Harry Potter fans, this Harry Potter themed tour is for you. Kids are often bored by art museums. But Philadelphia Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks discovered a magical way to make art come to life at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She explored the Met by hunting for wizarding wands, horcruxes, and magical creatures. The Metropolitan Museum’s art and statues come alive through a lively new Harry Potter themed tour.
Harry Potter Themed Tour of the Metropolitan Museum
I discovered a great way to spark kids’ interest in visiting the amazing art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The new Harry Potter themed tour of the Met breathes life into the statues, castles, magical creatures, and objects in the Museum’s vast collection.
Why a Harry Potter Themed Tour Helps Art Come Alive
If your kids are like mine, they’re not excited about visiting art museums. However, on a recent trip to New York, a 14-year old friend and I were both entranced by our tour of the Met. What was the difference? Simple. Instead of looking at objects in isolation, ETC Custom Events turned the visit into storytelling. ETC Custom Events magically transformed the experience by turning the Met into a Harry Potter themed tour.
The Harry Potter stories, with their heroic concepts rooted in ancient Greek myths, and their medieval castles and mythical creatures, provide a natural theme for exploring the Met. Usually, we approach art in a museum as individual objects. Instead, this Harry Potter themed tour lures visitors in by supplying a narrative hook. Our guide made the objects part of the world of Harry Potter. Like magic, the ancient and medieval objects came to life.
Logistics of the Harry Potter Themed Tour
First, our guide Evan met us at the entrance of the Metropolitan Museum. Then, in her capable hands, we searched for Harry Potter clues in the collection. We hunted for wands, golden goblets, magical creatures, and horcruxes. In Evan’s lively tour of the Museum, one room felt like the Hall of Prophecy. We experienced medieval rooms as if part of Hogwarts. Plus, we drew and played imaginative games as we explored.
Later, I literally gasped out loud when I came face-to-face with an ancient Roman statue that was the spitting image of Voldemort at his most diabolical. To be honest, for a moment the statue scared me! Although the tour was two hours, time flew by.
The Harry Potter themed tour is a good fit for all the Harry Potter fans in the family, from about age 6 to 60+. My 14-year old friend and I are both big Harry Potter fans. However, I was a little hazier than my travel companion on details like the symbol of the Order of the Phoenix. Therefore, I appreciated our guide Evan’s occasional reminders.
If You Go…
The Harry Potter themed tour is Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ETC Custom Events offers the tour on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, or by request. Book a tour by emailing ETC Custom Events. Public tours are $35 for adults; $25 for children. Private tours are $45 for adults; $35 for children. Feel free to come wearing wizarding robes. But be sure to leave wands behind. Wands make the Muggle guards nervous.
Other New York Tours Inspired by Books
ETC Custom Events offers other literary tours of New York. For example, they offer a tour of the Metropolitan Museum inspired by From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. That’s one of my favorite kids’ books. In addition, ETC Custom Events offers a Central Park tour focused on scenes from iconic kids’ books like Alice in Wonderland and Stuart Little. Similarly, they designed a fairy tale tour of Central Park that includes visits to a Hans Christian Anderson statue and a chance to eat dessert with a children’s book author.