The MET Tour - Metropolitan Museum of Art Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in New York, NY

Babylon Tours1000 5th AveNew York, NY 10028
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Enjoy a guided, skip-the-line tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art which features one of the most comprehensive art collections in the world. The attraction offers nearly two million pieces of art from over the past 5,000 years. Highlights include artifacts from ancient Greece and Egypt as well as paintings from artists such as Van Gogh and Seurat.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Tour duration approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Admission includes private tour guide and all entrance fees.
  • Avoid waiting in line with skip-the-line tickets.
  • View works by Pollock, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and more.


from The MET Tour - Metropolitan Museum of Art Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
Commanding crowds on the same level as the Louvre and British Museum, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most important landmarks in the Big Apple. Instead of wandering aimlessly, join a knowledgeable young guide on this 2.5-hour private tour that will open your eyes to the history and works of art housed within the museum’s walls. The best part is that you can skip any lines! Consider a Friday or Saturday evening tour for an even more private feel.

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. The museum itself has stories to tell, and your 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!

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, and more!

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Austin, Texas, United States
"Great tour of “the bigs” of American Museum of Natural History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
Robin Garr took us on a fabulous tour of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. About 100 minutes hitting “the bigs” in the museum. Robin shared so much interesting information and we never could have seen so much in so little time without her. Outstanding!!
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Sao Paulo, SP
"Metropolitan Museum of Art Skip-the-Line Guided Tour - Semi-Private"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
Our guide Mark was great. Showed us the Met through a different perspective, not only historical, but also “artist’s eyes”. A dream come true experience!
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Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
"Great visit to Statue of Liberty and Ellis island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019 NEW
We had been to New York a number of times but had never been to the Statue of Liberty. We had done tours with Babylon in other cities and figured we would give it a try. It was a great experience. A small group (5 people) and a very knowledgeable leader Katherine. We learned a lot of things we had not known before and had a very enjoyable time. This is a tour that is very much worth the time.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2019
Mark was amazing—a brilliant ray of sunshine on a rain-soaked day. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and personable and made countless connections between what we were seeing and places in the city for us to look out for afterwards. His love the city is so obvious. Would love to go on more tours with him!
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San Diego, California
"Great private tour of the MET"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2019
We called Robin in the morning for our pre arranged private tour. We met in the lobby of the MET and Robin was a wonderful guide who was very knowledgable of art history. She was able to squeeze in as much as possible in the time we had together and we were grateful her ability to keep us on the move. There were three of us on this private tour and I would definitely recommend a private tour if you only have a half day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The MET Tour - Metropolitan Museum of Art Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

What is your cancellation policy?
You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the tour start times.

How long is the tour?
Tour duration is approximately 2-2.5 hrs.

What ages are recommended for the tour?
All ages are welcome.

Where is the tour meeting point?
Meeting point is by the Information Desk in front of the Egyptian Pharaoh statue, in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

When does the tour start?
Tour starts at 10:30 AM, 2 PM, daily and there is a 5 PM option on Friday and Saturday nights.

What does my admission include?
Included in the admission are a professional tour guide and all entrance fees.

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

Is outside 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?
No pets allowed.