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Thousands visit New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art daily to see masterpieces by artists such as van Gogh, Klimt, and Warhol. Rather than negotiate the crowds, enter before the galleries open to the general public on this VIP tour and see many of the museum’s highlights before the bustle begins. Follow a carefully planned, time-efficient route; and explore with a guide who’ll tell tales of the works many visitors miss.
Enjoy the best of NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on a VIP early-hours tour
Enter the Met and see some of its highlights before it opens to the public
Explore with a guide to hear stories and observations you’d miss alone
Admire works by van Gogh, O’Keeffe, and more without surrounding bustle
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
With this VIP tour, be among the first visitors of the day inside this art-packed museum.
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. The 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 get to 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 is time to snap photos of your favorite works.
After 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.
Start your day with this exclusive tour through The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For an hour and a half, journey uninhibited through an institution which hosts over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world. Experience this popular New York attraction in an intimate setting, limited to 25 guests each tour. As you roam the galleries, snap photos without the crowds and listen to commentary from an expert guide. Feel a frisson of achievement passing the long lines of people once you exit the museum. This surreal, one-of-a-kind experience is not to be missed!
This experience went well beyond expectations. The tour guide was knowledgeable, funny, and welcoming. The small (aprox. 15) group size allowed for greater discussions of the exhibits. The pass lasts for 3 days and we were able to visit the Cloisters the following day. Highly recommend to anyone interested!
The staff guide, her associates and the volunteer - Kimberley - were all exceptional. It was aprivilege to have the Met all to ourselves for such a perfect length of time. As a Canadian, I was delighted to see a Canadian artist prominently featured at the entrance of the Museum.
This is the absolute best way to see the museum without the crowds!! It’s fast paced but as soon as it ends you are the first ones in the museum when it opens. You basically have the museum to yourself for about 2 hours. 100% worth every penny!!
Fantastic once in a lifetime experience. Columbia University Art Lecturer guide was fantastic. Gave us a different perspective on the museum. Have been to the museum before but far better when empty well worth it.