The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)

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

Make sure to buy your skip-the-line tickets online before your visit!

Estimated attendance

Closed Reopens Thursday 11/08 at 10:00
Thu 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sun 14 Mon 15 Tue 16 Wed 17
10:00 11:00
11:00 12:00
12:00 14:00
14:00 17:30
17:30 21:00
Very high

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.

We strongly recommend to buy your skip-the-line tickets in advance to avoid waiting once there! They’re available for sale here.

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


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
📍 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York
New York

From East Side of Manhattan

By Subway: Take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street and walk three blocks west to Fifth Avenue (10-minute walk).

By Bus: Take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus along Fifth Avenue (from uptown locations) to 82nd Street or along Madison Avenue (from downtown locations) to 83rd Street.

From West Side of Manhattan

Take the 1 train to 86th Street, then the M86 crosstown bus across Central Park to Fifth Avenue, or

Take the C train to 81st Street, then the M79 bus (free transfer) across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

From Penn Station

Take the M4 bus to 83rd Street and Madison Avenue; or

Take the C local train to 81st Street and transfer to the M79 crosstown bus (free transfer) across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

From The Cloisters

Take the M4 bus directly to 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue; or

Take the A train to 125th Street, transfer to the B or C local train, exit at 81st Street, and transfer to the M79 crosstown bus (free transfer) across Central Park to Fifth Avenue.

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