The Met & Museum of Natural History Skip-the-Line Tour in New York, NY

Babylon Tours1000 5th AveNew York, NY 10028
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Make the most of your time in New York City with this 2-in-1 tour featuring both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of History. The guided experience showcases the best of both world-class museums, ensuring you’ll see the most popular exhibits as well as lesser-known artifacts and artworks worth your time. Along the way, you’ll also gain insider tips and insight only an expert tour guide can provide.

2 to 8 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Semi-private tour with eight guests maximum.
  • Tour duration approximately 5 hours.
  • Transportation from Met to Natural History Museum Tour included.


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Visit two of the Big Apple’s most iconic museums in one day, allowing you to make the most of your time in New York. Join our enthusiastic guide on this private guided museum tour that will explore history, art, and nature’s marvels at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History.

With no less than 2 million works of art and artifacts on hand, the Met showcases objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern art from Europe and beyond. During this tour, you’ll start at the sumptuous Great Hall before moving to the museum’s most important galleries. In the Medieval Europe Gallery, you’ll learn about the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace as well as armory worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the iconic portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Learn about the turbulent and inspiring lives of several European painters including Vermeer, Seurat, and Van Gogh in the European wings.

After a break for lunch, move to the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll take a trip through time and space. The museum’s 33 million objects are spread through 28 different buildings. You’ll start by learning the museum’s history in the majestic Roosevelt Rotunda before moving onto hear how the dioramas are created as you explore the giant African mammals of the Akeley Hall.

The creatures get even bigger as you move towards the dinosaur exhibits featuring some of the most complete collections of dinosaur skeletons anywhere in the world. From the gargantuan Titanosaur to the crowd-favorite T-Rex, even the most serious adult feels like a kid staring up at these beasts. You’ll then move on to hear about the North American Forests, featuring the giant Sequoia, before gaping up at the Blue Whale hanging overhead in the Hall of Ocean Life. Visit some American mammals as you learn about the National Parks of the United States. End your visit with a trip to space, exploring the Cosmic Pathway that details the no fewer than 13 billion years of our universe’s existence. Talk about perspective, right?

Highlights generally include: (if the artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)

• 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
• Picasso, Seurat, Van Gogh
• Titanosaur
• African Elephants
• North American Birds
• Primates
• Human Origins
• Blue Whale

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Met & Museum of Natural History Skip-the-Line Tour

How long is the tour?

Tour duration is approximately 5 hours.

Is there an age recommendation for the tour?

All ages are welcome.

Where does the tour take place?

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 do tours start?

Tour starts at 10:30 AM, daily.

What is included in my admission?

Included in the admission is a professional tour guide, entry to Rijksmuseum; Transportation from MET to the Natural History Museum; Coffee/restroom break.

Do the tours occur rain or shine?

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

Is there transportation available for the tours?

There is no pick-up or drop-off available. This includes Airport transfer/shuttle services. Each tour has some specific meeting points.

Is food or drink allowed?

No outside food or drink when in the Museums can be brought in.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is not allowed, including electronic cigarettes.

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 allowed.