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. 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.
May 11 - GRiZ
May 12 - Ben Platt
May 14 - Aziz Ansari
May 17 - Tash Sultana
May 21 - Anderson .Paak
May 31 - David Gray
June 6 - RBRM: Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell & Michael Bivins
June 7 - Frank The Man. The Music.
June 8 - Bill Maher
June 9 - O.A.R. & American Authors
June 12 - Jon Bellion
June 14 - Derek Hough
June 15 - Billie Eilish
June 19 - The Lonely Island
June 20 - Eros Ramazzotti
June 22 - Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit & Father John Misty
July 10 - Peter Frampton
July 12 - Weird Al Yankovic
July 13 - Rob Thomas
July 19 - 311 & The Dirty Heads
July 20 - Prettymuch
July 31 - Rebelution
August 4 - Herbie Hancock & Kamasi Washington
August 5 - Sarah McLachlan
August 7 - Papa Roach
August 10 - Why Don't We
August 11 - Bryan Ferry
August 14 - Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band
August 17 - Mark Knopfler
August 20 - Beast Coast: Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Kirk Knight & Nyck Caution
August 24 - Social Distortion, Flogging Molly & The Devil Makes Three
September 11 - Kacey Musgraves
September 12 - The Piano Guys
September 13 - Judah and The Lion
September 14 - Marina
September 16 - Bastille
September 18 - Lizzo
September 20 - Massive Attack
September 21 - Shakey Graves
September 22 - Peppa Pig
September 23 - King Crimson
September 26 - Joe Russo's Almost Dead
September 27 - Joe Russo's Almost Dead
October 2 - The Tallest Man On Earth
October 4 - Die Antwoord
October 8 - The Head and The Heart
October 26 - Jenny Lewis
November 2 - Nick Offerman
November 3 - Rosanne Cash
November 6 - Steely Dan
November 8 - Steely Dan
November 9 - Steely Dan
November 16 - Sara Bareilles
November 18 - Sara Bareilles
January 23 - Deadmau5
January 24 - Deadmau5