Shady Ladies Tour of the Metropolitan Museum

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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.
Duration:  2hrs 15mins
Cancellation:  No refunds for cancelled bookings
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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

What's Included

  • Guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum
  • Art historian guide
  • Admission

Additional Information

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.

Cancellation policy

Passengers may reschedule, depending on availability.

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236 Ratings
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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.


Meeting location:  1000 5th Ave

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