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Talks

Talks in the galleries are free with Museum admission and do not require tickets or reservations unless otherwise noted. These programs are geared toward an adult audience.

Artists on Artworks

See the Met's collection through artists' eyes. Each artist discusses works of art in the collection that have influenced his or her own work.

Conversations with Curators and Conservators

Join in lively dialogue with curators, conservators, or scientists about objects that especially intrigue them.

Gallery Talks

Engage directly with works of art in the galleries through talks led by curators, conservators, educators, and invited specialists. Talks focus on specific aspects of the collection or on special exhibitions.

How Did They Do That?

Peek at technique—through handling tools and materials—and learn how works of art were created. Each afternoon program is divided into thirty-minute demonstrations. Open to visitors of all ages.

The Observant Eye

Spend an hour contemplating a single work of art in the Met's collection through close observation and deep discussion with other college and graduate students and young art enthusiasts.

Upcoming Talks

  • How Did They Do That?

    Ornament and Dress

    Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2:00–2:30 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • How Did They Do That?

    Ornament and Dress

    Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2:30–3:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • How Did They Do That?

    Ornament and Dress

    Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3:00–3:30 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • How Did They Do That?

    Ornament and Dress

    Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3:30–4:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Gallery Program

    Ikebana Demonstration

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • How Did They Do That?

    Precious Stones

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • How Did They Do That?

    Precious Stones

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • How Did They Do That?

    Precious Stones

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2:00–2:30 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • How Did They Do That?

    Precious Stones

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2:30–3:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • How Did They Do That?

    Precious Stones

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 3:00–3:30 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

Free Programs for Adults

Download the current Free Programs for Adults brochure (PDF), which includes gallery talks, exhibition tours, lectures, Sunday at the Met events, and art-making programs. You can also find up-to-date program listings on our online calendar.

Friday Evening Gallery Events

Bring your friends and chart your own course through the galleries as you participate in activities that connect you with works of art.

Garden Tour at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Enjoy collection highlight tours, garden tours, gallery talks, and other programs at The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in northern Manhattan devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.