Met & Natural History Museum Skip-the-Line Combo Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max - New York City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
  • Return Details :
    • TOUR MEETING POINT: Meet near the Information Desk in front of the Egyptian Pharaoh statue, in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art  • It is imperative that you provide us with gues.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Join our enthusiastic guide and up to 8 guests on this 5.5 hour semi-private guided museum combo tour that will explore history, art, and natures marvels at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. Youll have a short break between the two museums to stay comfortable. Visit two of the Big Apples most iconic museums in one day, allowing you to make the most of your time in New York.

Met Skip-the-Line NOTE: Initial security line cannot be bypassed and may vary in size depending on congestion.

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With no less than 2 million works of art and artifacts on hand, the Met showcases objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern art from Europe and beyond. During this tour, you’ll start at the sumptuous Great Hall before moving to the museum’s most important galleries. In the Medieval Europe Gallery you’ll learn about the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace as well as armory worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the iconic portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Learn about the turbulent and inspiring lives of several European painters including Vermeer, Seurat, and Van Gogh in the European wings. 
After a break for lunch, move to the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll take a trip through time and space. The museum’s 33 million objects are spread through 28 different buildings. You’ll start by learning the museum’s history in the majestic Roosevelt Rotunda before moving onto hear how the dioramas are created as you explore the giant African mammals of the Akeley Hall. The creatures get even bigger as you move towards the dinosaur exhibits featuring some of the most complete collections of dinosaur skeletons anywhere in the world. From the gargantuan Titanosaur to the crowd-favorite T-Rex, even the most serious adult feels like a kid staring up at these beasts. You’ll then move on to hear about the North American Forests, featuring the giant Sequoia, before gaping up at the Blue Whale hanging overhead in the Hall of Ocean Life. Visit some American mammals as you learn about the National Parks of the United States. End your visit with a trip to space, exploring the Cosmic Pathway that details the no fewer than 13 billion years of our universe’s existence.

Itinerary:


With no less than 2 million works of art and artifacts on hand, the Met showcases objects from Ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern art from Europe and beyond. During this tour, you’ll start at the sumptuous Great Hall before moving to the museum’s most important galleries. In the Medieval Europe Gallery you’ll learn about the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace as well as armory worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the iconic portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware River. Learn about the turbulent and inspiring lives of several European painters including Vermeer, Seurat, and Van Gogh in the European wings. 
After a break for lunch, move to the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll take a trip through time and space. The museum’s 33 million objects are spread through 28 different buildings. You’ll start by learning the museum’s history in the majestic Roosevelt Rotunda before moving onto hear how the dioramas are created as you explore the giant African mammals of the Akeley Hall.  The creatures get even bigger as you move towards the dinosaur exhibits featuring some of the most complete collections of dinosaur skeletons anywhere in the world. From the gargantuan Titanosaur to the crowd-favorite T-Rex, even the most serious adult feels like a kid staring up at these beasts. You’ll then move on to hear about the North American Forests, featuring the giant Sequoia, before gaping up at the Blue Whale hanging overhead in the Hall of Ocean Life. Visit some American mammals as you learn about the National Parks of the United States. End your visit with a trip to space, exploring the Cosmic Pathway that details the no fewer than 13 billion years of our universe’s existence.

Inclusions

  • Duration 5.5 Hours (Including A Lunch Break)
  • Skip-the-Line Semi-Private Museum Tour. Initial security line cannot be bypassed and may vary
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum

Exclusions

  • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
  • Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Additional Info

Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller

Public transportation options are available nearby

Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

A maximum of 8 people per booking

Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

Notes: The Met and Natural History Museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 21-Jul-2023

    We enjoyed everything about our tour of the Met & Natural History Museums! Katherine was very knowledgeable and showed us so many insider tips and secrets! She kept us all engaged & enthused. The tour was definitely a highlight of our trip to NYC!

  • 19-Jul-2023

    Great tour with lots of information and fun little side stories. We enjoyed both museums. Katherine was awesome!

