Take The Best Art Museum Tour In NYC

Shady Ladies Tours is a new kind of tour company…one that puts the fun back into history and art! We take you to the places that other tours don’t and show you the artworks that other tours won’t—complete with the sexy, saucy, and downright scandalous backstories that cast them in an entirely new light.

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Purchase a gift certificate for Shady Ladies Tours, and give a friend or loved one the opportunity to learn about the sexy side of history and art! Certificates are redeemable for any available future date.The Shady Ladies tour of the Metropolitan Museum costs $49 ($39 senior citizen; $30 student or Metropolitan Museum member). Please note that in order to redeem your coupon, a reservation must be made (because our tours have strict numerical caps) at 646 201 4848.

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Professor Andrew Lear

All tours are led personally by Professor Andrew Lear, a leading scholar on the history of sexuality and a master guide. With a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA, Professor Lear is one of the foremost experts on the erotic in Greek and Roman art.



People often ask me how I came up with the idea of giving art history tours about courtesans. There is a short version of that story and a long one. T

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Emma Hamilton The way from social obscurity to social stardom has traditionally been even narrower than the strait gate and narrow way to salvation. H

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Victorian is almost a substitute term for joylessly prudish to many people. They are wrong; Queen Victoria relished sex with her protective, affection

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