Shady Ladies Tour of the Metropolitan Museum
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.
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
- 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.
- 227 Ratings
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.
While the tour leader was knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to, two hours is a little too long for me.
It was an interesting and fun tour. However, the guide could have been a little louder at times.
Our tour guide was amazing! My husband and I are looking forward to joining future tours at the Met.
The “back stories” were very interesting and made us realize these were real people and events. Not just some paint on a canvas.
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!
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.
Excellent host. Loved the theme and information shared😎
It was extremely interesting and informative. The guide really knew his stuff.
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...
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.
Knowledgeable guide. Interesting topic. Would be nice to have literature to accompany even for additional cost
I was part of a group that had 19 attendees. I felt the group a bit too large. Perhaps they should be capped at 12 making it a bit easier to hear and navigate around the museum. Despite that I thought the tour was great!!!!!
Great tour! I had trouble hearing every now and then
I wanted to see more art
Tour was interesting, however, I would have liked to see more in the way of exhibits - with slightly less in-depth historical information. Overall, we enjoyed the tour very much!