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  • NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art Entry Ticket

    1. NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art Entry Ticket

    Explore New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art at The Met Fifth Avenue with your pre-purchased admission ticket. Enjoy New York City’s most visited attraction and See the massive collection of one of the largest and finest art museums in the world. Benefit from the flexible voucher redemption policy which allows you to make your visit whenever you like, within a month of your scheduled ticket date. Plan your visit according to your mood or the weather. Your admission ticket includes entry to exhibitions as well as same-day entry to both Met locations. Listen to the audio guide on the Met's free web app for your smartphone. Connect to The Met's free WiFi to access the audio guide during your visit. The Met is home to nearly 2 million works of art spanning more than 5,000 years, and representing the best of human creativity from around the globe. The collections are divided into several ...

    I really enjoyed my time at the museum. The staff was very helpful and easy to spot. I will be going back on my next visit to New York. There is so much to see that one visit is not enough.

  • New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    2. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket op...

    The downtown bus was great but the uptown bus wasn’t on cue when we passed specific sites. It would talk about them too early and when we reached them they were already talking about something else.

  • New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

    3. New York Pass: Access to 100+ Attractions & Tours

    Use The New York Pass on your phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 100 New York tourist attractions. It’s a bit like an “all you can eat” buffet; once you’ve bought your New York Pass, you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass, and the more sights you see, the more money you save.

    The New York Pass records when and where you first use it, as well as how long it will remain valid. This means your pass is activated the moment that you first use it at any attraction or service. Your New York Pass is then valid for the number of days that you've purchased. 

    The full list of attractions:

    POPULAR EXPERIENCES

    • Empire State Building

    • Big Bus Tours: 1-day Classic Tour

    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck

    • 9/11 Memorial & Museum

    • Edge (Hudson Yards)

    • One World Observatory

    I didn’t have any problems with the pass. It was show/reserve and go experience, and it allowed us to do most of the attractions, including others we had planned. I had a good trip with it.

  • New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 6 Top Attractions

    4. New York CityPASS®: Save 40% at 6 Top Attractions

    See world-class art, fascinating science, important history, and incredible views—from the sky AND the sea and save up to 40% with the New York CityPASS! New York CityPASS includes admission to: 1. The Empire State Building: With iconic views and a new museum, the Empire State Building provides breathtaking 360-degree, open-air views from the 86th-floor observatory. 2. American Museum of Natural History: Explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe with a visit to one of the world’s most famous natural history museums. 3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York’s most visited museum and attraction.  The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.  At the Met’s uptown branch, The Met Cloisters, explore the art, architecture, and gardens and medieval Europe.  ...

    In American museum of Natural history we spent half an hour at front desk, just because the tickets were sold out, even we had a reservation. They've been nice and tried to find a solution

  • New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

    5. New York: Go City Explorer Pass with 95+ Tours & Attractions

    Go City offers you a selection of over 95 must-see NYC attractions, museums, and tours for one low pre-paid price. Save up to 45% compared to buying separate attraction tickets, and see New York's most popular attractions with one easy-to-use digital pass.

    Choices include the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, Empire State Building, NY Waterways Tours, MoMA, and many more! There's no need to decide in advance, and you can take up to 60 days after using the pass to make your first visit.

    Your Explorer Pass also features special perks including gift shop discounts or a free audio guide at selected attractions, helping you make the most of your New York trip and save even more along the way.

    The New York attractions you can select include: 

    MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

    • American Museum of Natural History

    • The Museum ...

    With the New York Explorer pass, we selected the 7 most important sights. Then I started planning the days. I got to know the subway and bus transportation in New York and planned where and how to go. Now I’m nearing the end and enjoying it more and more. I’ve been to the U.S. several times, but I’ve avoided big cities by far so far. However, I was in almost every National Park. I think we will enjoy that too.

  • Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    6. Central Park: Private Pedicab Tour

    See the sights of New York’s Central Park on a unique pedicab tour. Your tour guide will show you the sights of Central Park and tell you about its history as you travel at a leisurely pace. You'll make stops at key places of interest in the park, such as Strawberry Fields, the Dakota Building, Cherry Hill, the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge, and Sheep Meadow. No matter what the season, you will be taken on a dreamlike ride in one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, filled with authentic New York culture and architectural splendor. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the history and significance of the various sights you pass.

  • NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

    7. NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

    With no less than 2 million works of art and artifacts on hand, the Met showcases objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern art from Europe and beyond. Your local English speaking guide will be an expert on the museum who will share a mix of historical information, scandalous stories and surprising details with you. At the end, you’ll have enjoyed yourself so much that you won’t even realize how the hours have passed and you’ll be on your way to becoming a local expert yourself. During this tour, start at the sumptuous Great Hall before moving to the museum’s most important galleries. In Medieval Europe Gallery you’ll learn about the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace as well as armory worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the iconic portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Learn about the turbulent and ...

