Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
The Charles Engelhard Court in the American wing of Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
The Charles Engelhard Court in the American wing of Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) Tours and Tickets

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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.

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Anne_M, Nov 2023
Great tour!
First time visit was both interesting and entertaining! We could have done another hour with Katie. Worth the cost.
LISA_D, Nov 2023
Great tour, learned a lot
Great tour. i have been to the MET a few times but never did a tour. It's wonderful to learn the background of the museum, the history, as well as learn the history of all the art and artifacts. Our guide was fabulous. (sorry i forgot your name!) thanks for the lovely day.
Jossie_M, Nov 2023
Great tour
Very nice tour guide. Very knowledgeable and thorough Enjoyed the experience. I will return once the African art exhibit is open
NataliePeterson, Nov 2023
Awesome & Informative
Ryan our guide was very informative and interesting to listen to about the various aspects of the Met. Highly recommend this 3 hour tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) hours of operation?
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) hours of operation: . 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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Q:Do you need a reservation to go to the Met?
A:No, you don’t need a reservation for The Met, unless you’re bringing 10 or more people with you. Tour guides have to secure reservations for their groups, irrespective of group size. If you want to visit one of the museum’s special exhibitions, you’ll likely need to buy a timed admission ticket.
Q:How many days is a Met ticket good for?
A:The Met tickets are valid for one day and grant you access to both the main museum, The Met Fifth Avenue, and The Met Cloisters in Upper Manhattan. Tickets are only valid for same-day use, so it’s best to budget at least half a day for both museums.
Q:Can I bring a backpack to the Met?
A:Yes, you can bring a backpack to The Met, provided it’s a small daypack that you can easily wear on your front or side. Large backpacks, luggage, and food or drinks from outside the museum aren’t allowed inside the galleries, though you can take in a bottle of water.
Q:How much is parking at the Met?
A:The price of parking at The Met varies depending on the time of your arrival and how long you stay. It ranges from US$19 for up to an hour, after 5pm to US$55 for 24 hours. Discounted rates are available for members. Parking at The Met Cloisters is free.
Q:How long does it take to walk through the Met?
A:You’ll need around three hours to see the best of The Met, but you can easily spend much longer exploring the museum, home to more than 2 million works of art. If you’re in a rush, take a tour of the highlights or opt for the 1-hour tour that the museum operates.
Q:What is the best day to visit the Met?
A:The best day to visit The Met is on Friday or Saturday, when the museum stays open until 9pm—it closes at 5pm on other days of the week. The Met is often less crowded in the evening, when you’ll have more time to see the galleries or head up to The Met Cloisters.