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Group Visits to The Met Cloisters

Reservations are required for all guided and self-guided group visits to The Met Cloisters. Please call 212-570-3711 or email [email protected] to schedule a group visit at least four weeks in advance.

Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of ten or more, and for any third-party guided tours, regardless of size. Any organization may bring a maximum of three groups or ninety people on a single day. Advance reservations are necessary to facilitate easy entry and comfortable viewing in the galleries. Please note that the Museum reserves the right to turn away unscheduled groups due to overcrowding.

Audio Guide players are available for an additional fee and must be reserved in advance. Learn more about the Audio Guide, or call 212-570-3711 for more information.

School groups are invited to explore The Met Cloisters with a Museum instructor. Guided visits are tailored to the age and ability level of each class and are approximately ninety minutes long, unless otherwise indicated. Self-guided visits may also be arranged for high school groups. For information about bringing your school group to The Met Fifth Avenue or The Met Breuer, see School Groups.

A Medieval Bestiary (Grades 1–3)
Search for animals—both real and imaginary—in medieval works of art. Popular legends come alive with beasts portrayed in a variety of media and settings. Program length: one hour.

Stories and Legends in Medieval Art (Grades 3–6)
Discover relationships between medieval art and literature by studying images and legends of saints, mythical beasts, biblical heroes, knights, and medieval pilgrims.

Walls (Grades 4–8)
Learn about the art of the Middle Ages by focusing on medieval architecture and architectural decoration—monumental paintings, sculpture, stained glass, and tapestries. The program culminates in building an arch with blocks to demonstrate basic structural principles of medieval architecture.

A Medieval Journey (Grades 4–8)
Explore works of art created for the medieval monastery and castle. Students investigate how works of art reflect the similarities, differences, and relationships between these religious and secular contexts.

The Medieval Artist (Grades 4–8)
Examine the world of the medieval artist by discussing media and techniques used to create such artworks as tapestries, frescoes, stone and wood carvings, metalwork, stained glass, and illuminated manuscripts.

The Medieval Court (Grades 5–8)
Enter the world of splendid medieval castles and tournaments! Explore images of knightly heroes and ladies and learn about their legends and heraldic symbols. Marvel at precious gifts of ivory and jewels, as well as the tapestries and metalwork that adorned the great banquet halls.

Guided Visits (Grades 9–12)
Teachers may select gallery lectures highlighting the collection or focusing on a particular theme such as art, history, horticulture, literature, or religion. Program length: one hour.

Self-Guided Visits (Grades 9–12)
High school groups may also visit the Museum under the supervision of their own leader. There must be at least one teacher or adult chaperone per 10 students. Teachers are strongly encouraged to provide their students with a structured project or lesson plan to follow during their visit. Museum staff lecturing in the galleries have priority. Please yield to Museum-led tours and programs. Please note that self-guided groups also require appointments.

See Group Visits for information about bringing your group to The Met Fifth Avenue or The Met Breuer.

Private Guided Visits
One-hour guided gallery tours provide an overview of The Met Cloisters collection. A narrower focus on specific works of art or themes can be arranged upon request, as can tours in some foreign languages. Seasonally appropriate discussions of the Museum's gardens are also available.

Self-Guided Visits
Groups may also visit the Museum under the supervision of their own leader. Museum staff lecturing in the galleries have priority. Please yield to Museum-led tours and programs. Please note that self-guided groups also require appointments.

 

Grades 1–8

All Other Groups

Guided Visits Monday–Friday: 10 or 10:30 am
Saturday: 10 am–12:30 pm
Sunday: 10 am–3:30 pm
Monday–Friday: 12–3:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am–12:30 pm
Sunday: 10 am–3:30 pm
Self-Guided Visits Monday–Friday: 12–3:30 pm
Saturday: 10–11:30 am
Sunday: 10 am–3:30 pm
Monday–Friday: 12–3:30 pm
Saturday: 10–11:30 am
Sunday: 10 am–3:30 pm

Guided groups of 15 or fewer people pay the minimum deposit as a flat fee. Deposits are payable upon receipt of confirmation letter. Deposits will only be refunded if cancellations are made at least one week prior to appointment.

Deposits are not required for self-guided visits.

Membership and other discounts do not apply to group admission. Qualified tour operators are eligible for discounted rates.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Groups

 

Guided Visits Self-Guided Visits
New York City Schools Fee waived Fee waived
Non–New York City Schools $16 per person
($240 minimum deposit)
$10 per person

 

Adult, University, Tourism, and Personal Groups

 

Guided Visits Self-Guided Visits
Adult Groups $31 per person
($465 minimum deposit)
$22 per person
Senior Groups $24 per person
($360 minimum deposit)
$15 per person
College Student Groups $19 per person
($285 minimum deposit)
$10 per person
New York City College Student Groups $200 per 25 people $5 per student


Same-Day Visits to The Met Fifth Avenue or The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters

Note: This surcharge must be paid in advance.

Guided Visits Self-Guided Visits
$200 per guide Fee waived