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Private Metropolitan Museum of Art VIP Before-Hours Tours

An exclusive, private VIP tour experience of The Met

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Before-Hours Tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Enjoy the exclusive experience of early access to The Met on a before-hours tour. One of the museum’s most engaging guides will lead you through an intimate view of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. See the world-class museum as you’ve never seen it before – without the crowds and noise of regular hours. Your private tour will explore the breadth of The Met’s collection on a one hour highlights tour beginning at 9:00am before the museum opens to the public. Art Smart will then extend your tour for an additional hour with our hallmark, customized tours, allowing you and your group to focus on the art that most catches your interest.

VIP Early Access Before-Hours Tour at The Metropolitan Museum

This two-hour experience starts at $1,200.

Early Access Tours must be reserved at least two weeks in advance. The cancellation policy does not allow refunds if tours are cancelled or changed within eight days of the planned visit.

Good to know: Please arrive on time. Groups arriving 30 minutes or more after their scheduled start time will forfeit their visit. Any guest arriving 15 or more minutes after their group has entered the galleries will not be permitted entry.


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Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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