3. Go on a New Year’s Eve Tour of the Metropolitan Museum

Tour guide Patrick Bringley points to architectural features of the Met in front of a group of tourgoers.

Add a little adventure to the holidays in NYC this year by trying something new! Join a former museum guard and author of the forthcoming memoir All The Beauty in the World Patrick Bringley for a New Year’s Eve tour of the Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On this expert-led tour, you’ll see the museum through the eyes of someone who spent an entire decade patrolling its treasure-filled halls.

Secrets of the Met Museum Tour

Tour guide Patrick Bringley points to a painting at the Met Museum

Some of the fascinating stops you’ll make include a visit to the very first item acquired by the museum in 1870, a once-stolen Greek statue, and the tooth of Mary Magdalen in a Renaissance reliquary. As you walk among priceless artifacts, Bringley will share behind-the-scenes stories of how the museum is run and what happens in the backstage areas where the public isn’t allowed.