Metropolitan Opera House Tours

Backstage Tour of the Met Opera House at Lincoln Center

Peek behind the curtain of the Metropolitan Opera House and explore backstage areas that are not accessible to the general public.

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Tour Length

1.25 hours

Inside the auditorium of the Met Opera HouseMetropolitan Opera House exterior

The Metropolitan Opera has been an institution since 1883 when its home was on 39th Street and Broadway. In 1966 the Met Opera moved into its current Wallace Harrison designed theater at Lincoln Center. The Met Opera House is the largest repertory opera House in the world, surpassing the Sydney Opera house seating capacity by thousands of occupants. The lobby alone is a stunning space, and the massive theater is breathtaking, but all of the magic is created backstage. On this backstage Metropolitan Opera House tour, guests will see first hand how the opera’s extravagant productions come to life in the buzzing backstage areas like the scenic and carpentry shops, the wig shop and costume shop.

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  • Learn the history of the Metropolitan Opera in the iconic 4,000 seat auditorium.
  • Visit the scenic and carpentry shops.
  • See where opera singers get ready in rehearsal and dressing rooms.
  • Gain access to backstage areas of the theater not open to the general public.
  • Interesting and worthwhile Justin did an excellent job. Very enjoyable, engaging and enlightening. Brought the history to life and came with archival photos and quotes. Recommended for locals or visitors. Thank you Justin

  • The behind the scenes at the Met Opera was a standout of yours.

    Marcy D.
  • I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed today’s backstage tour of the Met. Our tour guide was so informative and nice, I believe his name was Michael, but I cant swear it. For me, it was an eye opening experience and I’m not even a huge opera fan, although I do attend and have seen the great perform. To be in the same dressing room as Placido Domingo was a thrill and was so glad to see the stage hands and set workers at their jobs. Please tell Michael his tour was much enjoyed…

    Lisa M.
  • Docent was very experienced and knowledgeable about the opera. I gained much info about The Met and staging and opera, including acoustics, logistics and the artistry involved. I'd strongly recommend this to anyone

    Sue S

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Know Before You Go

Where To Meet
Please meet at the South End of the Lobby, near Gallery Met, and check in with your name and state that you are with Untapped New York. The address is 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.

How To Get There
By subway: 1 to 66th St Lincoln Center; A, B, C, D to Lincoln Center

What To Bring/Wear
Backpacks, briefcases, shopping bags, luggage, and other packages are not permitted on the tour, though a small ladies handbag/wallet may be carried. Guests with large bags and packages may be turned away from the tour. Checkroom facilities are not available, so please plan accordingly.

Other Tour Information
Photography is not permitted while in the Metropolitan Opera House. Please note that as this is a working opera house, not all areas may be available on every tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will guide our tour?

Tours are led by docents of the Met Opera Guild.

Is there an age limit or recommendation?

Children under the age of 8 are not permitted on tours.

How strenuous is the tour? How much walking will we do?

The Backstage Tour includes considerable standing, walking, stairs, and elevators. We are able to accommodate individuals using wheelchairs or having other mobility challenges if a request is made at least 1 week before the tour date

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