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Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

  • Avoid waiting in the long lines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's entrance
  • Your guide leads you through the highlights of the museum’s collections
  • Learn about artifacts that span over more than 6,000 years of human history
Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour with Skip-the-Line Access
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2-hour express tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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3-Hour Extended Tour
3-hour and 15 minutes extended tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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In the grand Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s easy to get lost, or to spend hours looking for the exhibits you’d like to see most. With this guided tour, you won’t waste time wandering aimlessly. Bypass the chaos of the entrance lines with a skip-the-line admission ticket, and head inside where your guide’s packed agenda leads you to the top highlights of the museum’s collections in just a few hours.
What to Expect

Meet your Metropolitan Museum of Art tour guide in front of the Met. Use your skip-the-line admission ticket to avoid the heavy crowds waiting to get in.

Your tour begins in the Ancient Egypt section of the museum. From here, you see the armor of King Henry VIII, the Antioch Chalice, and ancient Greek and Roman artifacts. Your guide describes the history and significance of each artifact in the collection as you go.

Next, view masterpieces by European masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Auguste Rodin before heading up to the rooftop garden to take in sweeping views over Central Park.

If you’ve chosen the longer tour time, continue through areas of Dutch, Italian, and Spanish paintings by artists such as Rembrandt and El Greco.

When your tour ends, you can stay and explore the Met on your own, or continue on your New York City adventure.
2-Hour Express Tour:Start the tour in Ancient Egypt where very well preserved tombs and caskets are on display. Gawk at the dioramas that reveal what life was like the time of Tutankhamen. Also, learn about various burial rituals and see the amazing mummies.
And don’t skip the Temple of Dendur, an ancient Egyptian temple. Get the interesting history on the temple from your guide and learn about its connection to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Leave Egypt and wander the museum looking at the priceless historical artifacts, such as the armor of King Henry VIII and the Antioch Chalice, which some historians and history buffs claim to be the actual Holy Grail. After looking at ancient Greek and Roman statues, head up to the second floor to look at 19th-century paintings. Specifically, marvel at the works of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet’s Water Lillies and Auguste Rodin’s famed sculpture, The Thinker.
When you’ve absorbed enough Expressionism, head up to the rooftop garden to take in the views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. The tour ends here but you’re welcome to stay on the roof for as long as you like. Indulge in a snack or sip a beverage (at your own expense).

3-Hour Extended Tour:After covering the same territory as the 2-hour itinerary, leave the rooftop garden and head back into the museum with your guide. Indulge yourself in the Dutch, specifically the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Peruse paintings by masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt, and then head through the collections by Italian and Spanish painters. Marvel at works by El Greco and then take in Jacques-Louis David’s famous The Death of Socrates.

A little scandal is up next as your guide gives you the inside story about John Singer Sargent’s infamous Madame X. You’ll then be dwarfed by the immense Washington Crossing the Delaware, one of the most recognized paintings in the US.
Linger at artworks that capture your imagination, and enjoy plenty of time to interact with your guide and ask any questions.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Dissappointed-guide seriously lacking of historical knowldege

Our guide, although a very pleasant person with a sense of humor, she was lacking of historical knowledge. She didnt know the construction period of the Dendour temple.She also said the the Egyptian Government was relieved to donat the temple to the US government because...More

Thank Maps729684
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Wonderful tour!

Today, we took a three hour tour with Katie through the MET. There were five of us in our party (a 9-year old and four adults). The MET’s collection is extraordinary and it is scattered amongst the various rooms and buildings that organically grew over...More

1  Thank TomNel123
Reviewed October 30, 2018
Best of the Met in two hours - Awesome

Katie was a very good guide...entertaining and full of anecdotes about the art that we would have otherwise not known. She was engaging and had great energy....it was obvious that she really loves her job at the Met! We were disappointed that the Egyptian and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank lilybutt52
Reviewed October 25, 2018
Excellent introduction to the museum

Our very knowledgeable and charming tour guide Katie gave this group of 15 the best possible introduction to the museum in the two hours available. The tour is highly recommended before you explore this huge building and its many exhibits by yourself.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Seamusschwan
Reviewed October 24, 2018
Very Informative - excellent guide

Really enjoyable tour with an excellent guide. There is so much to see and we had only a short visit to New York so this was just right to give us a very interesting and informative first look at the museum.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Miketpeter
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November 25, 2018|
Response from Trek611016 | Reviewed this property |
You need to check on the internet site for specific hours; they also have phone # to call, and they are very nice.