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SAVOR COURT SPLENDORS AND INTRIGUES ON A NEW MET TOUR

OUT PROFESSIONALS INVITES YOU TO SAVOR SPLENDORS OF THE FRENCH COURT ON PROFESSOR ANDREW LEAR’S NEW ‘LET THEM EAT CAKE’ TOUR OF THE MET.

From Marie Antoinette’s “peasant” costume to the declaration of the Rights of Man … from the guillotine and the Terror to the Napoleonic wars … there are few periods of history as turbulent and fascinating as the French Revolution.

Professor Andrew Lear takes Out Professionals behind the scenes of the Court of Louis XVI with “Let Them Eat Cake,” his scholarly and entertaining new tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This new Out Professionals tour surveys the Met’s superb array of artworks that together tell the full story of this thrilling period: Furniture that belonged to Marie Antoinette … the jewelry case of a royal mistress whose diamond necklace led to the Revolution … portraits of aristocrats who went to the guillotine … an often overlooked painting of Napoleon’s coronation.

On this fun and informative two-hour tour you take the measure of the French Revolution, a cataclysm that marked the beginning of the modern world: 

  • Discover just how splendid Versailles really was
  • Uncover the scandals of the French court
Meet a reformer who perished on the guillotine
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See the portrait of a monarchist who survived the prisons of the Terror
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Look into the eyes of a painter who, as a judge in the Terror’s courts, sent countless citizens to their deaths

Finally, we’ll answer the ultimate question about the Revolution: Did Marie-Antoinette really say “Let them eat cake”?

Professor Andrew Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU. Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history, and the winner of the Travel Industry’s 2016 Travvy Award for best escorted tour operator, LGBT; and of the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 award, LGBT Tour Operator of the Year.

WHAT’S UP
Limited to 20 persons, today’s tour departs promptly at 4 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours. Your Out Professionals ticket includes admission to the Met’s galleries, cafe and store until 9 p.m. “Let Them Eat Cake” is not an official Met offering.

WHERE
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Subway: Q/4/5 to 86th Street, 6 to 77th Street.  NOTE: Allow a minimum of 15 minutes to walk from the subway. Expect weekend crowds and MTA changes to subway service. Use the Met’s 81st Street entrance, south of the main Fifth Avenue entrance. (The 81st Street entrance accesses the Uris Center for Education.) Lines are shorter here. Look for the OP group near the Group Tour Desk. (Repeat ticket buyers, please note: The 81st Street entrance may be different from one used earlier.)

ADMISSION BY PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY
Nonmember, $55, museum entry included. Dues-paying OP Member, $45. Met Museum member or student, $45. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Prompt response advised: These private tours typically sell out in record time. Advance ticketing ends at noon on Friday, March 1. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Museum member or student: Your Met or student ID is required. Sorry, no walk-ins.

OUT PROFESSIONALS REWARDS YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT!
As a registered nonprofit, Out Professionals relies on the support of our loyal Individual and Business Members. Why not join them? Enjoy a 12-month Individual OP Membership PLUS one tour ticket — museum entry included —for just $95; final sale. Annual membership includes free entry to every month’s OP.LOUNGE and free or discounted admission at all other OP events.

Date: March 2
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, United States