I bumped into a family friend and found out she gives private tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Of course, I had to jump at the chance and booked a one-hour tour with her.
Know anyone who knows exactly where they are in the Met Museum while walking though each room of a gallery? Well, Jennie Kim does and it's quite impressive. I don't, and I've been going to the Met for as long as I can remember. But then again, I'm not an expert like Jennie who has a Ph.D in Art History. So yeah, you can say she knows a thing or two about art and museums.
My friend Alia and I met up with Jennie near the information desk by the main entrance.
The floral arrangements in the Great Hall are stunning!
Here's Jennie answering a question from Alia. Best part of a private tour, you can ask as many questions without feeling like you're taking over a tour group's time. Our tour covered the Renaissance and Baroque, and Greek and Roman collections.
Starting on the second floor, we weaved through the rooms where certain paintings were pointed out and explained. At one point, we sat down in front of the Caravaggio paintings and were entertained with a little history and back story on Caravaggio's life and work. (Interesting tidbit: There's question by some art historians as to whether The Lute Player is really a Caravaggio.)
Walking though, we passed an artist recreating a painting.
From the second floor European paintings section, we headed back down the staircase and made our way to the Greek and Roman Art galleries.
The Roman Sculpture Court was built to mimic a lavish Roman courtyard complete with a water fountain in the center.
This sculpture in the Greek and Roman Art gallery blew my mind a bit. Jennie pointed out his teeth, which you can't see unless you're at a certain angle and know to look for them. Something I never would have noticed on my own.
In one hour, we covered A LOT since we there were just the two of us on the tour. We moved at an easy pace and Jennie customized the tour as we were walking through the museum. If something caught our eye, we would walk over and Jennie would give us some information on the work. I loved the experience of having a personal tour guide with me at the Met.
Tours can be customized to suit any interest and sample tours of the Met include:
- Greek and Roman
- Renaissance and Baroque
- Nineteenth Century
INFO: Jennie Kim | Art Education and Advisory | email@example.com
PRIVATE TOUR: Customized tours starting at $100/hr