Guided Tour Volunteer Program
Volunteers at The Met guide tours of the collection and exhibitions to make works of art accessible for students (grades K–12) and adults. We are committed to inclusivity, access, and equity, and believe that The Met Volunteer Organization should represent the diversity of New York City.
In addition to giving tours, guides enjoy an extensive program of continuing education provided by Museum curators, conservators, arts educators, and other experts.
What We’re Looking For
Prospective guides should have an interest in learning about art and art history, working with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and facilitating positive museum experiences. An art background is not required; training and support are provided.
Learn from experts across the Museum in a weekly, six-month, behind-the-scenes program. A mix of virtual and onsite sessions introduce The Met collection, provide techniques for engaging visitors, and prepare you to develop and lead introductory tours for adults or school groups.
Guided Tour Programs and Assignments
Time commitment: Weekdays only. One weekly tour during the school year and two camp or community group tours over the summer.
First Views (K–3)
Lead thematic tours that develop observational skills, discover connections between different cultures, and foster an appreciation of the arts. Includes sketching in the galleries.
Create a dialogue with students to make learning about art an engaging experience.
Facilitate engagement with art for students of all ages with special needs and learning challenges, including those with cognitive, sensory, developmental, emotional, or physical disabilities, as well as those on the autism spectrum.
The Met Cloisters
Explore the art and culture of the Middle Ages for students in grades K–12.
Time commitment: Two tours per month.
Introduce new visitors to the Museum and engage returning visitors with an overview of The Met collection.
Lead Highlights Tours or Collection Tours in one of ten languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.
Lead a focused look into a specific area or type of art in The Met collection. Guides may apply to join a specific collection group after first serving as a Highlights, International Highlights, or School Programs guide.
Lead Highlights and Collection Tours or International Tours on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays.