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Early Morning at the Met

We all love the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And when we say “all”, we’re referring to the fact that the galleries are brimming over with hordes of tourists and native New Yorkers all day long.

So what if we were to tell you that you can make like a VIP and enjoy the museum (almost) all to yourself before it opens to the public for the day? A guide will lead you and others willing to fork over $175 through an intimate view of 5,000 years of human history in between its walls. Yeah, it’s not cheap, but the museum limits the number of people for each tour to 25, so it truly makes you feel like a VIP.

For an hour and a half, you can snap photos of Klimt and Picasso nudes or antique Japanese armor without jostling with your fellow art lovers for a clear view. Or check out the elegant Chippendale furniture and African-American photography from the 40s and 50s without a throng of strangers beside you.

After the tour, you can hob nob with the regular folks, as your ticket will include all-day admission.

These exclusive tours will be available through September. Click here for tickets!

Image via Regan Vercruysse/Flickr