Met Museum – tickets, prices, discounts, guided tours

Image: Metmuseum.org

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) is the largest art museum in the United States.

Over 5,000 years’ worth of art from various cultures and periods is displayed at The Met.

MET Museum opened to the public in 1880 and since then has grown to cover a space of more than two million square feet.

In this article, we share everything you must know before purchasing MET Museum tickets.

What to expect at The Met


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How to reach Met Museum

The official address of the MET Museum is – 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028, USA.

Because of its location, The Met is also often referred to as Met Fifth Avenue. Get Directions

Public transport is the best way to get to The MET.

From East of Manhattan

Take the 4, 5, or 6 subway to 86th Street station on the Second Avenue Line.

From 86th Street Station, the Met Museum is four blocks west of Fifth Avenue and you can walk the distance in around 15 minutes.

If you prefer buses, opt for M1, M2, M3, or M4 buses, which go along Fifth Avenue – from Uptown to 82nd Street.

If you are coming from downtown locations, take the buses along Madison Avenue to 83rd Street.

From West of Manhattan

Board 1 train and get down at the 86th Street station, and then walk the four blocks west to Fifth Avenue Museum.

Or take the M86 crosstown bus, which travels across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

From Penn Station

You can get on the C local train and reach 81st Street station.

You can get on the M79 crosstown bus to reach Fifth Avenue (where the Met Museum is located) from just outside the station.

From The Met Cloisters

The best option is to take the M4 bus to 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

The next best public transport option is to take the A train to 125th Street station, get onto a B or C local train, and get off at 81st Street station.

From just outside 81st Street station, you can transfer to the M79 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

Parking at The MET

The Met Museum’s parking garage on Fifth Avenue and 80th Street is open all through the year.

For up to three hours, the parking costs $39, and for up to five hours $45.


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Metropolitan Museum of Art hours

From Sunday to Thursday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens at 10 am and closes at 5.30 pm.

On Friday and Saturday, the museum opens at 10 am and closes at 9 pm to accommodate the weekend crowd.

When is MET Museum closed

This New York Museum is closed on –

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas (25 Dec)
  • New Year (1 Jan)
  • First Monday of May

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Best time to visit MET Museum

The best time to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art is between 4 pm to 5 pm on Friday or Saturday.

The majority of the visitors are getting out by then, and since on Friday and Saturday the Museum remains open till 9 pm, you get 4 to 5 hours to explore.

If you can’t plan your visit on a Friday or Saturday, the next best time to be at the MET Museum is as soon as they open their doors at 10 am.

The MET Museum is one of the few attractions Worldwide to have a Tripadvisor rating of five, because of which it gets more than six million visitors annually.

Whichever time you visit, it makes sense to buy Met Museum tickets in advance.

When NOT to visit the MET

During school and public holidays, New York parents visit MET Museum with their kids.

As a result, The Met welcomes almost double the number of visitors on holidays.

Best months to visit MET Museum

The best months for visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art are from May to late October.

The weather around this time is pleasant, allowing you to visit the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar, located on the 5th floor of the MET Museum.

Cantor Roof Garden at Met Museum. Metmuseum.org

The top floor provides an astonishing view overlooking Manhattan and its star tourist spot, Central Park.

Tip: Depending on the time and day, the wait at the ticketing counter can range from 20 minutes to an hour. That’s why buying Skip the Line tickets in advance is a smart thing to do.


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How long does MET Museum take

If you love art and prefer to get into the details, you will need three to five hours to explore what’s on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Some visitors are known to complete their tour in 90 minutes.

Tourists who have been to art museums multiple times say that art fatigue sets in after approximately 2 hours of roaming around.

Regular breaks help make it a memorable visit.


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MET Museum’s ticket price

The MET admission price is different for New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers.

Ticket price for visitors from New York

For New York State residents and New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, the admission fee you pay is up to you.

The locals can buy their tickets for the Met Museum online or at the Museum admissions desk with a valid ID.

At the time of entry, you must submit one of the following documents as a valid ID proof of being a local.

– New York State driver’s license
– New York State identification card
– IDNYC
– Current bill or statement with a New York State address
– Student ID
– New York library card

Price for non-New Yorkers

Metropolitan Museum’s ticket price for general admission is $25 for all visitors 13 years and above, $20 for seniors above 65 years of age).

Kids 12 years and under enter the Met Museum for free.

These tickets are valid for three consecutive days and give you access to the MET Museum and its two branches, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters.

With these general admission tickets, one can access all ongoing temporary exhibitions at The MET.

