Explore a new way to get involved at The Met! Members of Curatorial Friends Groups enjoy unique opportunities to learn about the Museum and its collection, participate in special programs, and build relationships with curators and others who share similar interests, all in intimate, behind-the-scenes settings.
Friends Groups also represent an important source of support for new acquisitions and programming within each curatorial department. Annual dues range from $1,000 to $15,000 and include a complimentary Membership, recognition in the Museum's Annual Report, and other benefits; a portion of the dues is tax deductible. Programming for these private events generally takes place from September through June of each year.
Membership in a Curatorial Friends Group is by invitation. Contact information for each group is listed on the following pages. Please note that group sizes are limited and there are certain restrictions regarding art professionals.
The Alfred Stieglitz Society brings photography collectors and devotees into closer contact with The Met's curators, as well as its renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary photography.
Founded in 1960 "to foster the growing interest of antiquarians, collectors, and students in the work of the American Wing," this group engages devotees of American art with its curator-led program of talks, tours, and opening receptions, complemented by visits to nearby private collections.
The Friends of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas provides an opportunity for special access and ongoing engagement with the leading institutional collection of African, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art in North America and the unparalleled expertise of its curatorial specialists.
The Friends of Asian Art brings together individuals from around the world who have a serious interest in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia in order to support the acquisitions and activities of the Department of Asian Art and to foster a wider appreciation and understanding of Asian cultures.
The Firebirds is a visionary group of donors that helps The Met illuminate and interpret exhibitions, collections, and galleries through performance and conversation with some of the world's premier musicians, scholars, and creative artists.
The Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts is a special group designed to bring collectors and devotees of the decorative arts into closer contact with the collection and curators of the department.
This special group offers collectors and people passionate about art an opportunity to interact more dynamically with the collection and curators of the Department of European Paintings.
This group's annual dues support the activities of the Department of Egyptian Art.
The Modern Circle brings together patrons and collectors in support of the department.
The Friends of Thomas J. Watson Library brings together enthusiasts of books and learning, and supporters of research and scholarship.