel at paintings by Raphael, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Picasso, hearing about the strange lives of these unusual artists along the way. Look at “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, and discover why it caused such an outrage upon its release 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. Your guide is an expert art 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). Enjoy 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
Includes
  • Pre-arranged tickets to the Metropolitan Museum, New York
  • Donation
  • Guide
  • Access to the VIP rooftop terraces (May to October)
  • Tips and gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof that they have received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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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)

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  Please note that 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
  • Please note that 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
  •  Tips are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 50 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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Katie was excellent! We were a group of 10 adults and my 12 year old granddaughter and the 3+ hour tour could not have been better. The content, timing, humor and comfort were priceless. Seeds of excitement to return and learn were planted in a 12 year old! Thank you, Katie.

February 25, 2020

I have been to the Met many times. Finally booked the tour. Was not disappointed.This tour is fantastic. Walks of New York is the company. Katie was the tour guide. You will experience the highlights of the museum. All explained and detailed by Katie. No question was left unanswered. Katie made the tour highly educational and fun. Very enjoyable tour.

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December 24, 2019

Met in 3 hours- do the tour!

Katie was our tour guide and she was very knowledgeable, but also kept it fun. We had our 14 yo daughter with us, and she really tried to engage her and the other younger children on the tour. It was great to hit the highlights of the museum rather than being overwhelmed by the Met’s extended collection.

September 2, 2019

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