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Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)

Open Sun - Thurs 10am - 5:30pm, Fri & Sat 10am - 9pm
1000 Fifth Avenue, 10028

The Basics

Valid for three consecutive days, basic Met tickets include access exhibits at the museum’s three branches: the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer, and the Met Cloisters. Visit on a hop-on hop-off bus tour and peruse the Met’s vast collection on your own, or see the highlights on a private tour with an expert guide. Skip-the-line tickets and VIP after-hours admission are also available for visitors who want to save time and escape the crowds. Similarly, travelers can choose an EmptyMet tour to visit before the museum opens and partner up with an art expert to enjoy an intimate view of the collection’s most famous exhibits.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
$115.54 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Museum and Guide
Our guide, Mark, did a great job of showing us the museum and the key areas to resist on our own. He also was great about taking questions and providing detailed answers. Would definitely recommend to others.
Grant_F, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Katie’s Tour
Kathryn_Z, May 2022
Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour
Katie was so very knowledgeable and so much fun. For 3 hours we followed her around like little ducklings, listening to every word and enjoying her never ending banter. I highly recommend this tour with Katie to everyone who walks through the museum door! You’ll learn a lot and have a great time! Who could ask for anything more?
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Met NYC Tour Big Thumbs up
Noah_S, May 2022
Metropolitan Museum of Art Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
The tour guide Jonathan was incredible. Full of knowledge and and also had a sense of his own style when it comes to art. Enlightening. Highly recommend.
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Unforgettable Experience at the MET
Magrieta_P, May 2022
Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour
Katie was a friendly and knowledgeable tour operator and explained and described all very good to us. We highly recommend her as a tour guide. She made our visit to the MET an unforgettable experience.
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The Met museum. Like drinking art and history from a firehouse! Thrilling!
sam_w, May 2022
Metropolitan Museum of Art Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
The range and number of the impressionists was wonderful at the Met! Katherine is knowledgeable and passionate about art and art history. She is able to tether together the arc of Art history and show how our art and culture are not isolated to separate epochs, but are built layer upon layer. Highly recommend
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Excellent Tour!
Susan_R, May 2022
The Best of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2 Hours
Excellent tour and a great way to see the highlights and learn! Our guide was fabulous and had a lot of insight/history.
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Simply the Best!
Ken_C, Apr 2022
Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Semi-Private Tour
Mark Venaglia - Bravo! So knowledgeable and personable. His insights and perspectives as an artist himself brought the Met to life!! Thank you Thank you Mark! Our deep gratitude - Jaimie and Ken
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Moving
Shannon_G, Apr 2022
The Best of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2 Hours
Truthfully, my tour guide, Katherine was wonderful. Engaging, informative and charming. I found that I was in more of a contemplative mood and dropped out of the tour in an hour. This is no reflection of my tour though. I’d recommend it. Thank you for asking about my experience. It was all breathtaking.
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Big place little time.
JAMES_C, Apr 2022
Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Semi-Private Tour
Great quick tour. So much to see. Very knowledgeable. Guide willing to accommodate any special art interests you might have.
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MET Private Guided Tour
Josh_B, May 2022
Metropolitan Museum of Art Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
We had Robin as our tour guide and was fantastic. We could hear her perfectly even with masks on and she showed a nice diverse collection. Would highly recommend.
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Everything was perfect!
Anna_M, Apr 2022
Skip the Line: Metropolitan Museum of Art and 2 Self-guided tours
It's so easy and comfortable! I just had to download the ticket and show it at the entrance. The time was indicated on the ticket so I didn't wait long. The city's audio guides were perfect as well. I really loved this experience and recommend it.
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Fantastic Private Met Tour by Mark
John_W, May 2022
Metropolitan Museum of Art Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
My husband and I have been on a lot of art gallery and museum tours, and they can be hit and miss. The Viator private tour of the Met was a definite hit. Our tour guide, Mark, did a fantastic job. He was passionate about the Met and its collection, engaging, and extremely knowledgeable. We had a lot of fun and would book another Met tour with Mark again in a heartbeat.
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Katie is an amazing guide...
Kelly_C, Apr 2022
Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour
Katie is an amazing guide with extensive knowledge in art history. She provided historical context for every object she showed our group, and her story telling skills were fantastic. She was funny, accomodating and eager to answer questions and assist in any way. Her passion for art and antiquities is apparent and moving. I highly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Fee-based audio tours are available in several languages.

  • Food and drink, other than water in plastic bottles, are not allowed into the museum.

  • There are eight onsite dining options, ranging from casual cafés and cafeterias to fine dining spots.

  • Flash photography and video cameras are not permitted inside the museum.

  • Luggage, carry-on bags, musical instruments, oversize backpacks, and other large items are not allowed in the museum and cannot be stored at the coat check.

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How to Get There

Set back from Fifth Avenue on the eastern edge of Central Park in New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the star attraction of Museum Mile. To get there, catch a Fifth Avenue bus or take the subway to 86th Street (4, 5, or 6 train); from the Upper West Side, take the M86 bus across the park and get off at Fifth Avenue.

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When to Get There

The Met is open year-round and daily from 10am to 5:30pm, with extended hours until 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Summer visitors can enjoy incredible views of Central Park from the rooftop café and bar, open May through October. In winter, the museum can be a cozy retreat from chilly weather. Weekends are the busiest time to visit, so visit on a weekday if you want to avoid crowds. For a sophisticated evening treat, visit on Friday or Saturday night, when the Met serves cocktails and snacks with live music on the Great Hall Balcony Bar.

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Met Museum Highlights

Since the Met opened to the public in 1880, its footprint has expanded to cover more than 2 million square feet (186,000 square meters). While there is something for everyone here, highlights include the collections of European paintings, classical antiquities, medieval armor, Islamic art and artifacts, and American decorative arts. Don’t miss masterpieces such as Canova’sPerseus with the Head of Medusa, Monet’sThe Water Lily Pond, and Vincent van Gogh’sWheat Field with Cypresses. The roof garden showcases a different temporary installation each year.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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