  • 01-Jul-2023

    If you have never used a guide for museum tours before, you are missing out! With a guide, you will actually know what you are looking at and get a little side story or fun fact about the pieces/exhibits. They know how to make the best out of the time you have together so you see the most popular pieces through out the museum since it'd be impossible to see all of it in one day, let alone a couple of hours. Bonus: You have your own photographer so you don't have to take selfies during this time! It was my daughter's 13th birthday trip and I am so glad I took the chance on booking a tour through Viator. Our guide, Cherie, was knowledgable, friendly, and just the right amount of funny for us. It was definitely a small group tour (only 4 tourists at the Met and just us at the Natural History Museum) so we got lucky! After the Met, we had lunch together, and then she walked with us through Central Park to get to the Natural History Museum. We got to see so much in a short amount of time in both museums. The contact number for Babylon Tours is a real number and someone actually answers the call. I will definitely use this company again when we book tours in other cities.

  • 28-May-2023

    Our tour to the Met and Natural History Museum with Mark made our whole trip to NYC worthwhile! Not only is he knowledgable about all things regarding the Met and NHM, he is an expert on all things NY!! Our group had people from age 18 to 83 and Mark made sure to show us items of interest for everyone in our group. I can't say enough good things about Mark. By the end of the tour, we had become so fond of Mark, we invited him to join us to see a Broadway play later that evening! By the end of evening, we hated to say goodbye. We only wish we had met Mark the first day we had arrived!

  • 27-Apr-2023

    The MET is amazing but also overwhelming so we wanted a guide to help us make the most of our time. Charie was our very educated guide. She kept us on a great pace whilst showing us a lot of the MET. WE SAW SO MUCH IN 3 hours! We left there with an even great love for art! I highly recommend the MET tour! We also enjoyed the Natural History Museum tour, but, honestly would hav rather spent more time at the MET. The NSM is great if you want to see a lot of stuffed animals or bones. It is kid friendly. Our guide was once again fabulous!

  • 02-Jan-2023

    We recently spent the day with Mark at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. Mark was the perfect tour guide. His passion and knowledge made a positive and lasting impact on our group of 4 adults. He engaged the tour participants and we left with a further appreciation of the different types of art we saw. Highly recommend this tour, and especially Mark as a guide.

  • 11-Oct-2022

    When we decided to visit the Natural History Museum, we knew we wanted a guide to help us get more out of the experience and Mark did not disappoint! His enthusiastic and knowledgeable helped us to get the most out of all of the amazing exhibits! Highly recommend.

  • 09-Oct-2022

    AMAZING TOUR with Mark at the Met and Natural History Museum! He was so engaging and personable with each one of us ( we had 8 ) and encouraged us to really see what was behind all of the art we saw, just not the picture or object. His expertise and upbeat personality made this one of the best tours we have ever had. I truly believe our experience at these two museums wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t for Mark’s guidance and explanations. Thank you Mark! We will highly recommend Babylon tours and Mark to all our traveling friends !

  • 12-Sep-2022

    We had the absolute pleasure of enjoying a tour with Mark around the Met Gallery. I cannot recommend this tour and Mark highly enough. It was our first ever visit to The Met and I know we will always remember this special and unique experience. Mark did not just show us around he made the artists come alive to us. His enthusiasm and passion for Art is infectious. I was on this tour with my Mum and 2 teenage daughters and each one of us got so much from this tour. Mark also has lots of anecdotes and information around The Met Gala Ball (which my daughters loved to hear) and around the artisits and who they were. We simply loved it - this tour is a must if you plan to viist The Met. Thank you Mark for a very special visit

  • 31-Aug-2022

    Mark was an excellent tour guide. He engaged all 6 of us, answered all questions, and encouraged us not to just look, but to really see. Mark helped us to see. My 19-year-old granddaughter is an art student, and she often was able to answer Mark's questions. He reinforced her idea to learn and see. Mark has a great sense of humor and his knowledge coupled with his friendly spirit made the tour wonderful. Thank you, Mark.

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