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Adult, University, Tourism, and Personal Groups

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

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

Reserve group admission in advance to receive special rates for groups large and small, and to bypass admission lines. Please see the Group Guidelines section below before bringing your group to the Museum. To request an appointment at The Met Fifth Avenue or The Met Breuer, please use the following form:

Adult Group Visit Request Form

If you have any questions, please contact us at mettours@metmuseum.org or 212-570-3711.

Hour-long guided tours are led by trained Museum educators and volunteers and offer extraordinary opportunities for your group to make the most of their encounters with great works of art. Your visit will include close examination and lively discussions of works of art. One guide is provided for every twenty-five people, depending upon the topic. Tours at The Met Breuer will be exhibition-based, with one exhibition featured per tour. Guided visits must be requested at least three weeks in advance.

See a list of guided-visit topics (PDF).

View current and upcoming exhibitions at The Met Breuer.

Limited tours are available in several languages, including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese (subject to guide availability).

Group Size
Guided tours at The Met Fifth Avenue are generally limited to sixty people, though larger groups can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis for Museum Highlights tours. Guided tours at The Met Breuer are limited to twenty-five people.

Group Fees

  • Adult Groups: $31 per person, with a minimum fee of $465
  • Senior Groups: $24 per person, with a minimum of $360
  • College Student Groups: $19 per person, with a minimum of $285
  • NYC College Student Groups: Flat fee of $200 per 25 people
  • Children: $16 per person
  • Additional hour: Flat fee of $200

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

Visit Schedule
Guided visits at the The Met Fifth Avenue are conducted Sunday through Thursday, 10:15 am–3:45 pm; and Friday and Saturday, 10:15 am–7 pm.

Guided visits at The Met Breuer are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 10:15 am–3 pm; and Friday and Saturday, 10:15 am–6 pm.

Please note that we have a preset tour schedule; once you select a visit topic on the form, you will be able to see all the available time slots for your selection.

Groups may explore the Museum's collection and special exhibitions independently, and are welcome to visit with their own lecturer or purchase Audio Guides to enhance their Museum experience. Please note that self-guided visits also require appointments.

Due to the high volume of daily programs in both buildings, groups who plan to bring their own lecturer for a self-guided visit must reserve a lecturer's badge in advance and are limited to twenty-five people per lecturer. Please note that lecturing is not always permitted in The Met Fifth Avenue's special exhibitions due to gallery space constraints.

Group Size
Self-guided visits are generally limited to sixty people at The Met Fifth Avenue and twenty-five people at The Met Breuer. Larger groups can be considered on a case-by-case basis only. Groups larger than twenty-five will be asked to split into smaller groups before entering the galleries.

Group Fees

  • Adults: $22 per person
  • Seniors: $15 per person
  • NYC College Students: $5 per person
  • Non-NYC College Students: $10 per person
  • Children: $10 per person
  • One complimentary ticket for group leader

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

Visit Schedule
At The Met Fifth Avenue, self-guided appointments are available seven days a week (Sunday through Thursday, 10 am–4:15 pm; and Friday and Saturday, 10 am–7:45 pm).

At The Met Breuer, self-guided appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 10:15 am–3 pm; and Friday and Saturday, 10:15 am–6 pm.

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

Audio Guides
The Museum's Audio Guide offers interpretive programming about the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The commentary is in English, but highlights of the collection are also available at The Met Fifth Avenue in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, and Spanish. Listen to samples and learn more about fees and programming.

An EmptyMet tour is your opportunity to see The Met before it opens to the public. One of the Museum's most engaging guides leads you through an intimate view of 5,000 years of human history housed in New York City's most visited museum and attraction. Priced at $2,500 for up to 25 guests, the EmptyMet tour is your chance to experience the depth and breadth of The Met collection in an exclusive way. Your EmptyMet ticket includes same-day admission to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.

Rate: $2,500 for up to 25 guests
Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates​

Reservations

Requests need to be made via email at least two weeks in advance by emailing mettours@metmuseum.org. Please include the following information:

  • Date of visit
  • Number of adults/college students/K–12 students
  • Organization/company name, billing address, and phone number
  • Organizer name, phone number, and email address
  • Name of group (if applicable)
  • Any additional information about the group's needs, background, and interests

Important Information

  • Prepayment and final head count are due one week in advance. All payments are nonrefundable.
  • Cancellations and requests to reschedule must be made in writing before payment is applied, at least one week in advance.
  • EmptyMet tours begin at 8:30 am and last until 10 am. Please arrive on time. Any group arriving 30 minutes or more after their scheduled start time will forfeit their visit. Any guest arriving 15 or more minutes after their group has entered the galleries will not be permitted entry.
  • Coat check will be available for small bags and coats.

Contact Us
Email: mettours@metmuseum.org
Phone: 212-570-3711

Dining Packages
Groups may reserve customized dining packages at The Met Fifth Avenue that range from casual self-service to fine dining. Learn more about menus and locations in The Met Fifth Avenue. For our current package rates, please contact Group Services by calling 212-570-3711 or emailing mettours@metmuseum.org.

