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Sun 8/14 - Shady Ladies of the Met Museum

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10028 United States (map)

Apologies, due to circumstances beyond our control, this tour is cancelled. Anyone who has purchased tickets will be refunded. We will be scheduling another gay tour at the Met in the very near future. Thanks for understanding

Led by our favorite queer guide, Professor Andrew Lear
Where:  Meet inside the main entrance, next to the Sphinx statue in the Grand Hall (to the right of the entrance near the coat check)
When: Meet and depart at 2pm
Cost: $45 full price*; $39 seniors*; $25 Met members and students

Early Bird Special: Use code EARLY and save $5 (Expires 8/7, not valid on prior sale or in combination with other offers


The art in the Metropolitan Museum is full of beautiful women—but only a few of them were respectable mothers and wives. Instead, the museum is packed with scandalous women: courtesans, mistresses, “professional beauties,” and so on. Come on our tour, and learn the backstories of these sexy and enterprising women who fascinated patrons and artists alike for centuries. Learn about the hetaeras of Classical Athens, the courtesans of Renaissance Venice, the mistresses of French and English kings, and the scandal of Sargent’s Mme. X! Come discover the racy and intriguing backstories behind the Met’s collection. It will change the way you see the Museum—and art itself—forever.

On this fun and informative 2-hour museum tour, we will learn about many things, including:

– the courtesan who modeled for ancient Greece’s first female nude statue
– the official royal mistresses of the French kings
– the ballerinas of the Paris opéra in the 19th century, and their “patrons”
– the lurid and frightening image of the femme fatale
a Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry
the American beauty whose portrait scandalized France in the 1880s.

*NOTE: "Full Price" and "Senior" price include cost of admission to the museum as well as the tour.  The $25 cost for Met members and students is for the tour only (please bring your member ID or student ID to gain entry to the museum). The tour is operated by Oscar Wilde Tours and is not officially an offering of the Met Musem. Price of admission does not include beverages. No refunds or exchanges.