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Camp and Community Youth Groups

Camp and Community Youth Groups

The Museum is currently accepting appointment requests for guided and self-guided visits to occur through January 31, 2015.

The Met welcomes all camp and community youth groups and invites you to request either a guided visit led by trained Museum educators and volunteers or a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead your own group through the Museum. Please note that appointments are required for all camp and community youth groups visiting the Museum. To request an appointment, please use the following form:

Camp and Community Youth Group Visit Request Form

If you have any questions, you may email schoolvisits@metmuseum.org. Tourism professionals working with camp and community youth groups visiting New York City must contact the Group Services office at 212-570-3711 or mettours@metmuseum.org to request appointments. Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.


Guided Visits

Hour-long guided visits led by Museum educators and volunteers offer extraordinary opportunities for children to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. Our educators engage students in learner-centered, inquiry-based conversations that foster curriculum connections and encourage important learning skills such as evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking. Guided visits also inspire children to build strong content knowledge across disciplines, and support their confidence, curiosity, and creativity.

Group Size
A group may have no fewer than ten children and no more than fifty children, with one chaperone required for every ten children. Larger groups will be divided into smaller ones in order to offer more individual attention to children in the galleries. The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of adult chaperones participating in camp and community youth group guided visits.

Group Fee
Camp and community youth groups pay the following rates for guided visits:

  • Children: $4 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $4 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Guided visits for camp and community youth groups are conducted Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m., with some weekend availability.

Guided Visit Topics
These thematic topics introduce students to a range of art from different cultures. All materials are provided by the Museum.

  • Exploring Art across Cultures
    See the world! Develop visual-analysis and evidence-based reasoning skills during a thematic, cross-cultural exploration of the Met's collection.
  • Amazing Animals
    Take a walk on the wild side! Explore animal imagery in art at the Met.
  • Stories and Legends
    It's often said that a picture is worth a thousand words; discover the power of storytelling in art across cultures.
  • Symbols and Secrets
    Work together to unravel hidden messages and find unexpected surprises in great works of art from around the globe.

Resource for Students on the Autism Spectrum
A social narrative (PDF; best viewed in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox) prepares students on the autism spectrum for a guided school visit.


Self-Guided Visits

A self-guided visit offers camp and community youth group leaders the opportunity to lead their own groups on independent explorations of the Museum's encyclopedic collection. We encourage group leaders to familiarize themselves with the Met before bringing groups to the Museum (see our Frequently Asked Questions page). Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments.

Group Size
A self-guided group may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students.

Group Fee
Camp and community youth groups pay the following rates for self-guided visits:

  • Children: $3 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $3 each

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule
Self-guided appointments are available Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

Collection Areas
Use the links below to selected pre-visit guides that will help you prepare for your self-guided visit with your group.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about bringing your camp or community youth group to the Museum.


The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Self-guided camp and community youth 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.

Group Tours at The Cloisters

Explore The Cloisters museum and gardens, the Museum's northern-Manhattan branch dedicated to medieval art and architecture, on a guided or self-guided visit with your group.