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New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

4.6 / 5

47 reviews

New York: Best of the Metropolitan Museum 2-Hour Tour

From £38.51 per person

See the highlights of one of the world's best art museums on a 2-hour tour of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and marvel at art and antiquities from ancient civilizations. See preserved tombs of Ancient Egypt, the controversial Antioch Chalice, and more.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Avoid getting lost in the vast galleries of New York's Metropolitan Museum
  • Learn about the burial rites of Ancient Egypt and see well-preserved tombs
  • Hear all the gossip about the Temple of Dendur and the Antioch Chalice
  • Benefit from pre-reserved tickets to avoid wasting time waiting in line
  • See the best of the Met in just 2 hours
  • Enjoy a more intimate, personalized tour in groups of 15 people or less
Full description
Avoid wandering around the Metropolitan Museum in New York lost and confused, and discover the highlights of the museum's huge collection with an expert guide. Tour in small groups of no more than 15 participants (for a more intimate experience), following a carefully-planned itinerary that starts in Ancient Egypt. See perfectly preserved Ancient Egyptian tombs, and tiny dioramas that show what life was like in the times of Tutankhamun. Learn about their burial rituals in the Egyptian mummies area, and see the Met’s mascot “William.” Continue to the Temple of Dendur, and discover a temple of Ancient Egypt smack in the middle of Central Park! Your guide will provide all the gossip about this and other exhibits, such as how Jackie O procured the Temple of Dendur for the Met; tales about the armor of Britain’s infamous King Henry VIII; and how some think the Antioch Chalice may be “The Holy Grail.” See ancient works of Greek statuary and Roman frescoes, before moving to the exotic exhibits from Papua New Guinea. Admire beautifully carved Bisj poles collected by a Rockefeller, at the cost of his life. Then, head to the 2nd floor to soak in some of Claude Monet’s dreamlike “Water Lillies.” Be energized by the expressive works of Vincent Van Gogh, and inspired by a bronze of Rodin’s “Thinker.”
  • Pre-arranged ticket for the Metropolitan Museum (donation included)
  • Guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants 5 and older must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in the main lobby of the Metropolitan Museum, by the statue of the Pharaoh on your right on entering

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Important information

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  • Please note that The Temple of Dendur is sometimes rented out for private events, with no advance notice provided by the museum. While usually, this occurs in the evening, closures may impact this tour. In such cases, other works from the Egyptian collection will be substituted. Even more rarely, the Metropolitan Museum may rent out select rooms for private events, in which case the same rule of substitution applies
  • Food and drinks are not included in the ticket
  • Optional gratuities are not included
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4.6 /5

based on 47 reviews

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Exceptional tour of The MET

We did the “highlight” 2-hour tour with our family. The value of this tour cannot be overstated. Having someone show you the highlights for two hours and then getting the rest of the museum all for the same cost is the best way to experience the museum with kids of this age. We have 12 year old and 10 year old girls and they enjoyed the tour and our guide very much! The guide was knowledgeable, personable, funny, and professional. She managed a wide age range within our group flawlessly. We will definitely do another tour with this group!

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31 December 2018

Scott was a wonderful guide. He was both informing and entertaining and was able to keep the attention of my 14 year old grandson and his girlfriend for the entire 2 hours. It was a terrific introduction to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I am sure we will be returning again soon.

29 December 2018

Stefan our guide was very knowledgeable about all the different facets of the museum, however it would be helpful if he could speak considerably louder and slow down his speaking delivery ... he speaks very quickly. There seemed to be a bit of confusion about the length of the tour . My friend and I had signed up for 2 hour tour at 3 p.m . The other people had all signed up for a 3 hour tour starting at 3 p.m. but we were all in the same group. Due to early dinner reservations we had to leave at 5:10 when Stefan had just started his tour of impressionism so our time with the tour was really just all the ancient artifacts with little time spent with the various periods of art

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2 April 2018

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