• Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.

Customer Reviews

Bernadette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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

Malcolm W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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!

Kimberly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Perfect way to see the art and get great photos without all the crowds!

Jon V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Harry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I would highly recommend this tour as it was well worth the money to have 90 minutes in the Met with only about 20 other people.

Dean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Loved the early morning tour of the Met! It was so interesting and it makes the art more special when you know some of the history behind it. We wish we could have followed the tour guide around the museum all day.

Anna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The empty space was a privilege. A small group of around 25 of us were alone in the Met for an hour and a half before the doors opened at 10am. We drifted past barriers reserved for later lines who would need to queue to get into the Temple of Dendur or even the cafe. When our early-morning tour was over, we had access to everything else. So you can see what you want to see, after your tour, yet cherish the knowledge that you've seen it without the crowds getting in between you and the picture or sculpture. Much recommended.

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

AWESOME !!!!!

Peta N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Amazing being in with no other people being able to see a huge selection of items and get the history behind them. Gives a great start to what you want to go and look at in depth later on. Highly recommended!

Edward W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Having the museum all to yourself was epic. The tour guide was super knowledgeable also. The only downside is that some of the iconic paintings were outta town in Paris (for a Louis Vuitton best of MoMA event...lol). It would have been nice to know that beforehand.

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