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Audio Guide

Get the whole story. Engage with thousands of artworks in the galleries and select special exhibitions.

Hear our collection speak with over three thousand audio and video messages, including tours for kids. The Met Audio Guide provides hundreds of hours of content from curators, conservators, and art-historical experts to create a personal, self-guided experience for you. New material—including programs in multiple languages and in large print—is added on a continual basis. All Audio Guide commentaries and videos are available in one player for a single, daily rental fee. Rent an Audio Guide player at one of several locations throughout the Museum, including the Audio Guide desk in the Great Hall, any admissions desk, the entrances to select special exhibitions, and various gift shops.

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Accessibility

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The Met Audio Guide is free to visitors who are blind, partially sighted, hard of hearing, or deaf. Audio Guide players have volume controls and headsets. Neck loops for hearing aids with T-switches are available upon request. Regular and large-print transcripts are also available upon request.

A limited number of FM assistive listening devices with headsets or neck loops are available upon request for Museum tours and programs. See Visitors with Hearing Loss for more information.

For more information, see Accessibility or Programs for Visitors with Disabilities.


Enjoy the Audio Guide

Free on your smartphone: Visit www.metmuseum.org and select Audio Guide to get started.

At the Met: Pick up Audio Guide players at the entrance and other locations throughout the Museum. The following fees are per person, per day (sales tax included):

Regular: $7.00
Museum Members: $6.00
Children under 12: $5.00
Groups of 14 or fewer: $6.00
Groups of 15 or more: $4.00

On Friday and Saturday evenings after 5:00 p.m., Audio Guides are only $5.00 (not to be combined with any other discounts).

Audio Guide players are free for visitors who are blind, partially sighted, hard of hearing, or deaf, and for New York City high school students with valid ID (made possible by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.).

Rental includes same-day use in the Main Building and at The Cloisters (with receipt).

Discounted rates are available to pre-booked groups. For adult and college groups, call 212-570-3711; for elementary and high school groups, call 212-288-7733.


Samples from the Audio Guide

The following samples represent only a fraction of the tours and content currently available on the Audio Guide, which are updated regularly and include commentary on works of art from nearly every gallery in the Museum.

The Director's Tour

Director Thomas P. Campbell planned this itinerary for you to explore some of the masterpieces in the Museum. Available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Viewpoints: Body Language

How does the sculpted body communicate? Hear from Met experts, leading authorities, and rising stars, each with a unique perspective on the language of gesture, facial expression, and pose.

The Art of Dress

Join actress Sarah Jessica Parker on this tour of costume, fabrics, and clothing in the Museum's collection and examine the cultural connotations of dress.

Audio Guide for Kids

Ideal for children ages 6–12 and their families, these specially designed Audio Tours include easy-to-follow messages throughout the Museum.

Architecture of the Met

Morrison Heckscher, Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of The American Wing, presents the history of the building, including interviews with Kevin Roche of Roche Dinkeloo & Associates, and Peter White, grandson of architect Stanford White.

The Cloisters Audio Guide

The Audio Guide at The Cloisters comprises interviews with curators, conservators, and educators that focus on the art and architecture of medieval Europe.

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), Russian (русский), and Spanish (español).

Wheat Field with Cypresses

Choose one of our suggested itineraries to help you navigate the thousands of works on view at the Met.