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This post provides information on how to take a tour of Lincoln Center, what you can expect to see, how much the tours cost, how to get discounts on tickets or even take a tour for free. Lincoln Center is home to the renowned Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, Chamber Music Society and more.
TIP: Lincoln Center Tours are included for free in some tourist discount passes, such as the Explorer Pass and the New York Pass. To see if a pass is right for you, read our post on New York City tourist discount passes.
What you will see on your tour:
On this 75 minute tour you will get an inside view of life on and off stage of their most famous venues including the Metropolitan Opera House, David Geffen Hall (previously Avery Fisher Hall), David H. Koch Theater (previously New York State Theater), Vivian Beaumont Theater, and the dramatically transformed Alice Tully Hall. Note: Due to auditions, rehearsals, and performances, tour routes throughout their 16-acre campus change every day so there is no guarantee that specific buildings will be visited. However, you may have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a rehearsal in progress.
Tour schedule: Check their website for tour schedules as they vary daily and seasonally.
Meeting Place: The David Rubenstein Atrium Zucker Box Office located on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd streets.
Students (30 and under): $20 valid student ID is required
Seniors (60+): $20
Child (6 and under): Free
Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Be prepared to show ID at the David Rubenstein Atrium to pick up web tickets.
Lincoln Center Tour Discounts and Coupons:
Free admission is included with the purchase of either the Explorer Pass and the New York Pass. Read our post on New York City tourist discount passes.
Save 25% when you combine this tour with a Radio City Stage Door Tour. Both tours together are $32.50 and can be purchased at either Radio City Music Hall or at the information desk of Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.
Check websites such as Groupon and Living Social for occasional sales on tour tickets.
Good to know prior to your visit:
TIP: To enjoy a totally free opera performance at Lincoln Center, you can check out their Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival which usually occurs in late August through early September. See an amazing past performance by this world-famous opera for free on a huge HD Screen set up in the heart of Lincoln Center’s Plaza.
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