American Wing at the Met - Private
New York, New York, USA
- The American Wing: Experience a popular, unparalleled opportunity to experience the country's finest samples of sculpture, decorative art, painting, and more.
- "The Met": The largest art museum in the U.S. and one of the world's most prominent. Achieve their mission – to connect you with "creativity, knowledge, and ideas."
- More than a guide: Be enlightened by a Ph.D.- or MA-level art historian, known officially by GoBe's New York City travel partner as a "docent" (from the Latin for "teacher").
- Your group, your tour: This private experience lets you set the departure time and adapt to your party's preference. Plus, build a real rapport with your in-the-know docent.
About This New York Tour
Housing 1,700 works, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's American Wing stands proudly among an overall two million holdings. Pore over this rich collection, covering the classics, discovering newly presented masterworks, and following the narrative of United States art from the 1700s to the near past. Study these objects at close range, contextualizing them within the sweep and development of a national aesthetic.
Linger over the premier sculpture collection, featuring oft-overlooked marble and bronze works by Hiram Powers, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Daniel Chester French. Discuss sculpture's importance, the mastery of sculptural techniques, characteristics of the Neoclassical and Beaux-Arts styles, and the historic significance of artists' chosen subjects.
Visit balcony galleries bathed in natural light and offering breathtaking views of Central Park, behind display cases filled with shimmering and colorful masterpieces of American silver, glassware, ceramics, and jewelry. Spanning the Colonial era to the 1900s, they include rare and exquisitely crafted silver pieces by Paul Revere, as well as stained glass by Tiffany, in the most comprehensive stained glass collection in any American museum.
In the Henry R. Luce Center, enjoy the Met's entire reserve collection of American fine and decorative art objects. Peruse a dazzling array of paintings, touching on a variety of topics, like the role of portraiture in crafting the nation's cultural history, the importance of still life and landscape in 19th-century American art, and genre and historical paintings that offer glimpses of everyday life from Colonial through Victorian times. All in all, a gloriously patriotic gathering.
A welcome worthy of some serious flag waving
One of the museum's most beautiful and popular spaces, the Charles Engelhard Court serves as the formal entrance to the American galleries. There you'll find two remarkable architectural treasures: the three-story facade of the Branch Bank of the United States (1822-24), originally located on Wall Street, plus a loggia designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1905 for the entrance to his country estate outside of New York City.
Please make your way to The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028. Look for your guide holding a sign with the tour name at the main entrance.
Your guide will pre-purchase entry tickets, which allow you to skip the long entry lines to the museum. Contact Hello@GoBe.com if anyone in your crowd has a museum membership.
Wheelchairs are available at the coat checks. Only pencils may be used in the galleries; the use of pens and markers is prohibited.
Plan to stand or walk for the duration of the tour. You'll need to keep up with the pace of the group. The Met is wheelchair accessible; bring a companion to offer any assistance.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour, Luxury
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Skip the Ticket Line Museum Admission
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide. Strollers permitted.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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