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Meet the royal mistresses and courtesans who line the walls of the Metropolitan Museum on this tour with a twist. Enjoy a behind-the-canvas look at the women of the Met's most iconic pieces.
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Learn about a fascinating and little-known aspect of women’s history with a tour that focuses on the subject of famous paintings
Discuss the courtesans, mistresses, and scandalous women, who served as the muses for brilliant painters of every stripe
Uncover the stories of the women featured in famous and lesser-known works, from ancient Greek hetaeras to Sargent’s Madame X
Take a tour with a true expert, who has a deep knowledge and an ironic take on this immense art museum
Guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum
Art historian guide
Please arrive 15 minutes early. There are no restrooms or water fountains in the Met lobby. Children under 15 most likely will not enjoy this tour. Photography is allowed in the museum, but flash is prohibited, as is video.
Passengers may reschedule, depending on availability.
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May 3, 2019
My guest and I were both dissatisfied. The tour started more than 20 minutes late, while facilitator retrieved Met stickers.
Then he spent about 10 minutes telling us about himself and how he conceived of the tour. Who cares? Perhaps to make up for lost time, he had us sprinting through galleries on a very crowded Sunday afternoon. The tour itself was narrow in focus
Apr 10, 2019
The tour leader let the participants take over with way too many questions and observations. I felt like the tour lost it’s focus. I wish the leader had been more in charge.
Mar 21, 2019
While the tour leader was knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to, two hours is a little too long for me.
Feb 27, 2019
It was an interesting and fun tour. However, the guide could have been a little louder at times.
Feb 20, 2019
Our tour guide was amazing! My husband and I are looking forward to joining future tours at the Met.
Feb 20, 2019
The “back stories” were very interesting and made us realize these were real people and events. Not just some paint on a canvas.
Jan 29, 2019
The only reason I didn't say "very satisfied" is that the docent seemed somewhat self-congratulatory about how popular his tours were and that quality is always offputting to me. Otherwise, very knowledgable and interesting!
Dec 5, 2018
Very informative tour with a great guide. Gave us a chance to learn new and interesting things while visiting rooms of the museum we never ventured into in the past.
Nov 7, 2018
Excellent host. Loved the theme and information shared😎
Sep 17, 2018
It was extremely interesting and informative. The guide really knew his stuff.