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College and University Groups

The Met welcomes college and university student groups to explore the Museum's collection. Reserve a private tour with a Museum guide or request a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead your own students through the galleries.

To request a guided or self-guided group visit at The Met Fifth Avenue or The Met Cloisters, please complete the request form.

Group Fees

Membership benefits and other passes are not valid for group admission.

Organizations with limited resources may qualify for significantly reduced rates or fee waivers. Please ask for details when you request a reservation.

Group Admission

NYC College Students$5

One group leader per reservation receives complimentary admission.

Guided Tour

Admission plus flat fee per 25 people for a one hour tour*$250
NYC Colleges: flat fee per 25 people for a one hour tour* $250

*Subject to gallery capacity.

The Met offers complimentary admission to student groups from the following institutions, reservation required:

  • Bard Graduate Center
  • Barnard College
  • Columbia University
  • CUNY - The City University of New York (all campuses)
  • NYU Institute of Fine Arts
  • NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Visiting The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters? Your group can visit the second location on the same day at no additional charge. Reservations are required.

Guided Visits

Engaging, hour-long conversational tours are led by Museum-trained educators and offer extraordinary opportunities for students to make the most of their encounters with great works of art.

To request a guided visit, please complete the Group Visit Request Form above at least three weeks in advance. All tours are subject to guide availability.

Guided Visit Topics

At The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, groups may request tours of the collection.

The Met Fifth Avenue Guided Visit Topics (PDF)

The Met Cloisters Guided Visit Topics (PDF)

Limited tours are available in other languages (subject to guide availability).

Group Size

Guided visits are limited to 50 people at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Larger groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Groups larger than 25 will be divided into smaller groups before entering the galleries.

Visit Schedule

Guided visits are conducted as follows:

The Met Fifth Avenue: Sunday through Tuesday, and Thursday, 10:15 am–3:30 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10:15 am–6 pm. Closed Wednesday.

The Met Cloisters: Thursday through Tuesday, 11 am–3 pm. Closed Wednesday.

Self-Guided Visits and Lecturing

University and college faculty and their students are invited to explore the Museum's collection independently. To request a self-guided group visit, please complete the Group Visit Request Form above at least one week in advance.

Faculty who plan to lecture in the galleries must reserve a lecturer's badge in advance and are limited to no more than 25 people per lecturer.

Lecturing is not permitted in special exhibitions. The Museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

Group Size

Self-guided visits are limited to 50 people. Larger groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Groups larger than 25 will be asked to split into smaller groups before entering the galleries.

Visit Schedule

Self-guided appointments are available at the following times:

The Met Fifth Avenue: Sunday through Tuesday, and Thursday, 10 am–3:30 pm; and Friday and Saturday, 10 am–6:30 pm. Closed Wednesday.

The Met Cloisters: Thursday through Tuesday, 12 pm–3 pm.* Closed Wednesday.

*The Met Cloisters closes at 4:30 pm November-February.

Audio Guides

Audio Guide devices are not currently available. Stream or download the latest Audio Guide content to your personal device. Enhance your visit to The Met Cloisters with the Bloomberg Connects app.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm ready. How do I book a group visit?

Appointments are required for all groups visiting the Museum. To request an appointment at The Met Fifth Avenue or The Met Cloisters, please fill out the Adult Group Visit Request Form.

We have a guided visit scheduled, but we have additional guests that want to attend. Is this okay?

Please notify us as soon as possible at so that we can assess the feasibility of your request. 

How do I reschedule or cancel a confirmed group appointment?

All requests to change or cancel existing appointments must be made via email to Please include your name, phone number, confirmation number, name of organization, and date and time of your visit. If you need to reschedule or cancel a guided visit, please let us know at least one week in advance.

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?

Yes, 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.

Do you have a place for buses or large vans to park at the Museum?

Buses may drop off passengers along Fifth Avenue but may not stand or park there. There is no bus parking in the vicinity of the Museum. We recommend referencing the New York City Department of Transportation website for bus layover locations.

The Met Fifth Avenue's 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.

Some of our group’s attendees are wheelchair users or need to avoid stairs. Is the Museum accessible?

The Met Fifth Avenue is accessible to wheelchair users and others who need to avoid stairs. Accessible entrances are located at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street and through the parking garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street.

Accessibility at The Met Cloisters is somewhat limited for wheelchair users and others who need step-free access due to the building’s landmark status. A free shuttle service is available to visitors requiring step-free access to enter the building. The pick-up stop is located near the Postern entrance and will transport visitors to and from an accessible entrance inside the Museum’s courtyard.

For more information and assistance with planning your group visit, contact

How should I prepare for my 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:

  • 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.
  • Collection Areas
    Read about the Museum's seventeen curatorial departments and how they study, exhibit, and care for the objects in the collections.

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

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