Museum Hack: Un-Highlights Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Do you consider yourself a museum hater (or a museum lover)? This is the tour for you! See the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a whole new light with our highly interactive, subversive, fun, non-traditional museum tour!

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English
I was in NYC to celebrate my good friends birthday and she really wanted to spend some time at the Met, but we didn't have all day. Thanks to the great reviews on Trip Advisors we decided to book a Museum Hack tour. Best decision of the trip so far. We met up with Frank by the pharaoh and the fun began. Frank dodged the crowds like a native New Yorker, and soon had us standing in front of a beautiful painting by Lorenzo Lotto: Venus and Cupid. Normally I would have looked at this painting, thought "oh beautiful" and moved along. But Frank took the time to explain the subtext in a way that would make the recently departed Hugh Hefner proud. From there we zig zagged through galleries, viewed art and artifacts, played games, and were the envy of all the people on the boring tours. Finally, Frank claimed he was no expert, but I think I learned more about art, having fun, chasing your dream(even if it includes Lion's in Mexico) in two hours than I ever did in my art appreciation course in college. I can't wait to book a tour of our local museum!
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Reviewed by Sheri F. / Yelp

Highlights

  • Play fun, interactive games in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Engage with the art in unexpected ways
  • See the museum in a whole new way

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Description

Made for museum lovers and skeptics alike, our Un-Highlights tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will show you a side of the Met you’ve never seen before! Join our renegade tour guides on a high-energy, two-hour group tour through the museum’s hallowed halls with a “tasting menu” approach as you learn the crazy true stories behind a selection of art across the Met’s massive collection. This is not your grandma’s museum tour.

Important: Guests must be 16+ to attend this tour. Please book a private family experience with guests 15 and under.

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What’s included & not included

  • museum admission
  • interactive activities
  • a super fun high energy museum tour

Meeting point

Enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 82nd St and 5th Avenue. Upon entering the Great Hall, you'll meet your Museum Hack tour guide at the Egyptian Pharaoh statue near the Information Desk. Your guide will be holding a MUSEUM HACK sign. (1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA)

Reviews from travellers (3)

5.0/5

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Best decision of our trip
I was in NYC to celebrate my good friends birthday and she really wanted to spend some time at the Met, but we didn't have all day. Thanks to the great reviews on Trip Advisors we decided to book a Museum Hack tour. Best decision of the trip so far. We met up with Frank by the pharaoh and the fun began. Frank dodged the crowds like a native New Yorker, and soon had us standing in front of a beautiful painting by Lorenzo Lotto: Venus and Cupid. Normally I would have looked at this painting, thought "oh beautiful" and moved along. But Frank took the time to explain the subtext in a way that would make the recently departed Hugh Hefner proud. From there we zig zagged through galleries, viewed art and artifacts, played games, and were the envy of all the people on the boring tours. Finally, Frank claimed he was no expert, but I think I learned more about art, having fun, chasing your dream(even if it includes Lion's in Mexico) in two hours than I ever did in my art appreciation course in college. I can't wait to book a tour of our local museum!
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Awesome time!
My friend and I took our other friend out in NYC for the day for her birthday. One of the things we did was the museum hack at the MET. It was so much fun and we had the best tour guide...Frank! He made us laugh and kept the tour interesting and upbeat! Love, love, love Frank and will ask for him again the next time we do a hack. The birthday girl also had a wonderful time, which was the goal!
J
Scott was a fantastic guide! Fun and fascinating un-highlights tour!
My daughter and I decided to take this tour to learn things you might not find out on a traditional docent tour of the Met. I don’t want to give anything away but it did not disappoint! Great way to spend a couple of hours in the winter in NYC and see and learn things at the Met even native New Yorkers might not know about.

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Amazing Experience
I scheduled the Un-Highlights tour at the National Gallery of Art in Washington as a birthday gift for my wife (a PhD candidate in History). Neither one of us have more than a pedestrian knowledge of art or the art world. Simply put, this tour blew us both away.

Erich, our tour guide, texted us well ahead of the start time to arrange our meeting point. Once we met up, there were some quick introductions and ice breakers and the tour was on its way. Erich led us from gallery to gallery, stopping to discuss both the history behind the subjects of some of the paintings, as well as the story behind how some of the art came to be in possession of the gallery. The tour was interactive, with games and activities that were a total hoot.

The amount of knowledge Erich was able to drop was astounding and it was clear that he's an individual both with a passion for art and an intimate knowledge of the museum. The content was salacious, but always presented in a way that was respectful of both the art and the gallery. I would highly recommend the tour (and Erich as a guide). This will not be our last Museum Hack experience.
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Guaranteed to make you enjoy art in a new way!
A great way to cap off our week in DC! The Nat'l Gallery of Art is a dauntingly large place, with mostly European art. My teenager was not thrilled at the prospect of spending 2 hours there. But our tour guide Caroline was speedy and informative, and she kept everyone engaged... there literally was no time for eyes to glaze over or roll. We loved the re-creation activities, and the opportunity to nominate characters in artworks for various superlative awards (best legs, cutest couple, etc.). It helps too that I won a prize for my creative response. It was a terrific way to really enjoy the museum in a new way!
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Awesome
I cannot recommend this group enough! I took a date on the VIP tour of the Met and loved it. Anna and Kylie were so much fun, hilarious, and very knowledgeable. I simply cannot say enough positive things about the experience.
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