The Art of the Gilded Age at the Met Museum with Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman

Explore furniture, decorative arts and paintings of the Gilded Age

Join Carl Raymond, host of The Gilded Gentleman history podcast, for this unique and wide-ranging look at art inside The Met Museum that was created during America’s famous Gilded Age. Carl will guide you through the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and weave together a story of the styles, the artists, the architects, the sculptors and the painters that gave the Gilded Age its look.  

This tour will combine masterpieces of the period with some of the biggest names together with lesser-known yet essential works by nearly forgotten artists. Artists discussed will include Louis Comfort Tiffany, John LaFarge, Augustus Saint-Gaudens Thomas Cole, Eastman Johnson, Mary Cassatt,  Frederick Remington, Winslow Homer, James McNeil Whistler, and Childe Hassam among others. 

You’ll come away with a clear understanding of how artists responded to one of the most important periods in American history and gave it its opulence and style. 

Upcoming dates: 
Saturday, July 27  at 10:30 am 
Sunday, August 18  at 10:30 am

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The Art of the Gilded Age at the Met Museum tour highlights: 

  • An in-depth discussion and understanding of the work and genius of Louis Comfort Tiffany
  • A chance to view furniture and decorative pieces that once belonged to the Vanderbilt family
  • Understand how paintings, decorative arts and furniture worked together by viewing the Period Rooms
  • A discussion of key women artists of the period including Mary Cassatt and Cecilia Beaux
  • In addition to understanding their subject matter, the tour will include a discussion of the techniques of artists such as John Singer Sargent.
  • The tour will cover the range of artistic movements during the 19th century including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and portraiture.

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Here’s what people are saying about tours with Carl Raymond:

“ Carl, our guide, was fantastic. He wasn’t working from a script; he’s an expert in his topics and his delivery was a combination of expertise, friendliness, personal experience, and humor. “
– Bowery Boys Walks guests on TripAdvisor

The Tour

The tour lasts 90 hours and takes place inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tour will meet at the member’s street-level entrance to the museum at 81st Street and Fifth Avenue


Walking Tour:
Regular Price: $90 (includes $28 admission to the museum)
Senior Price (65+): $80 (includes $20 admission to the museum)
Student Price: $70 (includes $12 admission to the museum)

Note about Met Members and NYC residents: The Met’s official policy is that anyone taking a tour with a guide has to pay the group price admission fee. There is no distinction between New York citizens, donors, members, etc. “Membership benefits and other passes are not valid for group admission.”

Also, because of the mandatory Met tickets, no promo or discount codes can be used for this special tour.

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Please contact us to set up a private tour!


90 minutes


This tour is best suited for ages 16+

Carl Raymond is host of The Gilded Gentleman History Podcast and a tour guide for Bowery Boys Walks.