Audio Guide

Get the whole story. Engage with thousands of artworks in the galleries and select special exhibitions.

Hear our collection speak with over three thousand audio and video messages, including tours for kids. The Met Audio Guide provides hundreds of hours of content from curators, conservators, and art-historical experts to create a personal, self-guided experience for you. New material—including programs in multiple languages and in large print—is added on a continual basis. All Audio Guide commentaries and videos are available in one player for a single, daily rental fee. Rent an Audio Guide player at one of several locations throughout the Museum, including the Audio Guide desk in the Great Hall, any admissions desk, the entrances to select special exhibitions, and various gift shops.

Audio Guide supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies



The Met Audio Guide is free to visitors who are blind, partially sighted, hard of hearing, or deaf. Audio Guide players have volume controls and headsets. Neck loops for hearing aids with T-switches are available upon request. Regular and large-print scripts of Audio Guide programming are also available upon request and are free to deaf visitors.

A limited number of FM assistive listening devices with headsets or neck loops are available upon request for Museum tours and programs. See Visitors with Hearing Loss for more information.

For more information, see Accessibility or Programs for Visitors with Disabilities.

Audio Guide Fees

The following fees are per person, per day (sales tax included):

Regular*: $7.00
Museum Members: $6.00 each
Groups of 14 or fewer: $6.00
Groups of 15 or more: $4.00 each
Children under 12 (must be accompanied by an adult): $5.00

At the Main Building, the Director's Tour and the Architecture Tour Audio Guides are available in ten languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. All permanent collection audio messages at The Cloisters—including the Director's Tour and the Art and Music Tour—are available in seven languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Friday and Saturday evenings after 5:00 p.m. Audio Guides are only $5.00 (not to be combined with any other discounts).

*Audio Guide players are free for visitors who are blind, partially sighted, hard of hearing, or deaf, and for New York City high school students with valid ID (made possible by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.).

Rental includes same-day use in the Main Building and at The Cloisters (with receipt). Frequent User cards are available for return visitors: rent four Audio Guide players and the fifth rental is free. Discounted rates are available to pre-booked groups. For adult and college groups, call 212-570-3711; for elementary and high school groups, call 212-288-7733.

Audio Guide Tours

The following samples represent only a fraction of the currently available Audio Guide programs, which are updated regularly and include commentary on works of art from nearly every gallery in the Museum.

The Director's Tour

Met Director Thomas P. Campbell planned this itinerary for you to explore some of the masterpieces in the Museum's encyclopedic collection of world art. The Director's Tour is also available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

The Collection: The American Wing

Choose from three thousand messages about works throughout the Museum's collection.

The Collection: Oceanic Art

Choose from three thousand messages about works throughout the Museum's collection.

Family Audio Guide

Ideal for children six through twelve years of age and their families, this specially designed program includes easy-to-follow tours throughout the Museum's permanent collection.

Investigations: Art, Conservation, and Science

Listen to experts investigate artists' materials and techniques, as science and art come together.

Architecture of the Met

Morrison Heckscher, Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the American Wing, presents the history of the building, including interviews with Kevin Roche of Roche Dinkeloo & Associates, and Peter White, grandson of architect Stanford White.

The Cloisters Audio Guide

The Cloisters Audio Guide comprises interviews with curators, conservators, and educators. Medieval music on the Audio Guide reflects the time and adds to the enjoyment of the experience. The Cloisters Audio Guide is also available in French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Mandarin.

Director, Thomas P. Campbell

Explore the Met's encyclopedic collection with Thomas P. Campbell.

The Director's Tour is available in English, French (français), German (Deutsch), Italian (italiano), Japanese (日本語), Korean (한국어), Chinese (Mandarin) (中文), Portuguese (português), Russian (русский), and Spanish (español).

Wheat Field with Cypresses

Choose one of our suggested itineraries to help you navigate the thousands of works on view at the Met.