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:2 hours 15 minutes
Cancellation: No refunds for cancelled bookings.
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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.
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April 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.
March 21, 2019
While the tour leader was knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to, two hours is a little too long for me.
February 27, 2019
It was an interesting and fun tour. However, the guide could have been a little louder at times.
February 20, 2019
Our tour guide was amazing! My husband and I are looking forward to joining future tours at the Met.
February 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.
January 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!
December 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.
November 7, 2018
Excellent host. Loved the theme and information shared😎
September 17, 2018
It was extremely interesting and informative. The guide really knew his stuff.
July 27, 2018
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...
May 24, 2018
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 6, 2018
Knowledgeable guide. Interesting topic. Would be nice to have literature to accompany even for additional cost
March 12, 2018
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!!!!!
February 11, 2018
Great tour! I had trouble hearing every now and then
January 23, 2018
I wanted to see more art
January 21, 2018
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!
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