We regret that picnic facilities are not available within the Museum. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic on the front steps of The Met Fifth Avenue or in Central Park.

We are pleased that your group will be visiting the Museum. In order to assure the best Museum experience, please read the following list of responsibilities and guidelines and share them with your group prior to the visit.

Responsibilities:

  • Group leaders are responsible for the behavior of their groups at all times.
  • Visitors may not touch the works of art.
  • Visitors should keep their voices low.
  • Running and rough play are prohibited.
  • Food, drinks, and gum are prohibited.
  • Flash photography and video cameras are prohibited in the galleries.
  • Only pencils may be used in the galleries; the use of pens and markers is prohibited.
  • Large bags must be checked at the coat-check facilities.
  • Please follow the instructions of Security Officers in the galleries.
  • The Museum reserves the right to refuse or dismiss any group for misconduct.

Please see School Groups or Camp Groups for specific information about bringing a school or camp group to the Museum.


Guidelines: Before Your Visit

Directions
Please see The Met Fifth Avenue for directions, parking facilities, and information for charter bus drivers.

Arrival and Check-In
Please plan on arriving at the Museum twenty to thirty minutes before your scheduled visit to allow time for security clearance, coat check, and check-in. (Please note that groups will not be permitted to enter the Museum before 9:30 am.) Check in at the Group Registration Desk in the Great Hall, which is accessible through the main entrance at 82nd Street.

Please note that luggage is not permitted in the galleries and will not be accepted at the coat-check facilities. If you are running late for a scheduled visit Tuesday through Friday, please call 212-570-3711; to notify us of a delay on Saturday or Sunday, please call 212-570-3754.

Any group arriving more than thirty minutes late cannot be guaranteed its scheduled guided program. Museum guides are not required to wait more than thirty minutes for the arrival of a group.

College groups and adult groups must check in at the Group Desk in the Great Hall, accessible via the Museum entrance at 82nd Street.

High school groups and any group that requires a wheelchair-accessible entrance may check in through the Museum entrance at 81st Street. The check-in desk is inside the Carson Family Hall.

Please review your confirmation letter for your scheduled check-in desk. If you need to revise your group's check-in desk, please contact Group Services at 212-570-3754.

Wheelchair Access
The 81st Street entrance to the Museum is the ground-level wheelchair-accessible entrance. Additionally, wheelchairs are available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis at all coat-check areas. (See The Met Fifth Avenue for information about the Museum's accessibility and Programs for Visitors with Disabilities for information about ongoing events and programs.)

Payment and Refund Policies
Payment is due upon arrival for general admission or self-guided group visits. The group leader is responsible for the entire amount due; group members may not pay individually. Please note that refunds or credits will not be given for prepayments or pre-cut checks if the number of people in the group is less than the prepaid amount.

For guided tours and dining packages, payment is due one week in advance of the scheduled arrival. Any cancellations of the tour or changes to the group count must be made one week prior to the group’s arrival in order to receive a refund.


Guidelines: During Your Visit

Please notify your group of the following guidelines prior to your visit, and review them upon arrival at the Museum.

Gallery Closings
The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times. For up-to-date gallery closings, please call 212-570-3754. There may be lines for admittance into certain exhibition galleries.

Consideration for Others
Although discussion in the galleries is encouraged, please keep voices respectfully low. The Museum is a place for looking, thinking, and quiet discussion. Mobile phones must be turned off while in the galleries.

Other groups and individuals may wish to see the same objects that interest you. Please be aware of others waiting to view a particular work and be courteous about moving on promptly.

Museum staff lecturers wearing laminated ID cards have priority in the galleries. Please yield to these lecturers. You may wish to proceed to another gallery and return later.

Respect for Museum Objects
Do not touch any of the objects in the Museum. The invisible oil on your fingertips leaves a film on any surface touched. Over time, these marks attract dust and pollutants from the air, damaging and obscuring surfaces. Please refrain from pointing or gesturing when you are close to unprotected works of art.

Photography and Sketching
Flash photography is not permitted in any of the galleries. Sketching is permitted in all areas of the permanent collection and in most special exhibitions. See The Met Fifth Avenue for more information about photography and sketching in the Museum.

Personal Items
Food (including gum and candy) and drinks are prohibited in the galleries. Umbrellas, shopping bags, backpacks, and sports equipment are prohibited and must be checked at the coat-check facilities, however, luggage and other large bags will not be accepted at the coat-check facilities. Please see The Met Fifth Avenue for more information.

Promotional Materials
The content of all printed materials and electronic publications relating to an event that is to take place at the Museum—including the invitation copy, final typeset copy, programs, and any other promotional material—is subject to the Museum's approval. Materials must be submitted to the Museum for review and approval before being printed.

Prohibition of Fund-raising
Groups may not use or promote Museum group visits and/or events for their own fund-raising purposes.

We hope that you and your group enjoy your visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.