“You should definitely read it before you go on the tour!”
– Several participants…who didn’t
Several clients were asked what they would say to you, before you join a tour, and that was it. So please, take the time and run through the page below, it can literally save you 20-30 minutes, clear up a lot of confusion, and make your museum experience run smoother.
- Coat Check and Entry “Hack”
- Strollers and Wheelchairs
- Payment, Admission
- Collapsible Stools and Wheelchairs
- Restrooms and Refreshments
- Camera and cellphone usage
- What Tours do you Give at the Met?
- Do you also do other museums?
- Digital Devices
Coat Check and Entry “Hack”
Ask for directions to the Great Hall. It’s a 5 minute walk if you are going very slowly.
Strollers and Wheelchairs
Strollers should enter form the 81st street entrance. From there is an elevator to the first floor, and you can ask for a gallery pass to get to your group. The same applies for a wheelchair. If you would like to arrange to get a wheelchair, please see the section “Collapsible Stools and Wheelchairs”, below.
Payment and Admission
- Age of Empires – statue of the Pharaoh (pictures above)
- Pesach Egypt Tour – statue of the Pharaoh
- Chanukah, Hellenism and the Jews – statue of Athena (right across the Pharaoh)
Collapsible Stools and Wheelchairs
Unlike the painting galleries, in which artwork is displayed on the wall, some tours are in archaeological galleries which take up considerable floor space. It all depends on the gallery. However, this often results in very little place for benches, and there is little room for sitting in most galleries.
But don’t worry, we have a solution!
Collapsible stools, as well as wheelchairs, are available to clients with special accessibility requirements. However, these needs to be picked up on the ground floor, which is very much out of the way, and would take up considerable time.
If you would like a collapsible stool, or need a wheelchair arrangement, please contact me in advance to let me make the proper arrangements. Wheelchairs, in general, enter on the street level entrance, AKA 81st Street entrance. From there, there is an elevator to the first floor, and if you are part of a group, you may request a special pass so you can get to the group without paying admission.
Restrooms and Refreshments
What Tours do you Give at the Met?
As of now, I have launched five different tours at the Met. More are in the making, and can be commissioned based on request.
All tours are available on private request. Periodic tours are offered to the public, for example, the Greek tour will be around Chanukah, Age of Empires – in the summer, Egypt tour – guess when?
- Tanach Highlights – General overview of the Biblical period, exploring a range of topics and galleries. Suggested for families with kids.
- Age of Empires
- Hellenism, Chanukah and the Jews
- Pesach Prep: Egypt Tour
- Avoda Zara Tour – commissioned by Mechon Hadar (now: Hadar Institute), this tour was developed for students learning the third chapter of tractate Avoda Zara. And it’s now on the menu. Thank you, Rabbi Jason!
Do you also do other Museums?
Yes! As much as possible! Wherever there’s a museum with archaeology, I’m looking for a way to bring it to life. I am limited to space, time and resources (has anyone found a way around those?), but am always looking for more way to engage with more museums.
As of today, I have visited and given private tours in the following museums. However, there is a huge list of museums ahead of me, in the US and in Europe, which I intend to gradually cover, BE”H.
- New York: The Brooklyn Museum.
- New Jersey: Newark Museum
- Philadelphia, PA: The Penn Museum.
- Atlanta, GA: Carlos Museum, at Emory.
- Maryland: The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), Museum of the Bible (Washington, DC)
- Boston, MA: Boston Fine Arts Museum (Tanach Highlights), Harvard Semitic Museum.
- Toronto, ON: Royal Ontario Museum
Speaking on the phone in the galleries is disturbing and distracting, and during a paid tour, is considered rude.