Meet the Metropolitan Museum with Walks of New York #takewalks

Jackson Pollock at The Met

Jackson Pollock at The Met

Prepare yourself for cultural time travel at it’s very best. Meet the Met: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an expertly guided and informative tour through the enormous spaces of the New York City Metropolitan Museum. If you’re visiting New York  April 1-7th, 2014, you can take the newly launched Walks of New York for a special introductory rate of $5 per tour! All earnings are being donated to the American Heart Association in honor of National Walking Day on April 2nd.

About the tour: Huge museums like New York City’s Met can make us feel a little bit lost and apprehensive. With over two million works spanning 5000 years of culture, we had no idea where to begin, but didn’t want to miss any part of the incredible flow of history around us. Where to start? What should we not miss seeing? This is where Walks of New York comes in. As New York City’s most visited attraction, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)  is a must-see while visiting the city. Having a knowledgeable guide to point out the highlights makes excellent use of your time in NY.

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Tour writer Jeff Dobbins set up the day and off we went! From the moment we met Jason Spiehler, co-founder of Walks of New York and our guide for the day, we knew we were in good hands. We began at the beginning, with a short narrative of how the museum came into being. Then we strapped in for a transport back in time to 4300 BC. Time flew by as we learned of ancient tombs, art of imperial Rome and 6th century Greeks, and drooled over pre-Colombian gold pieces.

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We moved at a good pace to cover the massive museum, but the narrative was so engaging, we felt quite comfortable with the speed. One of our favorite areas visited was that of the history of painted artwork. Our passionate tour guide Jason provided comprehensive and sometimes intimate details of the paintings from Jackson Pollock to John Singer Sargent bringing them to life for us. The Masters were covered in depth as well. From Monet to Van Gogh to the Italian Renaissance, we learned snippets of interesting facts that made the tour seem more of a cocktail party conversation than a lecture.

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Our tour of “Meet the Met” was compted by Walks of New York as they were preparing to present the tours to the public, but from April 1-7, 2014 special preview prices are available for this tour as well as Highlights of New York Tour, Lower East Side Stories: Traditional New York Culture and Food, and B&H New York Photography Tour for only $5!

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Walks of New York is a brand extension of Walks of Italy, the well-known European tour experience that helps travelers avoid long lines and gain special access to popular sites. Walks of New York provides the same high-quality, small group insider tours that have won Walks of Italy praise from Fodor’s, The Daily Telegraph, AFAR Magazine and USA Today. Walks of Italy are our “go-to” tour guides when visiting the charming cities of Italy. We’ve enjoyed several of their tours in Florence including David After Hours – VIP Access, Florence Food Tour and the Uffizi Museum Tour – all brilliantly guided and so much fun.

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After leaving the tour, we both commented that this visit to The Met was one of the highlights of our trip to NYC. Fun, informative, and a great way to get an up-close and personal look at such an amazing city. Thank you Walks of New York and best of luck as you launch your tours to the public next month. We can’t wait to come back for another visit!

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Lisa Chavis

Lisa is a traveler, photographer and pharmacist. She and her partner Cheryl MacDonald enjoy sharing inspiration and good health with fellow travelers!

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