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K–12 School Groups

School Groups

Make the Met part of your school year! The Met welcomes all school-age learners. We invite 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 students through the Museum. Please note that appointments are required for all school groups visiting the Museum.

We are now accepting requests for visits to The Met Breuer!

To request an appointment at the Main Building or The Met Breuer, please use the following form:

School Group Visit Request Form

Please note that we have moved to a preset tour schedule; once you select a visit topic or collection area, you will be able to see all the available time slots for your selection. If you have any questions, please email us at schoolvisits@metmuseum.org.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's school tour program is made possible by the generosity of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman.


Guided Visits

Guided tours offer amazing opportunities for your students to make the most of their encounters with great works of art at the Met! Museum educators and trained volunteers engage students in lively, inquiry-based conversations that strengthen curriculum connections and encourage important skills like critical thinking and evidence-based reasoning. Feel free to continue exploring the galleries with your students on your own after the tour!

See a list of guided-visit topics at the Main Building (PDF).

Guided tours at The Met Breuer will be exhibition-based, with one exhibition featured per tour.

See a list of exhibitions at The Met Breuer.

Works of art at the Met are rich, primary-resource texts. While every tour is unique, guided visits at the Met align with a range of state and national learning standards, including the following Common Core Anchor Standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Guided visits are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour. Groups are free to explore the Museum on their own after the tour. Due to the high demand for weekday morning guided tours, individual schools are limited to three weekday morning guided visits per semester.

Group Size
Guided tours at the Main Building may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students. The Museum reserves the right to limit the number of adult chaperones participating in school group guided visits.

Guided tours at The Met Breuer may have no more than twenty-five students, with one chaperone required for every ten students.

Group Fee
All fees are waived for schools located within the five boroughs of New York City due to the generous support of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman. Schools outside New York City pay the following group rates:

  • Students: $16 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $16 each
  • One teacher per reservation receives complimentary admission.
  • Any additional adults: $31 each
  • Groups of 15 or fewer: $240 flat fee

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

Visit Schedule
Guided visits at the Main Building are conducted Monday through Friday, 9:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m., with some weekend availability.

Guided visits at The Met Breuer are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

K–12 Studio Art Workshops at the Main Building
Think like an artist! This new offer pairs sixty minutes of in-gallery deep looking and inquiry with a forty-five minute art-making experience in the Uris Center's Art Studio. After exploring and discussing different sculptures in the galleries, students create their own unique sculptural creations to take home. Creative challenges encourage material exploration, creative thinking, and problem-solving

  • K–12 Studio Art Workshops can accommodate a maximum of thirty students.
  • Available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • $300 per workshop (in addition to any group visit fees)
  • Optional: Students may stay to eat their own brown bag lunches for up to thirty minutes afterward.

Resource for Students on the Autism Spectrum
A social narrative (PDF) prepares students on the autism spectrum for a guided school visit.


Self-Guided Visits

Teachers and their students may explore the Museum's encyclopedic collection and special exhibitions independently. Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments. All teachers who participate in a K–12 educator program offered by the Museum receive priority registration for self-guided visits to the Museum. Please note that lecturing is not always permitted in the Main Building's special exhibitions due to gallery space constraints.

Group Size
Self-guided groups at the Main Building may have no fewer than ten students and no more than fifty students, with one chaperone required for every ten students. Each school is limited to one group of up to fifty students per day at the Main Building. Groups larger than twenty-five will be asked to split into smaller groups before entering the galleries.

Self-guided groups at The Met Breuer may have no more than twenty-five students, with one chaperone required for every ten students. Each school is limited to one group of up to twenty-five students per day at The Met Breuer.

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

Group Fee
All fees are waived for schools located within the five boroughs of New York City due to the generous support of Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman. Schools outside New York City pay the following group rates:

  • Students: $10 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every 10 students): $10 each
  • One teacher per reservation receives complimentary admission.
  • Any additional adults: $22 each

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

Visit Schedule
At the Main Building, self-guided appointments are available seven days a week (Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–7:45 p.m.).

At The Met Breuer, self-guided appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

Audio Guides
Get the whole story! Audio Guides are available free of charge for New York City high school students who attend public schools, thanks to the generosity of the Rudin Family Foundation. All others groups of fifteen or more can reserve audio guides for $4 each.

Teacher Resources
Use the links below to selected pre-visit guides that will help you prepare for your self-guided visit with your students.

Trip Tips for Educators
Glean tips for leading self-guided class trips to the Met in this short video.


Questions?

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about bringing your school group to the Main Building.

Online Resources for K–12 Educators

Use these online Museum resources (PDF) to support your teaching.

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.