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Adult, University, Tourism, and Personal Groups

Guided Tours

Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of ten or more, and for any third-party guided tours, regardless of size.

Reserve group admission in advance to receive special rates for groups large and small, and to bypass admission lines via the exclusive Group Registration Desk. Please see Group Responsibilities and Guidelines before bringing your group to the Museum. To request an appointment, please use the following form:

Adult Group Visit Request Form

If you have any questions, please contact us at mettours@metmuseum.org or 212-570-3711.


Guided Visits

Hour-long guided tours are led by trained Museum educators and volunteers and offer extraordinary opportunities for your group to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. Your visit will include opportunities for examining and discussing the works of art, and you can expect to visit approximately six to eight objects. One guide is provided for every twenty-five to thirty people, depending upon the topic. Guided visits must be requested at least three weeks in advance.

See a list of guided-visit topics (PDF).

Limited tours are available in several languages, including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese (subject to guide availability).

Group Size
Guided tours are generally limited to sixty people, though larger groups can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis for Museum Highlights tours.

Group Fees

  • Adult Groups: $28 per person, with a minimum fee of $420
  • Senior Groups: $21.50 per person, with a minimum of $320
  • College Student Groups: $17 per person, with a minimum of $255
  • NYC College Student Groups: Flat fee of $165 per guide
  • Children: $15 per person
  • Additional hour: Flat fee of $165

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission. Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits are conducted Sunday through Thursday, 10:15 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:15 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Please note that we have a preset tour schedule; once you select a visit topic on the form, you will be able to see all the available timeslots for your selection.


Self-Guided Visits

Groups may explore the Museum's encyclopedic collection independently, and are welcome to visit with their own lecturer or purchase Audio Guides to enhance their Museum experience. Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments.

Due to the high volume of daily programs in the Museum, groups who plan to bring their own lecturer for a self-guided visit must reserve a lecturer's badge in advance and are limited to thirty people per lecturer. Please note that lecturing is not always permitted in special exhibitions due to gallery space constraints.

Group Size
Self-guided visits are generally limited to sixty people. Larger groups can be considered on a case by case basis only. Groups larger than thirty will be asked to split into smaller groups before entering the galleries.

Group Fees

  • Adults: $20 per person
  • Seniors: $13.50 per person
  • NYC College Students: $4
  • Non-NYC College Students: $9 per person
  • Children: $9 per person
  • One complimentary ticket for group leader

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission. Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.

Visit Schedule
Self-guided appointments are available seven days a week (Sunday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–7:45 p.m.). The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

Audio Guides
The Museum's Audio Guide offers interpretive programming about the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The commentary is in English, but highlights of the collection are also available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, and Spanish. Listen to samples and learn more about fees and programming.


Special Offers for Groups

Dining Packages and Museum Store Discounts
Groups may reserve customized dining packages that range from casual self-service to fine dining. See Dining at the Met for more information about menus and locations. Groups that reserve dining packages also receive an exclusive 15% discount on purchases of $75 or more in the Met Store. For our current package rates, please contact Group Services by calling 212-570-3711 or emailing mettours@metmuseum.org.

We regret that picnic facilities are not available within the Museum. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic on the front steps of the Main Building or in Central Park.

Two-Museum Visit: The Metropolitan and The Cloisters
Self-guided groups can visit The Cloisters museum and gardens for free within seven days of their scheduled visit to the Main Building provided that group members retain their tickets. Guided tours can also be arranged at reduced rates. For information, see Group Visits to The Cloisters. All group visits to The Cloisters require reservations. The Cloisters is located forty-five minutes north of the Main Building in Fort Tryon Park.

If you would like to make a reservation to visit The Cloisters within seven days of your visit to the Main Building, please call 212-650-2280 once you receive confirmation of your Main Building visit.

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).

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.