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    "Nasty Women" of the Metropolitan Museum

    Throughout history, there have been "nasty women"-- feisty path-breakers who make themselves heard. And the Met's walls are full of them-- find out on the "Nasty Women" tour! On this fun and informative two-hour tour, you will meet the women who shattered the glass ceilings of their day—as artists who broke with convention, scientists who toppled stereotypes, and political figures who poisoned, slept and protested their way to power. This tour spans more than three thousand years, from ancient Egypt to modern America. Come learn about the rich history of women who refused to put up and shut up—and changed the world instead.
    "Nasty Women" of the Metropolitan Museum

    1000 5th Ave, New York

    • Learn about the women who changed history and the world with their headstrong and passionate personalities
    • Explore the fascinating stories of famous female painters, suffragettes, pharaohs and empresses
    • Enjoy this unique tour while surrounding yourself with iconic works of art.
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    Fashion & Beauty Tour of the Metropolitan Museum

    How Do We Present Ourselves To The World? If you’ve never thought much about that question, you certainly will after this tour. That’s because you’ll learn about some of the most fascinating, bizarre and painful things people have done throughout history to look impressive, alluring and downright stunning. This tour is about everything glamorous. From the grand hairdos of Imperial Rome to the outrageous wigs of the court at Versailles; from gold ear spools in pre-Columbian America to neck rings in Africa and Southeast Asia; and from three hundred years of torturous corsets to three thousand years of gorgeous cosmetics, the history of fashion is on dazzling display at the Met. You’ll look at fashion from head to toe, as well as inside out. (Just what did Victorian women wear underneath those giant hoops?) And you’ll have a chance look at men, too—with their powdered wigs, white makeup, foppish ruffs and of course those ridiculous codpieces. Why did French courtiers wear foot-high wigs in the 17th century? Were beauty spots really used to cover up syphilis? And how did bicycles affect the way women dressed in the closing years of the 19th century? On this fun and informative tour you’ll find out the answers to these and many more fascinating questions about fashion and beauty. Above all, we’ll come to see that fashion is one of art’s biggest topics—not only for what it tells us about changing standards of beauty, but also for what it reveals about the astonishing lengths to which people will go to attain it. So come enjoy the beauty of the Met’s stylish sitters—and learn how the obsession with beauty is as old as civilization itself.
    Fashion & Beauty Tour of the Metropolitan Museum

    1000 5th Ave, New York

    • Go beneath the surface to get to the real story: the political, social, and even medical currents that shaped fashion and how it changed.
    • Join a knowledgeable tour guide and absorb the stories and history of fashion throughout art and time.
    • Explore the Metropolitan Museum like you never have before.
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    Shady Ladies of the Metropolitan

    The ladies of the Met are beautiful and renowned. And in a few cases, maybe a "bit" scandalous! During this 2-hour tour, you'll look upon some of the most evocative women ever depicted in art, in mediums that range from Greek sculpture to stirring portraiture. Captured in these pieces are women renowned for their intelligence, power, and sex appeal, but whose more "shady" inclinations are often overlooked. You'll tour the Met with a knowledgeable guide, enjoying anecdotes designed to illuminate these women in a new light. Subjects range from powerful women such as Mme. de Pompadour, to lesser known subjects, like Degas' ballerina. Sign up today for two hours of informative and thought-provoking fun.
    Shady Ladies of the Metropolitan

    1000 5th Ave, New York

    • Explore the Met with a knowledgeable guide during a storytelling tour about "shady"women
    • Learn about the the lives, loves, and histories of some of the most notorious women in art
    • View works from a range of periods and artists
    • Expand your knowledge of art during a creative touring experience
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    Gay Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum

    If someone mentions the Metropolitan Museum and you don't instantly think "homoeroticism," then you've clearly never been on this fascinating, informative tour. Discover the queer treasures on display throughout the Met, from erotic Ancient Greek vases to Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein, plus many lesser-known artists and works that few people tend to notice. In the meantime, learn about the expression of homosexuality in other cultures, like New Guinean sex initiation rites, represented in the Met's Oceania collection. So whether the works are by LGBT artists, portraying LGBT people, or just showing some same-sex desire, the Met has them all- and they're all just waiting for you to find them.
    Gay Secrets of the Metropolitan Museum

    1000 5th Ave, New York

    • Discover some of the Met's most prominent representations of homosexuality
    • Examine a great variety of homoerotic works, from Ancient Greece through the 20th century
    • Learn about the greats, like Michelangelo's Cupid, as well as lesser-known artists and works that are often ignored
    • Never look at the Metropolitan Museum in the same way again
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    Greenwich Village Gay History Walking Tour

    In 1969, the Stonewall Riots gave the gay liberation movement an enormous breakthrough- but the West Village's LGBT history goes way before that, back to the days of Walt Whitman hanging out in a Village beer cellar. On this tour, discover the iconic LGBT figures who lived, loved, and worked in the Village, from Billie Holiday to Allen Ginsberg, from James Baldwin to Edna St. Vincent Millay. You'll also learn of all the countercultural and artistic movements the Village has been home to, including the Bohemians, Abstract Expressionists, the gay liberation movement (of course), and many more. Whatever your orientation, as you listen to Professor Lear's fascinating anecdotes, plus literary excerpts from the Village's many famous writers, you'll just feel the LGBT history coming to life.
    Greenwich Village Gay History Walking Tour

    53 Christopher St, New York

    • Explore the West Village, and learn about its LGBT history, stretching back to the nineteenth century
    • See where some of the LGBT greats, including Allen Ginsberg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Andy Warhol, lived and loved
    • Visit the sites of the drag shows and gay bars which have graced the village for 150 years
    • Venture into the heart of the taking-off point of the gay liberation movement
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    Sexy Secrets of the Metropolitan

    Great art should stimulate. And nothing's quite so stimulating as naked people. During this provocative Met tour, you'll be introduced to the museum's bawdy side. Walk its hallowed halls with a local guide in search of racy sculpture and portraiture designed to titillate -- along the way you'll learn a lot about the history of human sexuality. Subjects include the courtesan who served as the model for Praxiteles' nude Venus, the boyfriend (deified after he committed suicide) of a famous Roman Emperor, the mistress of a French king, and one of the great castrato singers of Renaissance Rome. Better bring a fan for this one. You might need some cooling off.
    Sexy Secrets of the Metropolitan

    1000 5th Ave, New York

    • Explore the Met's sexy side alongside a knowledgeable guide during a storytelling tour
    • Learn about the the loves and tragic circumstances of some of the most famous figures in art
    • View works from a range of periods and artists
    • Expand your knowledge of art during a creative touring experience
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