    Had a great time. The guide was friendly and informative and we learned a lot more than we would have exploring on our own. Would highly recommend.

  • New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

    8. New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art 3-Hour Tour

    Get a comprehensive introduction to New York’s Metropolitan Museum on a 3-hour small group tour that traverses 5 continents and 5,000 years of art. Travel back to Ancient Egypt at the Temple of Dendur, and learn how it was brought to the museum with the support of Jackie Onassis. Learn about Egyptian burial traditions at Pernod’s Tomb, hear about the Rockefeller who came to an abrupt end collecting beast poles in New Guinea, and see a fully intact Roman ruin from Pompeii. Marvel at paintings by Raphael, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Picasso, hearing about the strange lives of these unusual artists along the way. Look at “Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, and discover why it caused such an outrage upon its release in Paris. You will also see one of the most recognizable paintings in the US at “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Your...

    Katie was excellent! We were a group of 10 adults and my 12 year old granddaughter and the 3+ hour tour could not have been better. The content, timing, humor and comfort were priceless. Seeds of excitement to return and learn were planted in a 12 year old! Thank you, Katie.

  • New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided Tour

    9. New York City: Metropolitan Museum of Art Guided Tour

    Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York’s most valuable landmark, boasting over two million works of art and artifacts from ancient Greece and Egypt, Modern art from Europe, and more. Skip the long line with this small-group guided tour and learn the museum's history and see the works of art housed within the walls. The tour begins with the Great Halls and visits all the most popular galleries. See the Chicago Stock Exchange in the American Wing, which also hosts the portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Visit the Medieval European Galley where you will see the armor worn by Henry VIII. Learn how American Galleries differ from European counterparts. Learn about the lives of painters from Vermeer, Seurat, and especially Van Gogh. Your professional experienced host will guide you and be there to answer your questions. If there is a specific area you are excited to visit in...

    Our guide, Nina, made seeing The Met, a whole new experience, even for this long term member. She provided history, context and helpful insight in a way that was not overwhelming, but engaging. Her broad based knowledge of the museum meant we had an excellent overview of the top works of art, and many of the less celebrated artists as well. I can highly recommend this tour.

  • NYC: Manhattan Bus Tour, Top of The Rock Ticket, & Cruise

    10. NYC: Manhattan Bus Tour, Top of The Rock Ticket, & Cruise

    Explore the sights of Manhattan from uptown to downtown on a full-day escorted coach tour. Let your guide show you the best Manhattan has to offer. Eat lunch at Hudson Eats, and enjoy admission to Top of the Rock Observatory. Leave land behind on a 1-hour Statue of Liberty harbor cruise, too. Start your day by seeing such highlights as Times Square and Madison Square Garden. Take in the unique architecture of the Flatiron building. Experience popular districts including Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Little Italy. You'll also get to travel to Battery Park, where you’ll board the Lady Liberty Harbor Cruise for close-up views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Included in this tour are additional sites such as Central Park, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Grant's Tomb, the uptown neighborhood of Harlem, Museum Mile, home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art...

    Lots of seen and learned. Good guide, good explanation in Harlem and around Central park. Beautiful ambience in High line Chelsea and Market.

Planning Your Visit

  • Hours

    The museum is open 7 days a week, 10 AM to 5:30 PM on Sunday - Thursday and 10 AM to 9 PM on Friday and Saturday.

  • Tickets

    Admission is on a pay as you wish basis, but a ticket is still required to enter. The recommended amount for adults is $25. Be clever and book online!

  • Transportation & Directions

    Parking begins at $20, so take the train to save on transportation. The museum is located at 82nd Street and 5th Avenue. Take the 1, 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west.

  • Visit the Rooftop Garden

    Be sure to take a trip to the sculpture garden for an incredible view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Sun - Thurs: 10AM - 5:30PM. Fri - Sat: 10AM - 9PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    $25 recommended and encouraged, but not required
  • Will I need a guide?
    Both tours and audio guides are available, but you can also grab a map and wander as you please.
  • How to get there
    Take the 1, 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west.
  • Additional information
    All backpacks and large bags must be checked at coat check. Save some time by leaving your large items behind.

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What people are saying about Metropolitan Museum of Art

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,802 reviews

I really enjoyed my time at the museum. The staff was very helpful and easy to spot. I will be going back on my next visit to New York. There is so much to see that one visit is not enough.

I didn’t have any problems with the pass. It was show/reserve and go experience, and it allowed us to do most of the attractions, including others we had planned. I had a good trip with it.

Incredibly beautiful bulging and the superb exhibition. The staff is very polite abs obliging. Thank you!

Easy booking and quick efficient entry into the building.

You could go to almost every attraction with the pass