Evening at the Met Tour: Scandals and Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum Masterpieces in New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York, NY 10028
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You might not usually sign up for art tours. But this isn’t your average art museum tour. On the Twisted Met tour, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum while discovering some of the museum’s hidden gems and quirky works of art, along with little-known trivia about the artists. From hippos with a limp to a scavenger hunt, all your expectations will be thrown out the door on this one-of-a-kind tour of the Met!

Good To Know

  • Experience the hilarious side of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on this snarky tour.
  • Tours accommodate a maximum of 15 people to ensure an engaging experience for all.
  • This tour may not be suitable for young children under the age of 13.
  • Hear the eye-opening stories behind the works of art and crazy lives of the artists.
  • Tour duration: Approximately 2.5 hours long.


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This is an art museum tour for people who don’t usually take art museum tours. If you are visiting with young people, or don’t have much experience with art, or simply want to learn some unique things about famous works, this is an entertaining way to see some of the finest works in America and have a good laugh while you’re at it.

Your 2.5-hour tour starts when you meet your expert guide and small group of no more than 15 people at the entrance to the Met. The small group size ensures that you can ask all the questions you want and never miss a word of what your guide is saying.

After a brief intro, it’s off to find some of the most bizarre and quirky pieces hidden within the enormous collection. A hippo with a limp? Check. A wardrobe malfunction from ancient Egypt? Yup. There’s even some kinky flemish dinnerware (if age appropriate, of course). You’ll also get the funny and fascinating backstories on more famous works and learn about the wild lives of artists like Monet and Van Gogh. Don’t forget about the butt-themed scavenger hunt; prepare yourself accordingly.

All of our guides are seasoned art lovers who have spent years studying the works in the Met. This twisted tour gives them a chance to show off their knowledge without the stiffness that usually characterizes museum tours. It's a unique experience for people of all ages and experiences and once you’ve taken it, you’ll never look at art in the same way.

Sites Visited:
• Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Tomb of Perneb and Egyptian artifacts (William the hippo, canopic jars, Hatshepsut statues, mummies)
• Meketre Tomb models
• Temple of Dendur
• Paintings of John Singer Sargent, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Pollock
• Washington Crossing the Delaware
• Primitive Ashmat tribal poles
• PreColumbian gold pieces
• Various and miscellaneous oddities and rarities
• Rooftop exhibit (weather permitting)

Group Size: 15 people per guide
Note: *This tour may not be suitable for young children under 13 years.*
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Frequently Asked Questions about Evening at the Met Tour: Scandals and Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum Masterpieces

Is this tour appropriate for kids?
Due to the nature of certain art pieces and stories, the tour is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Where does the tour meet?
Tours meet in front of the Pharaoh in the Main Lobby of the MET.

How long is the tour?
Tours are approximately 2.5 hours long.

When should I arrive?
Please arrive no later than 15-20 minutes prior to your tour time. Tours depart promptly at 11:00 am.

How many people will be on my tour?
Tours accommodate up to 15 people to ensure each guest receives a personalized and engaging tour experience.

Does the tour include hotel pick-up and drop-off?
No. Guests must arrange their own transportation to and from the museum.

What should I bring?
Please bring your tour tickets and a valid ID.

What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable walking shoes as the majority of the tour requires guests to stand/walk throughout the museum.

Is a coat check available?
A coat and bag check is available during the colder months. If you would like to check something, allow a little extra time before and after the tour to do so.

Can I take pictures during the tour?
Non-flash photography is allowed. However, flash photography and video cameras cannot be used inside the Museum. Selfie sticks are also prohibited.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
The Met is fully wheelchair accessible. However, if you cannot climb the stairs of the central entrance to reach the meeting point, there is a ground level entrance one block south, near the intersection of 81st street and 5th avenue. Tell the desk you need to use the elevator to meet a group in the main lobby (at the pharaoh statue), which will then secure your entrance ticket. They will provide you with a temporary pass and help direct you upstairs.

Is the tour available in any other languages?
The tour is available in English only.