Shady Ladies Tour of the Metropolitan Museum

  • 162 Ratings

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.

Region: New York
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cancellation: No refunds for cancelled bookings.

What You Will Do

  • 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.

  • Passengers may reschedule, depending on availability.

Customer Reviews

  • 162 Ratings

  • David

It was extremely interesting and informative. The guide really knew his stuff.

September 17, 2018

  • Marcia

The tour guide was phenomenal! I'm terrible with names...should always write them down...I think his name was Andrew. Extremely knowledgeable and quit witting and interesting...

July 27, 2018

  • Amy

I was hoping for more details about the various shady ladies-there was more walking than talking. The Japanese courtesans have such a rich history and not much was said. The egyptian cups were very interesting but no effort was made for everyone to get a chance to see them up close. The docent allowed people on the tour to talk off topic for much too long. He should have given rules for the walk in the beginning-that there would be a scheduled bathroom break, not to wander away, if you are not on time then the tour goes off without you. It was a large group and many were very rude to the desires of the rest. At one point one person was so tired of the blabbing that she said that's enough lets go on to the next exhibit! I really felt that for the two hour tour not too many items of art were discussed. Not worth the money, but a good concept.

May 24, 2018
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