MET Museum tickets

When you buy MET Museum tickets at the venue, you get a physical ticket like this (in pic). However, we recommend you buy your tickets online to avoid wasting time in long ticket counter queues. Image: Dohadmac

All Metropolitan Museum of Art tickets help you skip the line, and walk right into the Museum.

These are also smartphone tickets, which means the moment you make the purchase, they get emailed to you.

On the day of your visit, show the ticket in your email and walk into the Museum.

Important: Besides The Met, this one ticket gets you access to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters as well.

Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): $25
Seniors ticket (65+ years): $20

Kids 12 years and below enter the museum for free.


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Met Museum guided tours

A guided tour in progress at the MET Museum. Image: Metmuseum.org

If you prefer a guide to take you around the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you have two options.

Met Museum highlights tour

The highlights guided tour is a skip the line, two-hour-long tour hosted by an English-speaking guide.

If you are the kind that tends to get lost in Museums or prefer to see only the main attractions of a Museum, this tour is perfect for you.

In two hours, the expert guide takes you around the must-sees of the MET Museum.

Ticket price

Adult ticket (15+ years): 52 USD
Child ticket (2 to 14 years): 42 USD

For those who love art more than others, expert guides also offer three-hour long guided tours.

Semi-private Guided tour

During this two and a half hours long English tour, a local guide helps you explore the best attractions in The Met.

Since the group size is only 6-8 tourists, this gets referred to as the semi-private guided tour.

This tour needs a minimum of two tourists to start.

After the guide has done their bit, you can continue to hang around for as long as you want.

Tip: If budget is not an issue, you can opt for the ‘Private Tour’ on the ticket booking page and keep the guide to yourself.


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Visiting The Met for free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently does not offer a free day or free night to its visitors.

However, there are a few ways to explore the Met Museum without paying admission fees.

Teens Take The Met!

The Met Museum offers free admission to teenagers (aged 13 to 18) at its Teens Take The Met events.

On the event day, the Met Museum is free for teenagers – all they have to do is show up with a middle or high school ID.

Museum Mile Festival

The Museum Mile Festival is yet another opportunity to enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art for free.

One day every year, entry to eight fantastic Museums spread over the 30-block stretch of Fifth Avenue is free.

The eight institutes which participate in the annual Museum Mile Festival are The Africa Center, El Museo del Barrio, Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Design Museum, Jewish Museum, Neue Galerie, Museum of the City of New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The free entry timings are usually from 6 pm to 9 pm.

The Museum Mile Festival dates get announced here.

Free entry with City passes

Buying a Discount Card is the best way to gain free entry into The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

When you buy discount cards such as NYC Explorer Pass, New York Pass, and New York City Pass you pay once and then access a pre-determined number of attractions for free.

All the above mentioned Discount cards include free access to The Met Museum.

Confused about which art museum to visit? Check out which is better, Met Museum or MOMA


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Met Museum’s audio guide

Met Museum’s audio guide includes more than 3,000 recordings and is a great tool to explore the 5,000 years of art on display.

Using the audio guide, visitors can explore highlights of The Met collection in ten languages – English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Audio players come with volume control and headsets. Neck loops for hearing aids with T – switches are also available on request.

Audio guide players are available for rent at Met Museum entrance.

Image: Metmuseum.org

In fact, they are also available at the entrances of its two other sister Museums – The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer.

Cost of Met Museum’s audio guide

The per person fee for this audio guide is – $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age.

Audio Guide players are $5 for all visitors after 5 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.


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What to see at MET Museum of Art

With so many extraordinary artifacts on display at MET Museum in New York, it is challenging to handpick a few.

We list out ten of the most popular exhibits of the art museum.

1. Washington Crossing the Delaware

Year: 1851

This piece of art is considered a patriotic statement, just like its subject matter.

Artist Emanuel Leutze depicts George Washington along with the Continental Army on Christmas Eve in 1776.

2. Self–portrait with a Straw Hat

Year: 1887

This painting is one of the earliest Van Gogh self-portraits where he uses lighter colors and pointillist technique.

3. Madonna and Child

Year: ca. 1290 – 1300

Duccio di Buoninsegna’s Madonna and Child, or Stoclet Madonna, has only been widely acknowledged as his work for the past century and accessible to scholars for only half a century.

4. The Dance Class

Year: 1874

Edgar Degas spent precious time observing the ballerinas in their proper form at the Paris Opera House during the 1870s.

The painting displays a group of ballerinas getting ready for a class with ballet master Jules Perrot.

