See another side of the Met with Museum Hack

A new tour company hopes to give people a deeper—and more fun—understanding of the Met Museum.

There's no doubt that the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's greatest cultural institutions—but with millions of holdings and measuring more than 2 million square feet, it's also among the most daunting to tackle. (That goes for longtime New Yorkers and newbies alike—no shame in admitting it.) And while audio guides are helpful, they're not the most exciting way to learn about the pieces on view.

That's where Museum Hack comes in. The new tour company is the brainchild of Hack the Met founder Nick Gray and museum educator Mark Rosen, who lead two-hour excursions through the Met, sharing the quirky, bizarre stories behind different works of art. "We want people to leave feeling like the Met is that really cool person you met at a party and can’t wait to meet again," explains Rosen.

The tours aren't Met-sanctioned, so Gray and Rosen will tell you things that you wouldn't necessarily hear on an official museum tour, and groups are kept small (maximum of nine people). And though Rosen wouldn't give any specifics about what you can expect on the tour, he did offer this bit of helpful advice: "We’ve done our research and the best bathroom in the building is in near Gallery 207." Good to know.

If you're interested in checking out the tours, they happen Friday through Sunday at 10:15am (you can buy tickets through Zerve), beginning this Friday, August 2.

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