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Friends of the Thomas J. Watson Library

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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
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China: Through the Looking Glass
May 5, 2015 | [For Supporting, Sustaining, Friend, Family/Dual, Individual, and Associate Members] Free with Museum Membership
China: Through the Looking Glass
May 6, 2015 | [For Supporting, Sustaining, Friend, Family/Dual, Individual, and Associate Members] Free with Museum Membership
Monday at the Met with Elinor Richter—Early Netherlandish Painting: From Van Eyck to Bruegel
May 11, 2015 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Sold Out

Last updated: Monday, April 27