5. Aristotle with a Bust of Homer

Year: 1653

Rembrandt van Rijn displays the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle wearing exotic clothes and a gold chain which was a present from his pupil.

In the painting, he has his hand resting on a bust of Homer.

6. Ugolino and His Sons

Year: 1865–67

Jean – Baptiste Carpeaux’s sculpture displays an incident from Canto XXXIII of Dante’s Inferno, where Count Ugolino, with his sons and grandsons, are left to starve to death in the tower of Pisa.

7. Relief Panel

Year: ca. 883–859 BC

This massive stone slab was a part of a wall panel from the northwest Palace at Nimrud.

The handcrafted lower half lists the military accomplishments of Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II.

8. The Attitudes of Animals in Motion

Year: 1881

Eadweard Muybridge wanted to record a galloping horse while wishing to determine whether all the four hooves could be off the ground at one point in time.

While doing so, he created this piece of stop–action photography.

9. Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

Year: ca. 1504

The Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints are also known as Colonna Altarpiece and is currently the only altarpiece by Raphael in the United States.

10. The Temple of Dendur

Year: 10 BC

This Egyptian temple was presented to the United States in 1965 after the Army Corps of Engineers saved it from the rising waters of the Nile.

The museum has a custom-built gallery to display the temple.


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MET for kids

The MET has lots of activities planned for families and kids.

The MetKids special has been made for, with, and by kids.

Activities for kids and families

Kids can discover fun facts about various masterpieces at MET.

They can also get into the Met Fifth Avenue’s time machine, watch behind-the-scenes archived videos, and work on their own creative projects.

1. Nolen Library

Nolen Library welcomes readers of all ages to consult a wide range of materials about The Met’s collection, exhibitions, and art history.

2. Audio Guide for Kids

The Audio Guide for Kids features thirteen tours, perfect for kids 6 to 12 years of age.

Artworks throughout all of the major areas of the Museum are included in these kids’ tours.

3. Children’s Classes

For kids, MET organizes classes by professional educators and artists who use the whole Met Museum (from studios to galleries) as an expanded classroom.

4. Kids concert at $1

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers various concerts throughout the year with $1 ticket for kids (6 – 16).

Kids can avail of this offer when they are accompanied by an adult purchasing a full-price ticket.

Only three children are allowed to accompany one paying adult.


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The Met Breuer

The Met Breuer is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s branch dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

It is in a separate building (designed by architect Marcel Breuer), approximately ten minutes walk from the main Met Museum.

The Met Breuer helps visitors explore art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Entry to The Met Breuer is included in tickets for The Met.

The Met Breuer’s location

945 Madison Ave
At 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

The Met Museum to The Met Breuer

Step out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and turn right on 5th Avenue Road (also known as the Museum Mile road).

You will be heading in the SouthWest direction towards E 81st Street.

After walking half a kilometer (0.3 Mile) turn left on to E 75th Street, and after walking approximately 150 meters (0.1 Mile), you must turn right onto Madison Avenue.

Continue walking till you spot The Met Breuer on your left. Get Directions

Parking at Met Breuer

The Met Breuer does not have a parking lot of its own.

Visitors to this Museum can park in the nearby iPark, located on 75th Street.

Since iPark has limited parking, most tourists prefer to park their cars at The Met Fifth Avenue and walk it to The Met Breuer.

The Met Breuer’s hours

The Met Breuer doesn’t open on Mondays.

Here are the open timings for other days:

Tuesday to Thursday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5:30 pm


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The Met Cloisters

Inaugurated in 1938, The Met Cloisters is a much older branch of The Met Museum.

The Met Cloisters specializes in the art and architecture of medieval Europe.

Entry to The Met Cloisters is included in tickets for The Met.

Met Cloisters’ location

99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040

The Met Cloisters is approximately 13 Kms (8 Miles) from The Met Museum, so it is not advisable to walk it.

If you have your car or hire a taxi, a quick 15 minutes ride can take you from The Met Museum to Met Cloisters.

If you opt for public transport, it may take you 45 to 60 minutes.

Parking at The Met Cloisters

Free city parking is available in Fort Tryon Park, just a seven-minute walk from The Met Cloisters.

The public parking area in front of The Met Cloisters has slots for visitors with disabilities.

Met Cloisters hours

The Met Cloisters is open on all days of the week, all through the year.

The Met Cloisters timings are:

1 Mar to 31 Oct: 10 am to 5:15 pm
1 Nov to 28 Feb: 10 am to 4:45 pm

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