Rich with history yet contemporary enough to accommodate the biggest acts in modern music, the entirely restored Met Philadelphia boasts an impressive track record for having been open only five months, including a monumental debut performance from music legend Bob Dylan. After undergoing a two-year $56 million renovation, the new Met Philadelphia finally opened its doors in December 2018, 110 years after it originally opened as the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House in 1908.
Brought back to life from near total neglect, the fully-restored Met Philadelphia features a stunning new event space for music lovers to experience the thrill of live entertainment in the heart of Philadelphia. The venue’s restoration is just one of many in a series of renovation projects hitting North Broad Street, boasting an entirely restored neoclassical facade, sparkling chandeliers, gold accents, premier lounges, and a massive stage designed to host a vast array of productions. And don’t worry history buffs - you won’t be hard-pressed to find some of the building’s original trimmings, like the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House crest that remains embedded in the lobby floor.
Are you ready to experience all that the Met Philadelphia has to offer? Read through our comprehensive venue guide for everything you need to know before you go – from parking and directions to new features and nearby attractions – our insider’s guide is here to answer any questions and make sure your experience at this stunning new event space is one to remember!
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At the heart of The Met’s restoration project lies its massive 100,000-square foot theater, capable of hosting 3,500 audience members (check out the seating chart). Despite housing some of the latest in cutting-edge technology and modern design, The Met retains its classic Opera house feel, complete with gold-flecked trimmings along the ceiling, walls, and columns, and tiered seating including a two-level balcony and box seats on either side of the orchestra pit.
Concessions provided by locally owned Brûlée Catering make your experience at The Met Philly one that is truly Philadelphian, serving up the best in craft beers, wine, and specialty cocktails alongside a menu of light bites to enjoy before each show and at intermission.
The Met Philadelphia features a grand total of 12 bars throughout its space, including a full-service bar in the lobby.
The Grand Salle
Philly’s latest renovated, upscale lounge is located in the venue’s former ballroom, which has been fully transformed into a full-service luxe gathering area. Complete with sparkling gold details and plush chairs and couches, the 34,000-square-foot lounge dubbed The Grand Salle welcomes patrons to relax and mingle above The Met’s lobby for pre and post-show chats, drinks, and dining.
The Met is just one of several exciting projects hitting North Broad Street in Philadelphia. The historic Divine Lorraine Hotel has recently been renovated into an upscale apartment building and will also soon house retail space and restaurants.
June saw the Phase 1 opening of the all-new Rail Park - a quarter-mile elevated stretch of the now abandoned Reading Railroad - transformed into a green space where visitors can escape from their urban surroundings. Once completed, Rail Park will consist of three miles worth of transformed rail lines, connecting 10 neighborhoods in the city.
If you’re craving something other than what The Met’s got on its menu, there’s plenty of spots to grab some grub or a post-show cocktail within walking distance. Check out the map below to see what’s nearby!
Directions - Getting There
If you’re driving, just pop in The Met’s address – 858 North Broad Street – into any GPS system. We’ve outlined some other options for patrons who are interested in taking public transportation below.
Uber/Lyft/Taxi: The drop off/pick up is location on Broad Street just next to the venue, immediately south of Poplar Street.
Subway: Use the Broad Street Line. The Met is approximately two blocks south of the Girard Street Station, and three blocks north of the Fairmont Station.
Bus: Take Bus 4 or Bus 16 to the Poplar and Broad Street stop.
Trolley: Hop on the Girard Street Trolley to the Girard and Broad Street stop, approximately two blocks north of the venue.
Bike: Bike racks are located outside of the venue. The Met Philly is not responsible for any lost or stolen bikes.
The Met Philadelphia provides ample parking within walking distance to make your visit convenient and stress-free. Each of the eight parking lots offer handicap accessible parking, with the closest one located at 855 N. Broad Street (Lot A). There is also an ADA drop off located directly in front of the venue on Poplar Street. Check out our map below to see the lots closest to The Met:
Security Tips and Policies
Visitors to The Met Philadelphia should plan on security utilizing metal detectors and/or physical pat downs for search procedures. If, for medical reasons, you are unable to be searched via metal detectors, the First Aid station located in the lobby will provide an alternative.
All bags are subject to inspection. Re-entry is not permitted, so please be sure that everything you will need for the event is with you when you enter the venue.
Oct. 13 – Ray LaMontagne
Oct. 15 – Greta Van Fleet
Oct. 16 – Greta Van Fleet
Oct. 17 – Ali Wong
Oct. 18 – Rezz
Oct. 19 – Bouts On Broad
Oct. 20 – Toto
Oct. 24 – Philly POPS presents Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct. 25 – Philly POPS presents Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct. 26 – Jenny Lewis
Oct. 29 – Logic
Nov. 2 – Nick Offerman
Nov. 3 – Rosanne Cash & Ry Cooder
Nov. 5 – Erykah Badu
Nov. 6 – Steely Dan
Nov. 8 – Steely Dan
Nov. 9 – Steely Dan
Nov. 11 – ScHoolboy Q
Nov. 14 – AJR
Nov. 15 – AJR
Nov. 16 – Sara Bareilles
Nov. 17 – Sting
Nov. 18 – Sara Bareilles
Nov. 19 – Hozier
Nov. 21 – Bob Dylan
Nov. 22 – Commissioned
Nov. 23 – The Life Story of Mahalia Jackson
Nov. 24 – The Life Story of Mahalia Jackson
Nov. 29 – Philly POPS presents Uptown Christmas
Nov. 30 – The Music of Queen
Dec. 1 – Philly POPS presents Uptown Christmas
Dec. 4 – She & Him
Dec. 5 – PJ Masks Live!
Dec. 7 – Madonna
Dec. 8 – Madonna
Dec. 10 – Madonna
Dec. 11 – Madonna
Dec. 13 – Martina McBride
Dec. 14 – Ween
Dec. 15 – Pentatonix
Dec. 16 – Pentatonix
Dec. 19 – Moscow Ballet
Dec. 21 – WDAS Holiday Jam
Dec. 27 – Gov’t Mule
Dec. 28 – PnB Rock
Jan. 3 – Femme It Forward presents Monica – Ashanti
Jan. 11 – Middleditch & Schwartz
Jan. 23 – Deadmau5
Jan. 24 – Deadmau5
Jan. 26 – Dancing with the Stars: Live!
Jan. 30 – Little Big Town
Jan. 31 – Little Big Town
Feb. 10 – Tim & Eric
Feb. 14 – Boyz II Men
Feb. 29 – Dermot Kennedy
Mar. 20 – The Bachelor Live
Mar. 31 – Celtic Woman
Apr. 2 – My Dad Wrote A Porno
Apr. 4 – Philly POPS presents Disney’s Broadway Hits
Apr. 5 – Philly POPS presents Disney’s Broadway Hits
Apr. 17 – Dead Can Dance