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Viator VIP: EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, United States
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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York like never before on this 1.5-hour Viator VIP tour. Head inside the Met before it opens to the general public and see its most famous exhibits with one of the museum’s own guides. Trace more than 5,000 years of human history and get up close to highlights such as Canova’s ‘Perseus with the Head of Medusa’ and Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Wheat Field with Cypresses’ without the usual crowds.
  • 1.5-hour Viator VIP tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
  • Visit The Met, one of NYC’s most popular and busiest attractions, before it opens to the public
  • Explore the empty galleries with one of The Met's own guides
  • Get access to the museum's renowned permanent collection as well as its special exhibitions
  • See key highlights and snap photos without the crowds
  • Numbers are limited to just 25 people, ensuring a more intimate experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this VIP tour, be among the first visitors of the day inside the Met.
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.
Viator VIPs feature travel experiences not typically available to the general public — from behind-the-scenes access to private viewings and VIP service — at many of the world’s top attractions, often with no lines and no crowds. Viator VIP tours are not available from other 3rd-party online sellers.

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Great Tour!
Terry C
, Jul 2019
We loved the tour of the Met before it opened. It’s a little rushed because you only have 1.5 hours but our guide was terrific and we learned so much. A great way to see the Met without the crowds. FYI - you get two days of free access to the Met and all the annexes (including the cloisters) so plan it when you’ll be around nyc for a few days after.
, Jun 2019
We were so excited for this tour, looking forward to a unique experience. Our tour guide was a Columbia Univ professor and very knowledgable and accomplished. However, we missed at least half of what she said. She was not miked and although I questioned her about this, she assured me I would be able to hear her. She talked while on the move and with her back to everyone, it was impossible to hear her. At $175.00 a person, this was quite disappointing. The next day, we toured the 9/11 memorial and.the guide was miked. Museum should do likewise.
A n experience in art and beauty.
, Jun 2019
We really enjoyed our tour and the expertise of our guide. In the allocated 90 mins we only had access to about 7-8 different items but that was still fine because our passes were valid for 3 days. We spent 9 hours in total in the museum and still did not see everything and our hopes of seeing the met cloisters and breuer in one trip were a bit unrealistic! So we will have to make another trip back. Great entertainment though. Totally worth the cost. I loved it.
Patricia B
, May 2019
Do it! Unforgettable experience. We enjoyed every second of this visit. Excellent guide, ansewering our questions with lots of interesting details. Thank you, we will recommend this tour any time.
Best experience in a Museum
, May 2019
When I booked this tour I wasn't sure what was going to be the difference of doing it on regular hours, however this is the best experience I've ever had in an museum, this is an experience that people that appreciated art and history and want more than the "I was here feeling" should try this tour. Just to be able to enjoy the art with almost no one around and getting the right guidance it is priceless. My son and I enjoyed it and thought it was the best experience of our trip.
EmptyMet Tour
, May 2019
EXCELLENT!!! The tour guide was knowledgeable & personal. Having an up close experience with the Art was unforgettable. Highly recommended.
Do it! Yes, the price tag is...
Heather P
, Oct 2018
Do it! Yes, the price tag is high.....and it is worth every penny! To have the MET to yourself with a very knowledgeable museum curator has set the bar high for all future museum visits. I wish they offered this type of tour of more museums, as we would sign up for nothing else but this set-up to truly be able to enjoy the space and the artifacts while getting insight beyond what is on the label and yet without the crush of the crowds.
Absolutely priceless experience not...
Bernadette M
, Jun 2018
Absolutely priceless experience not to have to face the crowds and to get to see the museum with a small group and an expert
Not cheap, but well worth the money...
Malcolm W
, Apr 2018
Not cheap, but well worth the money. To see the MMoA ahead of the crowds with a personal guide is something amazing. From being able to clearly hear your guides and close up views of exhibits, through to being able to take photos of completely empty rooms - an amazing experience. And, just as we finished up the front doors opened and floods of people came in. So glad we saw the museum this way and now think it may be the only way to visit museums!
Although I am not much for museums...
Jon V
, Apr 2018
Although I am not much for museums, this was a great tour. To be able to get into one of the best museums in the country before the general public is a great experience. Our guide was excellent.

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