The Museum's Education Department, which also encompasses Concerts & Lectures, makes learning about art enjoyable and intellectually stimulating through a wide array of programs for all audiences: advanced scholars or first-time visitors; families with young children or independent teens; students on a class visit or teachers seeking guidance in incorporating art into school curricula. The department also coordinates the training of future and current museum professionals through internships and fellowships, international staff exchange programs, and formal relationships with academic institutions.
Every year we present more than twenty thousand free-with-Museum-admission and ticketed events that offer many exciting ways to connect meaningfully with the art on view. Visitors can choose from gallery talks, tours, short courses, studio workshops, lectures, symposia, concerts, film screenings, and multigenerational drop-in drawing sessions, or they can explore independently using one of our Audio Guides. Teens can join their peers in classes that include art making and writing. Specially designed drop-in tours, art activities, festivals, and printed guides are perfect for families with children. To make the collection accessible to all, we offer Sign Language interpretation and assistive listening devices, as well as a variety of programs specifically created for audiences with disabilities.
For more than a hundred years, the Met has welcomed visits by school groups. We serve K–12 classes through guided or self-guided tours, and offer onsite and online workshops, professional training opportunities, and curriculum resources for teachers. We also work in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and other core constituents to develop and host educational events that advance arts learning in schools.
The Multicultural Audience Development Initiative reflects the Museum's founding mission to educate and inspire by reaching out to all of its constituencies.
Spectrum encourages post-college audiences to experience the Metropolitan Museum in new and unexpected ways.