Guided tour

New York City: Best of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour

Activity provider: Walks - US
Guided tour

New York City: Best of the Metropolitan Museum Guided Tour

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

Likely to sell out

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

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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. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Walks."

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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.
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based on 128 reviews

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Our guide Kevin was just wonderful! I have been to the Met many times but without a guided tour. Kevin made everything so much more exciting and interesting! I learned so many things I never knew. I didn’t want tour to end! I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves art and history! Will definitely book again!

March 24, 2023

There’s no better way to experience the museum. Going through the rooms and pieces with an expert who can stop just at the right places and give you the backstory of them with such enthusiasm can’t get beaten. Kevin was our tour guide and is very knowledgeable and entertaining!

March 24, 2023

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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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 51632