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No reservations are required for public tours.

To schedule a private tour, please register at least six weeks in advance of the desired tour date using the tour registration form.

If you have changes to a confirmed tour, please follow the process outlined in your original tour confirmation letter.

Tour Types and Fees

All tours last 45 minutes, are led by experienced museum guides, and encourage an informal exchange of ideas.

Public Tours

  • Open to the general public
  • Two tours every day
    • Weekdays: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
  • Free with admission
  • No reservation required
  • First come, first served
  • Maximum of 25 participants†
  • If you would like to learn more, please call our Visitor Experience line, 212.849.2950

† Groups exceeding 10 participants are encouraged to book a separate Group Tour.

Self-guided tours/group admission

  • Reservations are required at least 4 weeks in advance of the desired visit date – please complete the tour registration form
  • Minimum of 10, maximum of 35 participants
  • For groups larger than 35, please make separate reservations with staggered arrival times
  • Outside lecturers are not permitted

Guided Tours

  • Reservations are required at least 4 weeks in advance of the desired visit date – please complete the tour registration form
  • $150 tour fee in addition to admission
  • Minimum of 10†, maximum of 25 participants
  • For groups larger than 25, please make separate reservations with staggered arrival times

† If your group has special needs that require a smaller group size, please let us know at or 212.849.8351.


Tours FAQ

How far in advance do I have to register?

To help us accommodate you as best we can, please register at least 4 weeks prior to your desired visit date using the online tour registration form.

What information do I need to have when registering?

Group contact information, desired tour type, desired dates and times, and number of visitors.

When is payment due?

A deposit is due in order to reserve your reservation. The balance is due at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled visit date. Please read the group policies for more details.

Where do I check in?

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled start time. Please enter the museum through the 91st Street entrance (between 5th and Madison Avenues). The group may gather in an area away from the Admissions Desk while the Group Leader picks up your tickets and pens from the Admissions Desk.

What if we’re late?

For guided tours, if your group is late, your program will be shortened accordingly and will finish at the originally designated end time. Groups that arrive more than 30 minutes late cannot be accommodated.

What if I need to cancel my tour?

All cancellations must be received in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled visit. To cancel your reservation, please email If cancellation is not made at least two weeks in advance, you will forfeit your deposit.

Where can a bus/van park?

Buses/vans may drop off and pick up groups outside the main museum entrance (2 E. 91st Street). While waiting, buses can remain on 5th Avenue or seek alternative locations.

What if my group requires special accommodations?

On your reservation request, please indicate special accommodations under “Additional Information.”

Can I lead my own tour in the galleries?

In-gallery lectures and tours given by outside guides are not permitted, unless the tour is led for a class by a College or University professor.

Do you conduct tours in other languages?

At this time, all tours are conducted in English.