For the first time, certain public areas of the Metropolitan Opera House are open to the public, free of charge, on weekday mornings from 10 am to 2 pm, and on Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visitors to the Met can walk up the famous grand staircase, admire the iconic crystal chandeliers, or visit our special 50th anniversary exhibitions downstairs. Photography is permitted in all public areas of the house, so it’s a great way for tourists or locals to capture a classic New York shot. A large television screen will give visitors a live look at what’s happening on the Met stage, where rehearsals take place every morning for the more than 200 opera performances the company presents each season. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Visitors can also take in a free exhibition on the lower level of the lobby, celebrating the Met’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center. Items on view include photos of the construction of the opera house, rare rehearsal and performance footage from the 1966 opening, and images from the 1966–67 season’s nine new productions.
On Sundays, visitors can have brunch at the Grand Tier Restaurant, which is open from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. For information visit Dining at the Met.
Please note that because of final dress rehearsals and other events there will be no public access to the lobby on the following days:
October 14, 25, 27, 28
November 1, 4, 10, 24, 28
December 2, 9, 16, 28, 29, 30
January 6, 16, 30
February 2, 7, 13, 21
March 3, 13, 17, 19*, 27
April 10, 13, 21, 28
On May 7, public access to the lobby is limited to 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and there will be no Grand Tier brunch.
*The public access is closed, but Grand Tier brunch will be served.