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Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour with Skip the line Access

From $60.28

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Small groups of only 15 people or fewer
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Central Park

1 hour 10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

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


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Kevin was a great guide,...
jennifer03055, Sep 2023
Kevin was a great guide, very knowledgeable. He was friendly and considerate of the group, although I was he would have asked if we needed a 5 minute break.
John_W, Sep 2023
Katie, our guide, was very knowledgeable, passionate and enthusiastic about her ideal job. The tour was well planned. She took time to engage with the group, answer questions and raise interesting, thought provoking topics.
Great tour!
Sophie_O, Sep 2023
Had a really lovely time with our tour guide! 2 hours is plenty for any museum goer especially in somewhere as huge as the Met. We learned a nice range of art periods and continents. My family really enjoyed it.
The whole experience was...
Christine_R, Sep 2023
The whole experience was amazing. The Chinese porcelain ,artwork and Egyptian area was so interesting. I will definitely have to return as so much more to see
Magic Met!
Carole_J, Sep 2023
Our tour with Charlie was great. He was friendly, enthusiastic and very knowlegeable about the exhibits. I highly recommend the Highlights Tour as a fun intruduction to The Met or for those with limited time. After the Tour we had a bite to eat and then continued looking around for another few hours. A great day in a stunning Museum.
Highlights tour
Suzanne_D, Sep 2023
We liked the vanGogh tidbit about the flip side of the canvas and also Rodin sculptures about Adam. The tour guide was also very informative and I liked the way he explained the art; he took his time. And he was likable
Not impressed or worth the cost.
Stephen_M, Sep 2023
Our guide was a nice person but not very knowledgeable. He shared a fair bit of misinformation. Very surface treatment.
Warning bad customer service
Saadia_S, Sep 2023
Bad experience, do not book with viator. Waste of money, just use other webs to book events. Ugh it was horrible i couldn't get any customer service rep to help me correctly
Time-effective tour of the Met
Alessio_R, Sep 2023
The Met is enormous and it take a huge amount of time to be properly visited: with this tour I have been able to see some of the most beautiful highlights with in-depth explanations, making my visit much more interesting, most recommended!
Take a tour
Mary_H, Sep 2023
The Met is an awesome place to visit! Our tour guide Kevin was excellent. His knowledge of art, artists, and the Met made our tour a great experience. Three hours is not enough.
Ryan made this amazing!
Rebecca_S, Sep 2023
Ryan, our guide, was the best! We had a wonderful time and learned so much! We will definitely do this again if we are in NYC.
Kevin was so knowledgeable about everything. He was a fantastic tour guide
Raylene_C, Aug 2023
Personally pointing out Jackie O residence and her part in getting Egyptian exhibit Egypt was my favorite along with Asian
Excellent your!
Rebecca_M, Aug 2023
The three hours was perfect for getting an overview of the museum. Our guide Kevin was a wealth of knowledge and we appreciated his insights into the art. Highly recommend!
Rachel_H, Aug 2023
After multiple visits to the MET, I made the decision to take a tour which proved to be a game-changer. With its vast collection of art and artifacts from all over the world, the museum can be overwhelming for casual tourists. However, the guided tour made the experience much more enjoyable. The tour guide was deeply passionate about her work and her captivating stories about each highlighted piece left me mesmerized. The MET is a must-see destination for anyone interested in art and culture. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting New York City.
MET visit
Elmostafa_B, Aug 2023
Very interesting, guide professional. Meteorite exposition is amazing. I took many pictures. Take some thing to cover yourself because AC was too cold in some areas.
Enjoyable & informative
Victoria_Y, Aug 2023
Our guide was informative & enthusiastic. We visited many varied galleries which gave us a good overview of the museum.
Worth the money if you want to see main key pieces
Tami_G, Aug 2023
We had Kevin for our 3-hour tour and he was very knowledgeable! Obviously nobody can see everything in one day at the Met, but Kevin highlighted key pieces and historical acknowledgments. Highly recommend this tour.
Great tour guide
Susan_L, Aug 2023
Kevin was a fantastic guide. Learned a lot and made the artwork come to life for us. Museum is huge and it was great to have an expert help us navigate it.
A beautiful day at the Met
Jennifer_S, Jul 2023
Our guide Ryan made our visit to the Met very enjoyable! His kindness and knowledge about the museum made his an extraordinary guide. It was an experience of a lifetime!
Awesome tour and guide.
James_C, Jul 2023
Ryan was a great tour guide and we thoroughly enjoyed the time and effort he put put into showing us around the Metropolitan Museum. The history of the building was insightful and he was very entertaining. The personal touches he added by taking photos of our family was very much appreciated. He is definitely an asset to your company.

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