Get ready: We’re redefining the way you explore museums. Our museum tours are immersive, experiential, interactive, and a whole lot of fun. We’re inspired by iconic stories, and we use activities, games, handouts, takeaways, and more cool stuff to get audiences engaged. The tours are for adults, families, kids, and everyone in between. Because that’s how you museum.
“Staged: The Interactive Museum Tour for People who Love Theater”
This tour looks at the development of theater through the lens of artwork in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from early Greek statues of actors to depictions of stories that inspired Broadway musicals. Interspersed with activities and questions about theater, the tour takes participants across the museum and across cultures to see the ways artists have worked the theme of theater into their creations for thousands of years.
Participants should bring their T (theater) game, and maybe even be prepared do a little acting, because, after all, all the world’s a stage. Sundays at 11:00 AM
“Crown & Prophet: An Epic Fantasy Adventure in the Metropolitan Museum of Art”
Get your fellowship together for this epic adventure in the Metropolitan Museum! Inspired by well-known epic fantasies, “Crown and Prophet” will take you on an interactive adventure, using the museum’s collection. You’ll discover works of art from collections including Medieval, Arms and Armor, and Ancient Near East that will remind you of places and spaces from your favorite classic fantasy stories, as well as those that highlight the origins and influences on those tales. So, grab your scabbard, hitch up your hilt, and cover up in that cloak: you’re about to embark on an adventure that offers a completely new way of exploring the Metropolitan Museum. This tour is offered the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 11:00 AM.
From the spooky to the scary, the macabre to the mysterious, the ghostly to the ghoulish, “Ghost Stories” will take visitors on an interactive tour of all things frightful in the Metropolitan Museum. Participants will travel across cultures and across time to see Flying Dutchmen and funerary masks, still lifes and sculpture. We’ll look at Egyptian, American, and European works of art, to name a few, plus discuss stories about ghostly happenings in the museum itself. All the while, we’ll look at how different cultures depict the fearsome and the gruesome, in pursuit of what scares us…and why. Every other Friday evening at 6:00 PM starting February 11, 2022.
Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Magical Arts tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Join us for “Griffins, Goblets, and Gold,” an interactive ‘magical arts’ tour in the Metropolitan Museum. See spaces and places that might remind you of those in a wizard’s school or village, from part of an actual castle to mythical creatures. You’ll participate in activities, explore the museum from a wizard’s perspective… and maybe even do a little magic. (Appropriate interactive wizard’s gear is encouraged.) Advance reservations required; all ticket sales are final. Please allow approximately two hours for your magical arts adventure.
These tours are in no way endorsed by or affiliated with J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury Publishing, Arthur Levine Books, Scholastic, Little, Brown, Pottermore or Warner Bros. Please note: There are no objects or replicas of objects from the movies in the Metropolitan Museum.
Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Saturdays: 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM / Sundays: 11:00 AM
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11:00 AM
Private tours: By request
Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: Junior Version
We’re now offering a streamlined version of our popular interactive magical arts tour; it’s perfect for introducing kids 5-7 to the museum through games, activities and cool wizard stuff, all in an hour. (And if you’re on your lunch hour or have a short attention span, you’re welcome as well.) By request.
Adventurers & Angels: A children’s book-themed tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Numerous iconic kids’ books take place in and around the Metropolitan Museum. Join us for an interactive tour inspired by some of those books, including Harriet the Spy and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. We’ll use games and activities to explore the museum and parts of the surrounding neighborhood, and learn about a real-life mystery involving an angel statue that’s every bit as amazing as the one in The Mixed-Up Files. Please meet at 972 Fifth Avenue. By request. Advance reservations required. All ticket sales final. Please allow approximately two hours for the tour.
This tour is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Atheneum books, Simon & Schuster, or the estate of E.L. Konigsburg.
Interactive Museum Scavenger Hunts are available virtually or in person:
Here Be Dragons
Guess what? We’re launching something new. We’ve redefined the scavenger hunt to make it more scavenger-y, more interactive, and just more..fun. Join us as we celebrate mythical creatures with “Here Be Dragons” our new two-part, activity-laden scavenger hunt. Part one is in the American Museum of Natural History; part two is in the Met.
Drawing from the menageries of creatures in myths and well-known fantasy books, the hunt will allow participants to explore galleries throughout the museum as they answer questions, solve clues, engage in creative activities, and track down the origins of some of the creatures in well-loved myths and tales. Grab your unicorns and join us! Advance registration required. Please allow approximately two hours for your museum adventure.
Mythical Menagerie: A Mythical Creatures Hunt in the Met
Krakkens and dragons, griffins and chimeras: Incredible mythical creatures have been part of tales from around the world for thousands of years. In this hunt, you’ll scour the Metropolitan Museum to seek out these creatures from across the globe. But beware! Creatures lurk in corners, riddles must be solved, drawings must be drawn. Are you up to the task? Ages 5 and up
Quest Control: A Demigod Search in the Metropolitan Museum
Inspired by classic and contemporary Greek and Roman heroes and demigods, this interactive tour will take participants on an adventure in the Metropolitan Museum that includes quests, activities, coin throwing, …and of course, some obstacles. (The Greek and Roman gods love obstacles.)
Tours currently available by request. All ticket sales are final. Please allow approximately two hours for your museum quest.
After Ever After: A Fairy Tale Adventure in the Metropolitan Museum
Have you ever wondered what happened…after? This interactive tour takes participants on an adventure to solve a fairy tale-themed mystery in the Met. Using clues, spells, some twists and turns, and maybe even some magic words, tourgoers become part of the story and travel across the museum as they find out what happens after the original tales end.
By request. All ticket sales are final. Please allow approximately two hours for your tour.
Want to come along and help us test them out? Email us!
All ticket prices include museum admission, the tour, and all handouts and materials. Half your ticket price of a tour at the Met or the Museum of Natural History goes directly to the museum to support its programs and activities.
Talespin: Plot-the-plot adventures
Other tours tell other people’s stories. These tours tell yours, because you’re in control. Each decision you make influences the outcome of the tour in this completely new way to explore museums. Advance reservations required.
Present Tense (i.e., tense about giving presents?) No more! Choose a Fable & Lark GiftTag!
A GiftTag works like a gift certificate–choose any of our offerings to give to someone, and we’ll send the recipient an adorable GiftTag with all the details. (You can also send them the GiftTag and let them choose the program themselves.) Present perfect!