A view of the Met Opera stage from the Family Circle section

Daytime Access

Thank you for visiting the Metropolitan Opera during the 2018-19 season.

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 Noon to 4 PM. Visitors to the Met can walk up the famous grand staircase, admire the iconic crystal chandeliers, or visit our 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.

Please note that because of final dress rehearsals or other scheduled events, there will be no public access to the lobby on the following days:

  • Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • Monday, May 6, 2019

Daytime Access in not available from May 13 through September 23, 2019.

Information on Daytime Access for the 2019-20 opera season will be available in early September.