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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Take The Best Art Museum Tour In NYC

Meet history's greatest "nasty women" on our tours.

Discover the backstories of some of the most famous and celebrated paintings in the world.

Shady Ladies of Paris

Let Shady Ladies Tours introduce you to the royal mistresses and courtesans of Paris' history, from Madame de Pompadour to the (real!) Lady of the Camellias. Discover them with Professor Andrew Lear...


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Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame XThese women, famous not only for sex-appeal...

Nasty Women

Meet the women who shattered the glass ceilings of their day—as artists who broke with convention, scientists who toppled stereotypes, and political figures who poisoned, slept and protested their way to power...

Scandalous Secrets

Guided Museum Tours NYC

Great art is full of hidden meanings—and more often than not, they’re all about sex. Broken eggs symbolizing lost virginity…a lute standing in for a man's desires... a lady’s slack shoulder strap suggesting adultery...


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About Us

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.

nasty women museum of fine arts

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is of course one of the world’s great museums.  It is also a great place for a women’s history tour.  Th

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Madame du Barry Shady Ladies Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is not as big as the Metropolitan, and it might not be possible to arrange all the theme tours that we can in NYC. Howe

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People often ask me what the difference is between the Shady Ladies tour and the Nasty Women tour—whether the themes are really different, whether

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