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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

It’s possible to spend an entire day inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and still not see everything, but this guided Met tour is the best way to take advantage of the riches that are inside one of the world’s greatest art museums. See the highlights of the collection and get special insight into the works of art on display, all within a small-group atmosphere.
  • Skip the entrance lines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on this tour
  • A guide knows the museum well so you can see more of the Met in less time
  • Visit the rooftop garden for panoramic views of Central Park (October to May only)
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people provides an intimate experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This express tour skips the line and sees Met highlights in a few hours.
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Small groups of only 10 people or fewer
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

1000 5th Ave (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Meet in the main lobby to the right of the information desk in front of the large seated Pharaoh.

11:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art—or, as it’s affectionately called by New Yorkers, The Met—boasts an immense collection of art and artifacts that span more than 6,000 years of human history. It’s one of the world’s great museums. So great, it has the ability to overwhelm even its most artistically astute visitors. This tour, though, is the antidote to that.

Skip the line and stroll right into the museum. After meeting your guide in the lobby head off with your guide who explains the significance of each piece of art you stop to look at and curates a perfect tour of the museum's highlights.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Walks
An expert guide will lead you through 5,000 years of art, from Ancient Egypt to modern America, in just 3 hours
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Central Park
Enjoy an iconic museum on miracle mile
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art tour with an informative guide
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • From 1st March 2020 the duration of the tour is 2 hours 30 minutes
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Take Walks New York by Walks
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour.

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  • "You do not need to exchange your digital voucher, it will be given to you by your guide." See review
  • "While at first this, 3 hours sounds like a long time, inside the Met its actually quite fast." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-2
False advertising - huge tour group (more than 'maximum') - poor experience
Christina_R
, Nov 2021
Unfortunately, we can't recommend this tour. It was not as advertised and therefore not worth the money - there were way more people than the 'maximum' advertised. Our booking details read "Small groups of only 10 people or fewer" and "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers" but there were several more than that, and it was way too big of a group for a quality experience. The poor guide really tried hard but we couldn't hear him - because there were so many people, he had to turn his head to look at everyone, and so we missed more than half of what he was saying at all times. 15-minutes in we were having a terrible experience and requested a refund right there on the spot, which Viator will not give us - unbelievable! We ended up veering off and doing our own thing. We tried to keep up with him, but because we could barely hear what he was saying, we were better off looking around and reading the cards ourselves. The tour is "express" so he only picks a few pieces to talk about and then talks about them extensively, speaking quietly and quickly. We actually could hear other tour guides in the museum more loud & clear than we could hear our own. The Met is too large/crowded/loud of a place to be in a big tour group, it has to be an intimate experience, which this was not. Less notably, our booking details said there would be a coat check available and there wasn't, so we had to carry our big coats the whole time, and it said "Skip the line and stroll right into the museum" which is not entirely true..you still have to wait in a long line to go through security (of course) before you meet up with the guide. Our biggest issue was the large group size though because that took away from our experience. It's unethical that Viator would have a false description and then refuse a refund for a poor experience. Will not book anything through Viator again.
star-5
Book this tour!
maryJo_m
, Nov 2021
Our guide was an absolute rock star. Thank you Kate!!! You made our visit so special. Informative fun and interesting
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear MaryJo, Thank you for trusting us with your holiday! We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your Metropolitan Museum tour so much and found our guide Kate to be an absolute rock star! We wish you all the best on your future travels, and hope they will bring you to "walk" with us again soon! All our best,
star-5
Katie and Her Met Tour - Best experience in NYC
Michael_J
, Jan 2020
We enjoyed an educational yet funny and thoroughly enjoyable 3.5 hour tour with Katie at the Met. Katie showed us some of the world famous art pieces at the Met and enhanced the experience with the cultural and artistic backdrop against which the pieces were created. She also showed us some of the hidden gems that we would not have discovered without her guidance. After the tour Katie stayed around to answer questions and even showed a few of us some extra exhibits because she saw we were interested and she clearly loves her job. Best money we spent in NYC.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We are just delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Met tour with Katie! We are certainly lucky to partner with such wonderful, passionate guides. Thank you for your review.
star-5
Great tour guide
Pamela_w
, Jan 2020
Our Guide was excellent. She kept us involved and the the three flew! Unfortunately can’t remember her name. Highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for your recommendation! We are thrilled to hear that you loved your guided exploration of one of New York's finest museums with one of our finest guides! Sharing the history and love of art is our passion and we are delighted that we got to share it with you.
star-5
Art History Review
Kirby_S
, Jan 2020
Katie was amazing and extremely knowledgeable! It was so nice to be on a tour with only 6 people with the ability to ask questions and hear Katie throughout the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Nothing makes for an excellent tour like a small, intimate group and an expert, engaging guide! We are glad that you enjoyed your tour with Katie and hope that the rest of your visit to New York was a good one.
star-5
MET Walking Tour
Simon_D
, Jan 2020
Excellent tour led by Katie! We are definitely going to do this again and hope Katie is available. She made it fun and engaging for our kids. See you soon!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We would love to have you join us again! Thank you for reviewing your experience with us; we will look forward to next time!
star-5
Best Tour
46nancyh46
, Dec 2019
This is the best way to see and enjoy the Met in a short amount of time. Katie was a fantastic, enthusiastic, guide. She told us things you wouldn't have found out by reading the plaques. Much better and more interesting than just wandering on your own.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Much better and more interesting is exactly what we are aiming for with our tours! There's no need to wander the halls aimless and lost when you simply follow along with an insightful and interesting guide! Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again!
star-5
Awesome!
John_G
, Nov 2019
Our guide Katie was fantastic! The tour was informative and fun - appropriate for all ages. Would recommend this tour to anyone!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello caseygorman43, Thank you for joining us during your recent trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art! We are delighted that you had such a fabulous time with Katie, and that you found our tour to be both fun and informative. That is exactly what we like to hear! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
star-5
Wonderful tour of the Met
rscast
, Oct 2019
We really enjoyed our tour of the Met. Katherine was our guide. She was very knowledgeable and helped us understand what the numerous art pieces meant. Thanks again for a great tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much for your review! We're excited that you enjoyed your tour with us.
star-5
Best Tour Guide Ever
rrice8872019
, Oct 2019
We had a wonderful tour of the Met with Katie. We have been on many dozens of tours around the world over the last 15 years and can say Katie is the best tour guide we’ve ever had. She was as entertaining and informative as anyone can possibly be. She was delightful. This was our first time at the Met and we throughly enjoyed it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We're so lucky to get to partner with such exceptional guides. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your tour with Katie and hope that the rest of your visit to New York was a wonderful one.

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