Daytime Access

Thank you for visiting the Metropolitan Opera during the 2016–17 season. There is no Daytime Access from May 15 until September 26. Please visit us in the fall. 

During the opera season, certain 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 during the opera season, 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.