Friends of the Thomas J. Watson Library


The Friends of the Thomas J. Watson Library brings together enthusiasts of books and learning, and supporters of research and scholarship. Through their annual contributions, which support the purchase of rare and antiquarian materials, the Friends play an active role in expanding and preserving one of the great art libraries of the world. Friends programs include behind-the-scenes collection and exhibition tours with curatorial staff as well as visits to other institutions, galleries, historic sites, artists' studios, and libraries elsewhere in the city.

Annual dues: $5,000 ($3,952 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $4,000 ($2,952 is tax deductible)

For more information please contact Ken Soehner at 212-570-3934 or ken.soehner@metmuseum.org.

Highlights of Past Events 

  • An after-hours viewing of treasured books, maps, and art from the library at the New York Historical Society, led by Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, Michael Ryan, followed by a reception
  • A tour of Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, led by Emily Braun, curator of the Leonard A. Lauder collection and co-curator of the exhibition, followed by a reception 
  • "New York's Underground Art Museum: MTA Arts & Design," a special presentation by Sandra Bloodworth, director of MTA Arts & Design at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, followed by a reception in the Patron's lounge
  • A trip to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York with both an architectural tour and a tour of the interior, including American painting and sculpture on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the legendary gold vault, followed by a lunch
  • Annual reception and showcase of new acquisitions purchased with Friends' funds
Monday at the Met—Arts of Elegance: Decorative Arts at the Met
November 30, 2015 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Sold Out
Members Holiday Reception
December 1, 2015 | [For Museum Members only] Individual Tickets: $225
Cultural Discoveries with Olivier Bernier: Inventing the Modern, 1900 to 1940
December 2, 2015 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Sold Out

Last updated: Thursday, November 26