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Community Programs

Community Programs

Visit the Met and make it yours! The Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomes group visits from organizations that serve adult New York City residents who may not yet have experienced the Museum as a result of significant socioeconomic, linguistic, educational, or cultural barriers. These may include GED students, adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students, Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, those in transitional housing, and others.

Appointments are required for all groups visiting the Museum. Organizations who serve other kinds of groups (for example, senior groups who do not face the kinds of barriers described above or after-school youth groups) may book visits directly through the Group Services Office. Learn more about reserving admission for these groups.

Download a printable Community Programs flyer (PDF) to post or distribute through your organization.

These programs are made possible in part by the Ann Eden Woodward Foundation.


You may choose between the following types of programs, both of which take place at the Metropolitan Museum:

  • Tour of the galleries (one hour; fee: $110)
  • Professional-development session in the galleries and classrooms for community-organization staff to help them use the Museum and its resources with the groups they serve (two hours; fee: $250)

For community groups interested in self-guided visits, consult our group admission rates and guidelines.

Organizations with extremely limited resources may qualify for significantly reduced rates or fee waivers. Please contact Community Programs to inquire about discounted rates.

Requesting a Program

Complete and submit the online form, or contact us at communityprograms@metmuseum.org or 212-396-5170. Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Contact name
  • Name of organization
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Audience (i.e., GED students, refugees, people in transitional housing)
  • Group size (including staff)
  • Language(s) spoken by group members
  • Accommodations needed for visitors with disabilities
  • Type of program (tour, tour and art making, or professional development)
  • Preferred topic(s) (see below)
  • Preferred dates

Tour Topics

  • A Walk through the Met
    Take a journey around the world and experience the Museum's collection of master paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from ancient times to the present.
  • American Art
    Grasp the richness of the land, the diversity of the people, and the changing ways of life in America throughout history.
  • The Art of Africa
    Explore powerful, spiritual, and communal works of art from the many regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Art of Dress
    Consider fashion throughout the ages and learn what clothes reveal to us about their wearers.
  • Asian Art
    Learn about the artistic traditions of China, Korea, India, and Japan and discern their differences.
  • Eternal Egypt
    Behold the ancient splendor, wealth, and power of the pharaohs.
  • Greek and Roman Art
    Unearth the art of these ancient cultures and discover their relevance to the modern world.
  • Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
    Reflect on color, light, and brushstrokes in paintings from late nineteenth-century France.
  • Islamic Art
    Take in the breadth and beauty of Islamic art with works that range from the purely abstract to the naturalistic.
  • Modern Artists
    Discover the innovative, the avant-garde, and the abstract with works by artists who defined the twentieth century.
  • Powerful People
    Meet some of the illustrious people—from ancient kings to modern poets—whose portraits live in the Museum.
  • Women Artists at the Met
    Trace the history of art from the female perspective by viewing works by women artists from the Renaissance through the modern era.

We can also work with you to develop a tour topic that meets your group's needs and interests.

Director, Thomas P. Campbell

Explore the Met's encyclopedic collection with Thomas P. Campbell.

The Director's Tour is available in English, French (français), German (Deutsch), Italian (italiano), Japanese (日本語), Korean (한국어), Chinese (Mandarin) (中文), Portuguese (português), and Spanish (español).

Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses by Paul Cézanne

Explore highlights of the collection through a variety of tours with Museum-trained volunteers.

Tours are free with Museum admission.