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K–12 School Groups

School Groups

Make the Met part of your school year! The Museum is currently accepting appointment requests for guided and self-guided visits to occur through September 26. We will begin taking requests for October 2014 through January 2015 on September 2 and will offer our full range of visit topics at that time.

The Met welcomes all school-age learners. We invite you to request either a guided visit led by trained Museum staff 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. To request an appointment, please use the following form:

School Group Visit Request Form

If you have any questions, you may email schoolvisits@metmuseum.org. Tourism professionals working with school 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.

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


Guided Visits

Hour-long guided visits led by Museum staff offer extraordinary opportunities for students 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 students to build strong content knowledge across disciplines, and support their confidence, curiosity, and creativity.

Works of art at the Met are rich, primary-resource texts, and guided visits align with a range of state and national learning standards, including the following anchor standards in the Common Core Learning Standards:

  • 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.R.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 (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1).
  • Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2).

Guided visits are offered and recommended for students who are at or above first-grade level and last about an hour.

Group Size
A group 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.

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: $15 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every ten students): $15 each
  • One teacher per reservation receives complimentary admission.
  • Any additional adults: $28 each
  • Groups of 15 or fewer: $225 flat fee

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission.

Visit Schedule and Topics
Guided visits are conducted Monday through Friday, 9:45 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

  • 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

Teachers and their students may explore the Museum's encyclopedic collection 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.

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. Each school is limited to one group of up to fifty students per day.

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: $9 each
  • Required adult chaperones (one for every 10 students): $9 each
  • One teacher per reservation receives complimentary admission.
  • Any additional adults: $20 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.–3:45 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

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 Museum.


The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Self-guided school 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.

K–12 Educator Program

Join us on September 12 for gallery conversations and activities, free resources, and more.

Spring K–12 Educator Programs

Refresh and recharge at an educator workshop this fall! View a list of upcoming programs and register online.

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.