THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART TOUR TIPS
With so much to see, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed at the Met. Or worse — after wandering without direction through the massive halls, you may miss out on the pieces you really wanted to see. So it’s a good idea to grab a map before you enter and plot out your visit. If you’re determined to see it all, plan to take a break and eat lunch in one of the Met’s five dining options.
Food and drinks may not be brought into the museum. Only water in plastic bottles is permitted.
While you’re allowed to take photos in most areas of the Met, using a flash is not permitted. Video cameras are not allowed.
Sketching is permitted, but only with pencils.
Leave the luggage at home or in your hotel. It’s not permitted in the galleries and cannot be left at the coat check.
The Met provides wheelchairs free of charge, and appointments can be made in advance for a volunteer guide to escort wheelchair users through the museum.
For a small fee, visitors can rent one of the Met’s audio guide players, which has approximately 100 hours of audio commentary about the works of art in the permanent collection and select special exhibitions.
The Met is wheelchair accessible and strollers are permitted in most areas. (Enter at the street-level entrance at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street or the Museum Parking Garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street).
HOURS OF OPERATION
1000 Fifth Ave.
Open 7 Days a Week
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and the first Monday in May
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
99 Margaret Corbin Drive Fort Tryon Park
Open 7 Days a Week
March – October: 10:00 AM to 5:15 PM
November – February: 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
The Met Breuer
945 Madison Ave.
Tuesday – Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Thursday – Friday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed: Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day