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How to Get Tickets to the Met Museum

Met Museum Tickets

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, also known as The Met, is one of the most renowned, fine art museums on Earth. Spanning more than 5,000 years, the collection at The Met contains more than 2 million artifacts and artworks that are curated through 17 different departments. People travel from all over the globe to New York City just to get Met Museum tickets and visit this famous attraction.

Some of the collections featured at The Met include Egyptian art, Greek and Roman art, modern and contemporary art, the Thomas J. Watson Library, The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing and more.

The Met also hosts special exhibitions that are temporary and curated from special collections, although some of these exhibitions are ongoing, such as Art of Native America and Crossroads.

Visitors should check out The Met Exhibition's online schedule to plan their visit.

You will want to make sure you are in the know on how to score the best Met tickets and what to expect when visiting this amazing museum before you go. Follow our Metropolitan Museum of Art ticket guide to make planning your visit to The Met easy.

The Met Ticket Prices

Visitors from New York state, as well as students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut pay what they can to enter The Met if they have a valid ID. For all other visitors, here is what the prices are.

General Admission

  • Adults: $25.
  • Seniors: $17.
  • Students: $12.
  • Kids under 12: Free.
  • Members: Free.
  • Patrons: Free.
  • Caregivers for visitors with disabilities: Free.

Met tickets are based on timed entry and should be reserved as far in advance as possible to avoid long times at the admission gate.

Tickets to The Met are good for both campuses – The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters.

Capacity to the museum is limited, so adherence to the timed entry policy is appreciated, even for members and patrons who are not normally required to make reservations.

Becoming a Met Member

If you visit The Met more than four times per year, you should consider signing up for the Met Membership.

There are multiple levels of membership, but the basic allows unlimited free entry to the museums for you and a guest, as well as your children who are under 18 years old. You will also get behind-the-scenes access during the day to new exhibits, discounts in the stores, restaurants and all public venues for both museum campuses.

Upgrades to membership include evening hours, multiple guests, magazine subscription, online access to the collections, family memberships that include workshops, private tours, members-only events and more.

Memberships start at just $110 per year and can save a lot of money for guests who visit the museum regularly.

Visiting the Met Fifth Avenue

The Met Fifth Avenue is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, at 82nd Street, New York.
The museum is closed every Wednesday but is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with extended hours on Friday and Saturday evenings until 9:00 p.m.

The Fifth Avenue location is also closed annually for the Met Gala, on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and every first Monday in May.
Special exhibits at The Met may require timed entry for members and visitors alike. Making reservations online is the easiest and best way to guarantee your arrival time.

Visitors who need wheelchair-accessible entrances can find those at the Fifth Avenue and 81st Street entrance where there are also wheelchairs to borrow at the coat check desk. Accessible entrances can also be found through the parking garage at Fifth and 80th.

Visiting the Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art that opened in 1938 and has been dedicated to art and architecture from medieval Europe.

The 4-acre campus overlooks the Hudson river in northern Manhattan and elements from several European sites were used in the building’s construction design.
The collection features more than 2,000 paintings, sculptures, tapestries and stained glass from the 12th to 15th centuries.

The Met Cloisters is located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York. The museum is open Thursday through Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to Wednesdays, The Met Cloisters is also closed annually for the Met Gala, on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and every first Monday in May.

Visiting The Met is something that should be on everyone’s New York City bucket list of things to see when visiting the Big Apple. Make sure to leave yourself enough time to visit both locations and soak in all the amazing artwork.