On the morning of your tour, make your way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the eastern edge of Central Park. The Met ranks among the most prestigious museums in the world, among the likes of the British Museum, the Louvre and the Vatican Museums. Proof is in the numbers: Over six million visitors flock to the Met each year, making it the city’s most visited tourist attraction. And you’ll explore its galleries before the museum is open to the public.
Meet your guide — an employee of the Met — near the entrance and head directly inside. See highlights of the permanent collection such as the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, Tiffany glass and revered masterpieces by the Old Masters. Other notable works include Roman frescos, Greek statues and modern pieces. Throughout the tour, there will be time to snap photos of your favorite works.
After roughly 1.5 hours of in-depth commentary about the exhibits and the museum’s history, you can leave the museum — just try not to look too smug as you pass the long line of people waiting to get inside.
Want to see more? You can stick around to explore the Met on your own with the included EmptyMet ticket that not only gets you same day admission to the Met, but also the Met Breuer and the Met Cloisters.
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