Guided tour

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

4.6 / 5

94 reviews

Activity provider: Walks - US

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

Activity provider: Walks - US
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From US$ 62 per person

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See the highlights of one of New York’s Metropolitan Museum and marvel at art and antiquities from ancient civilizations. Uncover tombs from ancient Egypt and the controversial Antioch Chalice.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • 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 museum with a guide that can take you to the highlights
  • Enjoy a more intimate, personalized tour in groups of 15 people or less
Full description

Avoid wandering aimlessly around the extensive collections of Metropolitan Museum in New York with this guided tour. Discover the museum's hottest attractions with a carefully-planned itinerary that starts in Ancient Egypt.

View 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. Hear gossip about this and other exhibits, such as how Jackie O procured the Temple of Dendur for the Met.

Be enthralled by tales about the armor of Britain’s infamous King Henry VIII and how some think the Antioch Chalice may be the Holy Grail. Admire ancient Greek statues and Roman frescoes, before moving to the exotic exhibits from Papua New Guinea.

Marvel at beautifully carved Bisj poles collected by a Rockefeller, at the cost of his life. 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

Know before you go

  • 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
  • The tour partner complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Chicago government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 94 reviews

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Our guide, Katie, was knowledgeable, friendly and truly attentive to her guests. With the guidance of Get Your Guide help desk even if we were 15 minutes late they connected with Katie who left our tickets at group check in and we were able to catch up and join the group! Katie was welcoming and had great insights of The Met which we would not have known on our own. I have a special needs child, so close to the end of our two hour he could not pay attention anymore, but Katie was very patient and accommodating. She still tried to get him engaged. Overall a 5 star experience despite mishaps we caused at our end!

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April 6, 2022

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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December 31, 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.

December 29, 2018

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