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Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) Tours

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Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s most prestigious art collections and cultural hubs. Five million annual visitors stroll the Met’s 17 acres (6.9 hectares) of gallery space, gazing upon pieces representing 5,000 years of art and human history. From Egyptian tombs to American abstract expressionist paintings, the museum’s permanent collection has more than 2 million objects, so expect to stay awhile.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’s Perseus with the Head of Medusa, Monet’s The Water Lily Pond, and Vincent van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses. The roof garden showcases a different temporary installation each year. 
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, 10028, USA
Hours: Open Sun - Thurs 10am - 5:30pm, Fri & Sat 10am - 9pm
Admission: Varies
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Skip The Ticket Line: New York - Exclusive Metropolitan Museum of Art Attraction Tickets

Skip The Ticket Line: New York - Exclusive Metropolitan Museum of Art

Skip the line in one of the world's finest art galleries, the Metropolitan Art Museum. Over 2 million art objects from ancient Egypt to present-day include 17 curatorial collections. Take advantage of 3-day access at the museum site with one entry. Taking advantage of a flexible refund scheme for vouchers. After one month of your scheduled ticket date, you can visit any time you want. Skip the line at the Met and discover one of the finest art collections in the world. See new architectural and historic shows in The Met Breuer. Visit its uptown location at Cloisters Museum and Gardens. 3-day access to all 3 sites of Met Museum New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Have the opportunity to see the massive collection of one of the largest and finest art museums in the world.
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Reiki Meditation Adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Experience the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a new way on a private tour that combines viewing the masterpieces with Reiki meditation. A personal guide leads you through the museum while performing a Reiki session tailored to your specific needs and interests. This experience is well suited for return museum guests who have visited before and are looking for something more.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Highlights and Guided Tour

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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.
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Get a personalized introduction to New York City's legendary arts showcase with this private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Housing more than 2 million objects, this renowned institution can be overwhelming to explore, so let a private art historian guide show you the highlights from paintings by Vermeer to pop culture memorabilia. Explore at your own pace and concentrate on the museum sections that interest you most with a private tour.
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Take the guesswork out of a visit to New York’s most acclaimed museum on a small-group tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Skip the line and see the most important pieces of the enormous collection—including European paintings, ancient Egyptian sculpture, medieval armor, and pop culture memorabilia—and learn the stories behind the art from an expert guide. Group size is limited to eight for a more personalized tour.
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Skip the Line Private Family Tour at Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket

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See highlights of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on a privately guided tour that is geared for families with children. View artifacts such as Egyptian mummies and suits of armor with an art historian guide who provides fun activities and entertaining stories for the kids. After the tour, you can use your same tickets to continue exploring te grand museum.
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If you're curious to learn what makes the greatest works of art so important, don't miss this private tour at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where your art-expert guide, a former Met employee, helps you answer the question: Is this art, and why? Follow your guide through the Met collection, from the Egyptian Wing to the Arts of Oceania, so you can see the highlights of the museum and explore more than 300,000 years of human creation.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) hours of operation: Open Sun - Thurs 10am - 5:30pm, Fri & Sat 10am - 9pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 83 Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) costs USD 49.00. Guided Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) tours start around USD 49.00 per person. See all 83 Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) tickets and tours on Viator.
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