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 as well as of core resources, 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: $4,500 ($3,760 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $3,500 ($2,760 is tax deductible)

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

Highlights of Past Events 

  • A curator-led tour of The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a private lunch
  • "And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris," a special presentation by author Alan Riding, followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception
  • A behind-the-scenes visit to the textile conservation facility within the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, led by Conservator in Charge Florica Zaharia
  • A tour of Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society, with Roberta Olson, curator of drawings at the Society, followed by a reception at a private home
  • Annual meeting showcasing new acquisitions purchased with Friends funds
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Young Members Summer Fridays
August 29, 2014 | [For Young Members of the Museum, ages 21–35] Free with Museum Membership
Monday at the Met with Elinor Richter: Holland in the Golden Age
September 15, 2014 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Sold Out
Saturday Evenings with Elinor Richter: The Landscape
September 20, 2014 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Fee: $150 per person for each session

Last updated: Friday, August 22