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Theater Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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See the world famous Met Museum through a theatrical lens on this fun and fascinating tour!

On your 90-minute guided stroll through the galleries, you’ll learn about the links between theater and great works of art by Renoir, Degas, Picasso, Seurat, and Caravaggio (to name a few). Your guide is a high-energy expert in both theater and art history, so you'll get all your questions answered!

And when you’re through with the tour, your ticket gives you full-day access to all three Met Museums!


On this incredible 90-minute tour, you’ll see the development of the theater art form as portrayed through visual art across history!

You’ll greet your fun tour guide in the museum’s “Great Hall”. You’ll proceed to the Greek wing to see some of the first-known statuette representations of actors! You’ll hear fascinating facts about Greek art (for example, all Greek statues were originally painted in bright colors) and Greek society’s views on theater in late 5th century B.C.

Next stop: the Baroque!   You’ll learn how theater influenced visual art, making it more dramatic in color and content. You will hear about tenebrism (the juxtaposition of light and dark in art) and painter Caravaggio’s interesting past.

Then, in the Impressionism wing, you’ll see an unfinished drawing of a woman at the opera (donated to the Met by Richard Rodgers, himself!), hear the secrets behind Degas’ dancers, and learn the true story of Georges Seurat (which was NOT in  Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George”).

Then you will see the larger than life painting of Picasso’s “The Actor” and one of Renoir’s final portraits, which happened to be of the original actress who played Eliza Doolittle in “Pygmalion” (which inspired “My Fair Lady”). The tour ends in the Modern Wing with Florine Steittheimer’s gorgeous “The Cathedrals of Broadway.”

This tour lasts 90 minutes, with extensive walking. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Suitable for art lovers of all ages. Your ticket gives you full day access to all three Met Museums (on Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer, and The Cloisters).

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  • Admission to the various Met museums and all exhibitions

  • Museum Store discount for the tour date and two days thereafter.


  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Food and drink, other than water in plastic bottles, are not allowed into the museum.
  • There are eight onsite dining options, ranging from casual cafés and cafeterias to fine dining spots.
  • Flash photography and video cameras are not permitted inside the museum.
  • Luggage, carry-on bags, musical instruments, oversize backpacks, and other large items are not allowed in the museum and cannot be stored at the coat check.

Terms & Conditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Voucher Info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Local operator information

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Schedule & Info

Departure Point
Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Ave). We will meet in the main atrium ("The Great Hall") by the pharaoh statue. Look for someone wearing a royal blue hat that says "Show-Score" on it.

Departure Time

90 minutes


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