Extended Metropolitan Museum of Art Small Group Tour
All bags are subject to security inspection before entering the Museum. All large backpacks, 11 x 15 x 5 inches (28 x 38 x 13 cm) and bigger must be checked. To avoid a long wait in the checkroom line, travel light for your tour.
Please note that the Met rooftop is closed during the winter from November through April and reopens from early May through the end of October, weather permitting.
The Temple of Dendur is occasionally rented out for private events with no advance notice provided. While usually this occurs in the evening times, closures may impact this tour. In such cases, other works from the Egyptian collection will be substituted.
Tour Participation Requirements
It covers about four blocks on the east side of Central Park, But inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can go almost anywhere.
The tombs at the Egyptian Art section on the first floor will take you back thousands of years to the civilization on the Nile. These well-preserved pieces aren't just valuable for their aesthetics – the hieroglyphs and symbolic pictures help us understand what daily life was like in one of the world's most important ancient cultures.
A short walk away and you're in medieval Europe, admiring relief sculptures of angels, gilded plaques with the image of Christ, and a full set of armor that belonged to King Henry VIII. You'll also check out the Antioch Chalice – some say it's the Holy Grail Christ drank from before his betrayal.
There are pieces from almost every major era of art and history on display here, and your knowledgeable guide will help you understand not just the works themselves, but their context. What drove Auguste Rodin to sculpt a completely nude Thinker on a boulder? Why did Vincent van Gogh produce over 20 self-portraits in just two years?
Thanks to the intimate nature of this experience, such questions are welcome. And the answers don't just satisfy a temporary curiosity. They inform the way you see art – and life – long after the tour is over.
John Singer Sargent's Madame X, one of the Met's most famous paintings, is a late 19th-century portrait of a high-society Parisian woman named Virginie Gautreau. Sargent's portrayal of Gautreau in a black dress with thin straps and a plunging neckline was risque on its own, but the depiction of one of the straps falling down was too much for conservative French elites. Even though Sargent painted over the original with the upright strap you'll see, pressure from France's art critics forced him to move to London to repair his reputation.
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