New York City

Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Small Group Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

From $126.14

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Visit one of the most the important art museums in the world
  • Skip the entrance line at NYC's Met with reserved entry
  • View highlights of a collection spanning more than two million pieces
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people for a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Skip-the-Line Semi-Private Guided Museum Tour. Security line still mandatory for guests and may vary
  • Semi-Private Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum
  • Professional Guide
  • Duration 2.5 Hours
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
  • Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

    Meet near the Information Desk in front of the Egyptian Pharaoh statue, in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Notes: The Met museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

I recommend getting the upgrade to a private tour for your group.


156 reviews
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Great last night in NYC
Paige_S, Jul 2023
Jeff was very informative and quickly sensed the art that the small group would enjoy. We highly recommend the tour AND Jeff.
Ohio Grandmother loves Biator
Marilyn_O, Jun 2023
There 4 in our group and Cherie was wonderful and engaged with us all very well. Our first time to the Met and we learned so much! I’ll be much better prepared to explore on my own next time!
Worth every penny
Michael_M, Jun 2023
Robin’s knowledge is eclipsed only by her humor and passion for all she can show you at the Met. This is a wonderful experience that—for your kids, or the kid inside of you as an adult—can spark an interest in art, history, and cultures. What a great way to spend time!
Best way to see the most impactful art
Kendall_T, Jun 2023
Great tour and tour guide! I was wary of a tour guide as I tend too like to go with my own flow but in this instance it was SOO worth it. I got to see some of the worlds greatest works of art in approximately 3 hours. The pass lasts all day so you can always go on your own time to see areas of interest after it wraps up. But given the sheer SIZE of the MET, it can be daunting doing it without context. Particularly as a solo traveler.
Awesome experience at The Met!
Stephen_W, Mar 2023
Our guide Robin was awesome. Her knowledge over the top and her passion was infectious. Having the back story on so many of the paintings and exhibits made our visit to The Met a fantastic experience. Even our teenage kids thought it was great. Would absolutely recommend her to anyone. Definitely worth it!!!
Excellent tour and guide
Martin_R, Mar 2023
This guided tour was excellent. We had Mark Venaglia as guide - he was incredibly friendly, his knowledge is amazing, and he was flexible in that he noticed what we were interested in, and then adjusted the focus of the tour accordingly.
Mark’s Private Met Museum Tour is AMAZING!!!
Robin_L, Jan 2023
I set up a private tour of NYC’s Metropolitan Museum bc there are 9 family members visiting ages 86 - 19. About 1/2 enthusiastically embraced the opportunity for the private tour and 1/2 planned to “hop out” after an hour to stand on the coat line for the rest of us. Mark texted me 24 hours in advance to set up the meeting location, greeted us with warmth, a big smile, helped us settle in and off we went. From the first moment Mark skillfully managed the group, shared secret books and crannies of the Met, it’s history, the fun human background on donors to the building and art collections, weaved us through the various rooms, and enlightened us with a fun, interesting dialogue of art history including history of the artists, the pieces and culture at the time of the painting. I watched our family group smile, laugh, ask questions, and, before we knew it, 2 hours had elapsed!!! Our mixed group of 9 all agreed we need to meet with Mark on our next trip for another tour of a NYC landmark. What a fun afternoon!!! Thank you Mark!!
Great tour!
Katherine_W, Jan 2023
Mark was a wonderful guide! He was friendly, knowledgeable and an excellent storyteller. We had a great afternoon with him.
Awesome time saver
Charles_M, Dec 2022
Our tour guide Matt was great, and he did a great job making it very easy on us at the start. Great review of the highlights but this museum is huge so plan on spending an additional 1-2 hours on your own seeing things not covered by the tour.
Johnathan rocks!!
Ami_E, Dec 2022
We enjoyed learning some Back stories about the MET- provenance, etc. Johnathan was such a treat and very entertaining and knowledgeable!!
Brilliantly captivating Met tour with Mark
Maria_J, Nov 2022
This was our first semi-private tour and it was refreshing and very insightful. Our guide Mark was well versed in Art and really enhanced the museum experience. He was warm, friendly, and invited discussion from all. The input from others was also wonderful. Resoundingly, we recommend booking this outing with Mark for a first visit to the Met. It’s perfect for those that only have time to visit highlights from the permanent collection and cannot spend all day at the museum. It was kid friendly as well.
Amazing Jonathan!
Patricia_T, Oct 2022
Amazing!!! Jonathan was so informative, engaging and passionate. He vast knowledge about the history of the Met was fantastic and we did not want the tour to end! If you are interested in visiting the museum, you must ask for Jonathan, who I can ton recommend enough… five STARS ⭐️
Great experience
Ann_B, Oct 2022
Amazing tour guide! Learned so much about art and the Met’s architecture! Guide was engaging and very willing to answer our questions!
Great tour
Saranne_K, Sep 2022
Could never have navigated ourselves through this museum because of its massive size. Our guide Jeff was informative and gave us an appropriate sampling of what the museum offers
Mark was a great tour guide!
Sam_M, Sep 2022
Mark was a fantastic tour guide. We loved his enthusiasm and he clearly had cast knowledge of the Met. He made our experience excellent!
5-star Semi-Private Tour of the Met
Catherine_L, Jul 2022
My family did a semi-private tour of the Met. Our tour guide, Mark, was phenomenal. He was personable, friendly, and super knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience for my family.
Perfect way to take in all The Met has to offer
Lindsay_E, Jun 2022
Our guide Mark made this tour! He was so knowledgeable and excited to tell us all about The Met. We learned a lot of history about the Museum but also learned about taking in art! We were practically the only ones in a room full Van Goghs —what an experience. Great way to visit this huge, amazing museum without being overwhelmed. Highly recommend this tour.
Our favorite tour while in NYC!
Joshua_F, Jun 2022
Jonathan was fantastic! He took us around to some great works of art and gave us not only history and story but encouraged us to give our own impressions. We had a great time and he made it one our best tours while in NYC!
Take this tour, don’t try to do it on your own!
Kristen_P, May 2022
This tour was absolutely incredible! I would have been so lost in that maze of beautiful artwork and not seen half of what I needed to. I have to give a shout out to Mark from Babylon Tours, he was absolute perfection for a tour guide- gave us some off the beaten path mixed with must sees and never hesitated to stop when something interested my husband or I. Mark was incredibly knowledgeable and you could just feel his passion for the museum. I would 1000% recommended this tour and Mark as well!
Simply the Best!
Ken_C, Apr 2022
Mark Venaglia - Bravo! So knowledgeable and personable. His insights and perspectives as an artist himself brought the Met to life!! Thank you Thank you Mark! Our deep gratitude - Jaimie and Ken

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