Guided tour

NYC: Extended Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Activity provider:Walks - US
Guided tour

NYC: Extended Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Activity provider:Walks - US
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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
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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Fantastic 3-hour guided today in the Met with Katie. What a fantastic guide…! Great storyteller, lots of in-depth knowledge and most of all such a kind and fun person, she made it all so interesting and entertaining for us. Could not recommend her more and would definitely recommend this guided tour!

April 16, 2023

My friend and I had a fabulous time with Ryan. 3 hours flew. He was so knowledgeable, with a great sense of humor. There were only 6 people on the tour - one lovely young couple touring NYC from Germany, and another from Seattle and my friend, Margie and me . We all learned so much from Ryan and though I have been to the Met many times in my life, we were in places I had never seen. It was a marvelous tour and highly recommended whether you are local or visiting from out of state!

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March 14, 2023

Absolutely awesome! Great tour through the highlights of the Met. But most importantly, the tour guide makes this a one of a kind experience. She was knowledgable, funny, and shared many inspirational stories. We truly see art in a different way after taking this tour!

February 3, 2023

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