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K–12 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 Met Fifth Avenue or The Met Breuer, please use the following form:

School Group Visit Request Form

We offer 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 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 Met Fifth Avenue (PDF).

Guided tours at The Met Breuer will be offered for select exhibitions, with one exhibition featured per tour.

View current and upcoming 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 all K–12 students. 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 Met Fifth Avenue 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 Met Fifth Avenue are conducted Monday through Friday, 9:45 am–3:30 pm, with some weekend availability.

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

K–12 Studio Art Workshops at The Met Fifth Avenue
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 am–12 pm.
  • $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.

Teachers and their students may explore the Museum's 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 Met Fifth Avenue's special exhibitions due to gallery space constraints.

Group Size
Self-guided groups at The Met Fifth Avenue 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 Met Fifth Avenue. 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 Met Fifth Avenue, self-guided appointments are available seven days a week (Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 am–4:15 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am–7:45 pm).

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

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.

 

I'm ready. How do I book a youth group visit?
Appointments are required for all groups visiting the Museum. To request an appointment, please fill out the School Group Visit Request Form for K–12 school groups or the Camp and Community Youth Group Visit Request Form for summer camps and community youth organizations.

Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.

My group includes children with special needs. Should I use the online request form?
Yes. The Museum welcomes children of all abilities. When requesting your youth group visit, please let us know what accommodations we can provide in order to meet your needs. You can also reference a social narrative (PDF; best viewed in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox) that prepares children on the autism spectrum for a guided visit.

We have a guided visit scheduled, but we have additional chaperones that want to attend. Is this okay?
Please notify us as soon as possible at schoolvisits@metmuseum.org so that we can assess the feasibility of your request. We typically permit only three chaperones per assigned guide and may not be able to accommodate the additional adults. If this is the case, the additional adults are more than welcome to do a self-guided visit and meet up with the group afterward.

How do I reschedule or cancel a confirmed youth group appointment?
All requests to change or cancel existing appointments must be made via email to schoolvisits@metmuseum.org. Please include your name, telephone number, confirmation number, name of organization, and date and time of your visit. If you need to reschedule or cancel a guided visit, we kindly ask for as much advance notice as possible so that we can assign your guides to another group.

Do you have lunchroom facilities? May we eat in the public cafeteria?
Unfortunately, the Museum does not have indoor lunchroom facilities. Bag lunches can be stored while you are in the galleries, but please plan to eat outside or on the bus. We encourage groups to picnic in neighboring Central Park before or after your visit (weather permitting).

If we schedule a guided visit for a specific time, may we arrive earlier and look around on our own?
Due to the number of groups scheduled throughout the day, we ask that you arrive at your scheduled time. Your group is more than welcome to explore the rest of the Museum after your scheduled visit.

I have a guided visit scheduled and want to speak with the guides prior to the tour. Is this possible?
Of course. Our guides will contact you seven to ten days prior to your visit to discuss your tour in more detail. They usually write to the email address you provided when you requested your visit, so be sure to check your email a week or so prior to your visit.

Can we pay upon arrival or do we need to pay in advance?
Payment is expected upon arrival for self-guided visits. Payment is due one week in advance for guided tours. Groups can pay in advance by check, credit card, or purchase order. Checks should be mailed to:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Attn: Visitor Services
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Please send a copy of the confirmation letter with your check. Credit card payments may be made by calling 212-570-3711. Purchase orders referencing your confirmation number may be emailed to schoolvisits@metmuseum.org or faxed to 212-570-3825. Please note that refunds are not provided for overpayments.

Do you have a place for buses or large vans to park at the Museum?
There is no school or charter bus parking in the vicinity of the Museum. We recommend referencing the New York City Department of Transportation website for bus layover locations.

Our parking garage can accommodate smaller vans. The clearance is six feet, six inches (6' 6"). Designated spaces are available in the parking garage for visitors with disabilities. Alternate arrangements can be made in advance for visitors with disabilities traveling in oversized vehicles. Please call 212-650-2010, between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

How should I prepare for my youth group visit?
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Met before bringing your group to the Museum. There are a range of resources for you, including:

  • Lesson Plans
    Search for lesson plans with keywords, or sort them by age, subject area, collection area, and theme.
  • Curriculum Resources
    These comprehensive and fully illustrated guides provide useful background information and ideas for engaging children.
  • K–12 Educator Workshops
    The Museum offers a variety of programs designed for K–12 educators that explore objects in the Museum's collections, interdisciplinary curriculum integration, and methods for teaching with objects.
  • Museum Map
    The Museum's fully interactive map allows you to learn more about the building's layout and the artworks currently on view.
  • Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History presents The Met collection via a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history.
  • Curatorial Departments
    Read about the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments and how they study, exhibit, and care for the objects in the collections.

Please also review the Group Guidelines below before bringing your group to the Museum.

I have another question that's not answered here.
We are happy to help. Please email schoolvisits@metmuseum.org or call 212-570-3711. You may also continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information.

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.