FAQ

  • Maps
  • Meeting and payment
  • ParkingFeedback
  • Collapsible Stools and Wheelchairs
  • Restrooms and Refreshments
  • Camera and cellphone usage
  • Handouts
  • Digital Devices
  • Children
  • Feedback
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Maps

For your convenience, here is a link to an interactive map of the Met. You can choose which floor you are viewing on the side panel, and by clicking on each gallery, you will get basic information about it.
Groups will meet in the Great Hall, right up the stairs from 5th Avenue, AKA 85th Street Entrance:
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Meeting and Payment
Meeting time is 15 minutes prior to start time. e.g. if tour is called for 1:30, please be at the meeting place at 1:15. This will ensure that we can handle admission and payment and also start on time.
Meeting is near one of the large statues in the great hall, depending on the theme of the tour.
Please be on time. Text me if you are going to be late. If the participant does not show up within 10 minutes of the start time, we will start regardless.
Please be considerate of people’s time, and let me know if you are running late.
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On Public Tours, museum admission is compulsory, and is included in the cost of the tour. Payments are made out to Torah Intermedia, and can be paid via cash, check, PayPal or Venmo, at this time.
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Parking

The Met has parking, and there is free or meter street parking within the near blocks on the Upper East Side.
Parking meters in many areas in NYC are free on weekends. You can park a few blocks away from the Met, please give yourself ample time to find a spot and to walk over.
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Collapsible Stools and Wheelchairs

Unlike the painting galleries, in which artwork is displayed on the wall, our tours are in the archaeological galleries which take up considerable floor space. This 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

Restrooms:

The average length of a public tour is 90-120 min. On a family tour, there is an official bathroom and snack break in the middle. During public tours, there may be a break in the middle.
Snacks
Restrooms are available in the museum on every floor, but not necessarily too close to the galleries we are exploring.
There are bathrooms on the ground floor entrance on 81st St, and in the EgyptianGalleries on the main floor. On the Second floor, there are bathrooms in the Chinese Galleries across the balcony from the Ancient Near Eastern Galleries, as well as in the European Painting section. Both options are out of the way, if we are on the second floor.

Refreshments:

Water fountains are to be found near most of the public bathrooms, but not all. Please bring a water bottle, and a simple bag/satchel to help you have free hands while carrying it.
I repeat. Please bring water! You a tour nearing two hours will make you thirsty, and you will stay refreshed and will not miss out if you do not leave on an adventure to find the nearest fountain.
One kosher complementary snack may be offered, either pareve or OU D (not cholov yisrael), but please do not bank on it. Bring a small packaged snack bar, and we will break if necessary for eating outside the galleries.
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Handouts

On Public tours, I typically hand out two items: a timeline and a source sheet.
There are complementary, and the timeline is copyrighted and for personal use only. You do not need to bring anything, you will get your own copy of both when you arrive.
I usually have pencils available, and for school groups, I bring clipboards as well as activity sheets.
Seeing the source sheet in advance may help you prepare. Here is a link to the source sheet for the Age of Empires tour, both in Hebrew, and bilingual as well as the Boston MFA Tanach Highlights Tour.
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Digital Devices

Take pictures!
Take lots of pictures!
No flash!
Videos – the museum does not allow in the gallery.
Social media posts on facebook and instagram are encouraged. Please tag Torah Intermedia on FB, or Nachliel_selavan on IG. Either way, please include one of the relevant hashtags (some tours are not in the Met): #torahintermedia #tanachinTheMet #TanachintheCity #TanachintheMuseum.
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Ettiquette

Speaking on the phone in the galleries is disturbing and distracting, and during a paid tour, is considered rude.
Our society is becoming increasingly accepting of usage of personal devices for personal conversations in public areas.
A phone that goes off during a tour tour in a museum and in close quarters is distracting and invasive.
I ask that your double check that your phones are on silent mode the entire time, and that you refrain from taking calls. This time is an investment of time and money on your part, and we would all like it to be put to the best use.
If you feel you must answer a call, please step out of the galleries so as not to disrupt the ongoing tour.
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Children:

While I do offer family tours, Public Tours are geared towards adults.
Children over the age of 12 are welcome to join, and I do have a range of activities which will keep them engaged and involved in a way that will intVisit pageegrate them into the adult learning experience. Please notify me in advance so I know how many sets to bring.
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Feedback:

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