The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Off to The Metropolitan Museum of Art? See our insider advice for a queue-free visit as well as opening times and phone numbers!

Estimated attendance

Closed Reopens Wednesday 22/11 at 10:00
Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sun 26 Mon 27 Tue 28
10:00 11:00
11:00 12:00
12:00 14:00
14:00 17:30
17:30 21:00
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Our tips

Peak hours

Wednesday and Thursday mornings are the best option to visit the museum without crowds.

As a rule, there are less visitors in the morning than in the afternoon.

Saturday is the busiest day of the week.

During school holidays and public holidays the visitors’ number doubles!

February and September are the least crowded months.

The least crowded parts of the Museum

Certain parts of the museum are less known and don’t see crowds even during the busiest hours:

  • Oceanic Art

  • Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

  • The Robert Lehman Collection

  • Asian Art

Practical Information

All backpacks and packages must be checked in at the coat-check facilities. Avoid waiting in long lines by leaving backpacks and packages at home.

Water in plastic bottles may be brought into the Museum.

Flash photography and video cameras cannot be used inside the Museum.

Only pencils may be used in the galleries; the use of pens and markers is prohibited.

There’s a parking lot available at the museum: check here for rates and other details.

Admission Fees

  • Adult: $25

  • Seniors (65 and older): $17

  • Students: $12

  • Members: Free

  • Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult): Free

Metropolitan Museum Photo credits to Nick Gray via Flickr

Photo credits to Phil Roeder via Flickr

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