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Private Tour: Shady Ladies of the New York City Metropolitan Museum

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Looking for a fun new way to experience the world's great art museums? Uncover the sexy side of history and art on this private 2-hour at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Learn the backstory of the museum's 'shady ladies' — those courtesans, prostitutes, and royal mistresses depicted in many of its masterpieces. Discover the unexpected side of these paintings and thus, an entirely new way to look at the classic collection in the largest art museum in the US.


  • Led by an art historian
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
  • All entrance fees included

Courtesans, royal mistresses, and scandalous women of every sort. The walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are lined with them, from the ancient Greek 'hetaerae' to Sargent's Madame X and beyond. These sexy women — often also intelligent, educated, wealthy, or even powerful — were key members of the political and cultural elites of their time. They fascinated patrons and artists alike, from Praxiteles to Titian to Manet. But who were they? What were their stories? To find out, explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings.

On this private 2-hour, an art historian will walk you through the Met and provide an orientation into the vast museum while showing an entirely new, intriguing side of art. Learn about the ancient Greek hetaira, the Japanese oiran, and the cortigiane of the Italian Renaissance; representations of Venus and their relationship to ladies of the night; royal mistresses in France and England and their titled descendants; the demimondaines of 19th century Paris and their importance in art and opera; and sex and art scandals of 19th century America.


  • Professional tour guide/art historian
  • Private tour


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 16 years old
  • Price shown is per group
  • Private tour may accommodate a group of up to 8 participants
  • Metropolitan Museum group admission prices ($20 general admission, $14 senior, $9 college student) must be paid in addition to the tour price.  This must be paid at the group desk with the guide present.
  • A maximum of 4 people per booking

Terms & Conditions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Voucher Info

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Schedule & Info

Departure Point
Metropolitan Museum of Art
(meeting instructions provided on voucher)

Departure Time
Please indicate preferred start time in the Special Requirements box at checkout.

Monday, Thursday, and Friday tours are available at 11 and 2 (but variations may be considered, depending on guide availability)

2 hours


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