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Overview

Take the guesswork out of a visit to New York’s most acclaimed museum on a small-group tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Skip the line and see the most important pieces of the enormous collection—including European paintings, ancient Egyptian sculpture, medieval armor, and pop culture memorabilia—and learn the stories behind the art from an expert guide. Group size is limited to eight for a more personalized tour.
  • Visit one of the most the important art museums in the world
  • Skip the entrance line at NYC's Met with reserved entry
  • View highlights of a collection spanning more than two million pieces
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people for a more personalized experience
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Skip-the-Line Semi-Private Guided Museum Tour
Semi-Private Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum
Professional Guide
Duration 2.5 Hours
All Entrance Fees
Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA

Meet near the Information Desk in front of the Egyptian Pharaoh statue, in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Notes: The Met museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Babylon Tours NYC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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5-star Semi-Private Tour of the Met
Catherine_L
, Jul 2022
My family did a semi-private tour of the Met. Our tour guide, Mark, was phenomenal. He was personable, friendly, and super knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience for my family.
star-5
Perfect way to take in all The Met has to offer
Lindsay_E
, Jun 2022
Our guide Mark made this tour! He was so knowledgeable and excited to tell us all about The Met. We learned a lot of history about the Museum but also learned about taking in art! We were practically the only ones in a room full Van Goghs —what an experience. Great way to visit this huge, amazing museum without being overwhelmed. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Our favorite tour while in NYC!
Joshua_F
, Jun 2022
Jonathan was fantastic! He took us around to some great works of art and gave us not only history and story but encouraged us to give our own impressions. We had a great time and he made it one our best tours while in NYC!
star-5
Take this tour, don’t try to do it on your own!
Kristen_P
, May 2022
This tour was absolutely incredible! I would have been so lost in that maze of beautiful artwork and not seen half of what I needed to. I have to give a shout out to Mark from Babylon Tours, he was absolute perfection for a tour guide- gave us some off the beaten path mixed with must sees and never hesitated to stop when something interested my husband or I. Mark was incredibly knowledgeable and you could just feel his passion for the museum. I would 1000% recommended this tour and Mark as well!
star-5
Simply the Best!
Ken_C
, Apr 2022
Mark Venaglia - Bravo! So knowledgeable and personable. His insights and perspectives as an artist himself brought the Met to life!! Thank you Thank you Mark! Our deep gratitude - Jaimie and Ken
star-3
Our expectations were not exceeded.
Theresa_S
, Apr 2022
Our guide, Jonathan, was charming and engaging. Due to several parts of the museum being closed for unknown reasons, our tour seemed a bit disjointed. We went up and down on the elevator at least 3 times. There didn’t seem to be a planned flow. Ive been on Viator tours in Europe and the guides were generally artists and/or art history professionals.
star-5
Big place little time.
JAMES_C
, Apr 2022
Great quick tour. So much to see. Very knowledgeable. Guide willing to accommodate any special art interests you might have.
star-5
Incredible Experience
John_K
, Mar 2022
My partner and I went to tour the MET on a beautiful Saturday evening in March. We had an amazing tour with Jonathan, who was not only knowledgeable about every exhibit we saw, but was flexible with us and let us direct our tour to areas we were most interested in. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone visiting the city for the first time, or have lived here for years!
star-5
Fantastic and worth the upgrade!
Laura_H
, Feb 2022
Our guide Jonathan was knowledgeable and friendly and he put together the perfect tour of The Met for us! I’d highly recommend upgrading to the private tour.
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star-5
Fabulous guide and NYC experience
Brenda_B
, Feb 2022
Our guide, Mark had enormous knowledge and enthusiasm for both the Met art and also the history of the Met and it’s building which made for a delightful afternoon. Mark engaged with all of the members of our family, young and old. What a memorable experience! Well worth the price and a highlight of our trip to NYC.
star-5
Met Private Tour - Matt!
Amy_O
, Dec 2021
Matt was awesome! The tour went by so quickly, and we learned so much. But we weren’t bored! You gotta do this tour.
star-4
Take the Tour!
Anonymous
, Dec 2021
Our guide Matt was friendly and knowledgeable about the museum and the art within it. My wife and I took a private tour which allowed us the flexibility to go at our own pace and gave Matt the flexibility to customize the tour to our specific areas of interest. I recommend you take advantage of this tour as there no way to see all of the museum. Also do not be shy about letting your guide when you are ready to proceed to the next exhibit. Matt was very accommodating to our interests and pace.
star-5
Mark was wonderful!...
Stacy_L
, Oct 2021
Mark was wonderful! ..friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. The tour was great with lots of "insider" info.
star-4
Learned new things about an old favorite
HeatherA_M
, Oct 2021
I liked being shown parts of the Met I usually avoid. Great insights into the American Wing and Lehman Collection. Now I have reasons to go back and go deeper
star-5
Loved the Met
Heidi_B
, Sep 2021
Our guide Robin was amazing. She was so informative. She pointed out how the artist’s work changed over time and how they were influenced. We also got to see all the important works and hear about New York and the Met. It was fantastic.
star-5
Great tour of the Met with Katherine
Rebecca_H
, Jul 2021
Katherine, our tour guide, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed touring the museum with her. She pointed out things and told us background stories we wouldn't have other wise seen or known. Highly recommend her!
star-5
Excellent
Smith_D
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour. Highly recommended a very comprehensive tour of the highlights of the Metropolitan museum.
star-5
Fabulous day at the MET
Jose_R
, Jul 2021
Our guide was amazing we were impressed with how much she knew about MET and New York art culture. We wish we had more time to go back.
star-5
MET was fun!
Lenwood_R
, Mar 2020
Robin did a fantastic job - her knowledge of the museum and artists was amazing. It was a bit overwhelming seeing so much of the property in such a short amount of time. But the tour serves as a great way to get the lay of the land and then follow up with what really interests you.
star-5
Excellent, Comprehensive and Professional
Agnes_W
, Dec 2019
This is a good tour to take when visiting the MET.. Our guide James was fantastic. He obviously knows the museum like the back of his hand. We learned a lot from him that day. Things from both the history books and the pages of VF. We hope all guides and companies operated their tours this way.

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