Met Museum of Art and Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour in New York, NY

Babylon Tours NYC1000 5th AveNew York, NY 10028
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Overview

Experience the best of New York City’s culture and nature on this semi-private combo tour of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Explore the iconic urban park with a guide, stopping at famous landmarks like Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields. Then, skip the line and admire the Met’s vast collection of art, from ancient Egyptian statues to modern masterpieces.

up to 5.5 hrs 2 to 8 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • This semi-private adventure offers a flexible experience.
  • The journey lasts for 5 hours, with a lunch break (lunch not included).
  • The tour operates rain or shine, so participants should dress accordingly and bring an umbrella if needed.
  • Covering about 3 miles of walking, comfortable shoes and water are recommended.
  • The experience includes skip-the-line admission to the Met, guided by a professional art historian.
  • Suitable for all ages and interests, participants can customize their itinerary with the guide.
  • The adventure starts at 10:30 am at the Met, where participants will meet the guide by the information desk in front of the Egyptian Pharaoh statue.
  • The journey concludes at Central Park, where participants can continue to explore on their own or take public transportation to their next destination.
  • Please note that the tour price does not include hotel pickup or drop-off, gratuities, or food and drinks.

Description

from Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour
New York exhibits remarkable art collections both outdoors and indoors, and this combined tour blends the best of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a stroll through iconic Central Park. In this 5 to 5.5-hour semi-private guided tour accommodating up to 8 people, an energetic guide will introduce participants to the world’s most famous swath of greenery while also visiting an equally renowned museum. This unforgettable experience maximizes time uptown. A break between the two visits is included.

At the Met, the guide will showcase a collection rivaling those of the Louvre and the British Museum. With no less than 2 million works of art and artifacts on hand, the Met displays objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt, as well as modern art from Europe and beyond. The tour starts at the sumptuous Great Hall before progressing to the museum’s most important galleries. In the Medieval Europe Gallery, participants will learn about the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace and armory worn by Henry VIII. The American wing features the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange and the iconic portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Insights into the turbulent and inspiring lives of several European painters, including Vermeer, Seurat, and Van Gogh, will be shared in the European wings. The museum itself has stories to tell, and the guide will explain how this American gallery differs from its older European counterparts, especially since it began before the United States was even 100 years old.

After a lunch break, the tour heads to Central Park, designed to provide New Yorkers with a breath of fresh air. More than just green space, it also serves as a venue for memorials and artwork honoring figures like Bolivar and Marti, as well as Balto and Hans Christen Andersen. As the enthusiastic guide shares the park’s history, participants will cross the famous Gapstow Bridge on the way to the Central Park Zoo. The tree-lined Mall will be explored, discussing the literary figures memorialized in statues on either side. The Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, a site of countless Hollywood moments, will be discovered. Crossing Bow Bridge on the way to Strawberry Fields towards the Dakota, participants will learn about John Lennon’s assassination at his memorial. The resplendent restaurant, Tavern on the Green, will be explored before joining locals in Sheep Meadow, where individuals from all walks of life can get away from city life for a moment.

Highlights
  • Henry VIII armor
  • Tiffany Autumn landscape
  • Chicago Stock Exchange Stairs
  • Madame X
  • Pop culture then and now
  • Hudson River School
  • Washington Crossing the Delaware
  • Jan Vermeer; Madonna with Child and many more!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour

How long is the tour?

Tour duration is approximately 5 hours.

What age is recommended for the tour?

It is a family friendly tour! All ages are welcome.

Where is the tour located?

It is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028. The meeting point is by the Information Desk in front of the Egyptian Pharaoh statue, in the Great Hall of the Museum.

When does the tour start?

Tour starts at 10:30 AM, daily.

What does my tour admission include?

Included in the admission is a professional tour guide just for you, all entrance fees, lunch break.

Do tours operate rain or shine?

Yes. Whether it rains, snows, or shines, they run the tours. They advise you to be dressed accordingly to the weather. Check the forecast before coming out of the hotel. And wear comfortable shoes.

How many people can join the tour?

The tour can accommodate up to 8 people per booking. If you have a larger group, please contact us for a custom quote.

Is food or drink allowed inside the museums?

No outside food or drink is allowed inside the museums.

What should I bring with me?

You should bring a valid photo ID, a major credit card (for security deposit), water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, and any personal items you may need.

Can I take photos during the tour?

Photos are allowed unless otherwise indicated. The use of flash video and selfie sticks are prohibited.

Can I bring my pet on the tour?

No, pets are not allowed on the tour.

Can I bring a backpack or a stroller?

Yes, you can bring a backpack or a stroller, but you may be asked to check them in at the museum’s coat check. Please note that some areas of the museum may not be accessible with a stroller.

Can I buy food or drinks inside the museum?

Yes, there are several cafes and restaurants inside the museum where you can buy food or drinks. You can also bring your own food or drinks, but you cannot consume them inside the galleries. You can eat outside in the park or in designated areas inside the museum.