Met Museum of Art and Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour in New York, NY

Babylon Tours1000 5th AveNew York, NY 10028
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Experience two amazing New York City treasures—the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Let a professional tour guide show you the best of The Met, Seurat and Van Gogh masterpieces to ancient Egyptian artifacts. Then, explore the highlights of Central Park such as Gapstow Bridge and Bethesda Terrace and Fountain as you learn all about the history of this urban oasis.

up to 5.5 hrs 2 to 8 people

Good To Know

  • Semi-private tour with eight guests maximum.
  • Tour duration approximately 5.5 hours.
  • All entrance fees included


from Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour
At the Met, your guide will show you a collection that rivals those of the Louvre and British Museum. 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. During this tour, you’ll start at the sumptuous Great Hall before moving to the museum’s most important galleries. In the 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 inspiring lives of several European painters including Vermeer, Seurat, and Van Gogh in the European wings. The museum itself has stories to tell, and your guide will explain how this American gallery differs from its older European counterparts, especially since it began before the United States was even 100 years old!

After a break for lunch, we head to Central Park designed to give New Yorkers a breath of fresh air. More than just green space, it’s also a venue for memorials and artwork honoring figures like Bolivar and Marti, as well as Balto and Hans Christen Andersen. As your enthusiastic young guide shares the park’s history, you’ll cross the famous Gapstow Bridge on your way to the Central Park Zoo. You will follow the tree-lined Mall and discuss the literary figures memorialized in statues on either side. You will discover the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, site of countless Hollywood moments. Cross Bow Bridge on your way to Strawberry Fields towards the Dakota to learn about John Lennon’s assassination at his memorial. You’ll discover the resplendent restaurant, Tavern on the Green, before joining the locals in Sheep Meadow, where New Yorkers of all walks of life can get away from city life for a moment.

Highlights generally include (if the artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.):
  • Henry VIII armor
  • Tiffany Autumn landscape
  • Chicago Stock Exchange Stairs
  • Madame X
  • Pop culture then and now
  • Hudson River School
  • Washington Crossing the Delaware
  • Jan Vermeer; Madonna with Child
  • Picasso
  • Seurat
  • Van Gogh
  • Bethesda
  • The Mall
  • Duck Pond
  • The Dairy
  • Checkers and Chess House
  • Belvedere Castle
  • Boat House
  • The Lake
  • The Reservoir
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Frequently Asked Questions about Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour

How long is the tour?

Tour duration is approximately 5 hours.

What age is recommended for the tour?

All ages are welcome.

Where is the tour located?

It is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028. The meeting point is by the Information Desk in front of the Egyptian Pharaoh statue, in the Great Hall of the Museum.

When does the tour start?

Tour starts at 10:30 AM, daily.

What does my tour admission include?

Included in the admission is a professional tour guide just for you, all entrance fees, lunch break.

Do tours operate rain or shine?

Yes. Whether it rains, snows, or shines, they run the tours. They advise you to be dressed accordingly to the weather. Check the forecast before coming out of the hotel. And wear comfortable shoes.

Is transportation available?

There is no pick-up or drop-off available. This includes Airport transfer/shuttle services.

Is food or drink allowed inside the museums?

No outside food or drink is allowed inside the museums.

Is smoking permitted on the tour?

Smoking is not allowed, including electronic cigarettes.

Can I take photos during the tour?

Photos are allowed unless otherwise indicated. The use of flash video and selfie sticks are prohibited.

Can I bring my pet on the tour?

No pets allowed.