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Frequently Asked Questions

Becoming a Member or Renewing an Existing Membership

Renewing your Membership is easy! For fastest service, renew online. We also offer a convenient Automatic Renewal option that renews your Membership at the same time every year. You can opt out at any time.

You can also renew at any Membership desk in the Museum or at any Met Store location, by calling the Membership Department at 212-570-3753, or by mailing your check or credit card payment to:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Attn: Membership Department
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

By selecting the convenient Automatic Renewal option, your Membership will be automatically charged annually on the first business day of your expiration month, at the then-current rate of the Membership you selected. This is an easy way to ensure that your support of The Met is is ongoing, while saving the Museum administrative costs.

We will send you an email reminder before your credit card is charged every year, and you may opt out of the Automatic Renewal program at any time by notifying the Membership Department.

When you select this option, please ensure that your credit card expiration is valid at the time of your Membership renewal.

Your Membership ID number is located on the back of your permanent Membership card.

Sample Membership Card

Memberships are activated on the date of purchase and are valid for one year. Your Membership expiration date is located on the back of your permanent Membership card.

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If you do not have your Membership card and would like to verify your Membership, please email your full name and address to membership@metmuseum.org.

Please email your new contact information to membership@metmuseum.org and we will update our records.

A portion of each Membership contribution is tax deductible. See the Membership form for the tax-deductible portion of each Membership level.

If you have misplaced your tax-acknowledgement letter, please email membership@metmuseum.org to request a duplicate copy. Please include your Membership ID number, full name, mailing address, and any information about the payment in question.

To increase your Membership support at any time, please contact the Membership Department at 212-570-3753 or visit any Membership desk in the Museum.

Due to processing time, your payment and renewal notice may have crossed paths in the mail. To confirm that we have received your Membership payment, please email membership@metmuseum.org. Please disregard any notices you receive after your payment has been submitted.

Membership at the Met makes the perfect gift for all occasions! For fastest service, purchase a gift Membership online.

The form will ask you for the recipient's contact information first, followed by your billing information. If you wish to have the recipient's Membership card(s) mailed to you, please select this option on the checkout form:

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You may also purchase a gift Membership at any Membership desk in the Museum or at any Met Store location, or by calling the Membership Department at 212-570-3753. Please note that we are unable to include a personalized message to the recipient.

At this time, we do not offer student or senior Memberships.

The Museum is eligible to receive matching gifts for the Annual Appeal, which supports general operating expenses. Annual Appeal donations are considered fully tax deductible and are a great way to make your matching gift contribution go further. Please contact your company's human resources department to find out if your employer participates in this program.

Please note that matching gifts may not be applied to Membership payments.

Please check with your donor-advised fund before initiating payment, as Memberships may not be eligible for purchase through your fund.

Membership Cards

You will receive your Membership card(s) by mail within ten to fourteen business days of purchasing your Membership. If you come to the Museum without your card, please check in at one of the Membership desks with a photo ID to receive a temporary card that will entitle you to all of the benefits of your Membership for that day. If you purchased your Membership online, please present your email confirmation.

If you have lost or misplaced your permanent Membership card, you may request a duplicate card by sending your Membership ID number, full name, and address to membership@metmuseum.org. Please note that there is a $5.00 fee for replacement cards that covers printing, processing, and mailing costs.

Members beginning at the Family/Dual ($210) level may designate a second Membership cardholder at the time of purchase. If you would like the second card to read "Guest of [Member Name]," please leave the second cardholder field blank.

To add or change the secondary cardholder name, please email membership@metmuseum.org with your Membership ID number, full name, and address.

Membership cards are not transferable. For information on bringing guests to the Museum, please see the Member Benefits section below.

Member Benefits

Members at all levels receive free unlimited admission to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters—the branch of the Museum in northern Manhattan devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Please see the admissions policy for each Membership level below.

Category

   

Admission Benefit

Associate ($70)*

 

Free admission for one

Met Net ($80)

 

Free admission for one

Individual ($110)

 

Free admission for one

Family/Dual ($210)

 

Free admission for two adults, plus accompanied children under 18

Friend ($300)*

 

Free admission for two adults, plus up to four accompanied guests

Sustaining ($600) and above

 

Free admission for two adults, plus up to four accompanied guests

*Special categories for Members living outside a two-hundred-mile radius of New York City

Additional guests are asked to make an admissions contribution at our Admissions or Membership desks.

Tickets are not required to view any of the Museum's exhibitions, so you may visit them for free as often as you like.

Members receive a 10% discount in The Met Store, plus seasonal Double Discounts. Discounts are also available on Audio Guides and Museum parking.

Member previews are exclusive opportunities to view select special exhibitions before they open to the public. Invitations to previews are mailed to Members beginning at the Individual ($110) level. Associate ($70) and Friend ($300) Members, who live more than two hundred miles outside of New York City, receive email invitations to previews.

To attend an exhibition preview, eligible Members should present their printed invitation or Membership card at the entrance to the exhibition. Reservations are not necessary. For Individual ($110) and Family/Dual ($210) Members, each invitation admits two. For Sustaining ($600) and Supporting ($1,500 to $25,000) Members, each invitation admits four. Due to capacity limitations in the galleries, we regret that additional guests cannot be accommodated.

Please note that Member previews are not a benefit of the Met Net ($80) level.

Members beginning at the Sustaining ($600) level receive invitations for evening receptions and private viewings of select special exhibitions. Each invitation admits two, and reservations are required; to reserve, please send an email to the address listed in the printed invitation. If you have lost or misplaced your invitation, simply present your valid Membership card at the check-in desk on the evening of the event.

Member previews and evening receptions are not a benefit to employees of Corporate Patrons. You must be a Member beginning at the Individual ($110) level to attend Member previews and beginning at the Sustaining ($600) level to attend evening receptions.

To receive emails from the Membership Department, please email your Membership ID number, full name, and preferred email address to membership@metmuseum.org. This is best way to stay informed and receive advance notice of exhibitions, programs, events, and special offers.

The quarterly Members Calendar includes information on upcoming Members-only events, exhibition openings, programs, and tours. The Calendar is mailed automatically to Members beginning at the Individual ($110) level, as well as to Members at the Associate ($70) and Friend ($300) levels.

Members beginning at the Family/Dual ($210) level are invited to attend Art Talks for Members about the collection and current exhibitions. Advance registration is not required. Simply present your valid Membership card at the entrance to the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.

The Museum offers two groups dedicated to the interests of our young supporters:

Young Members
Members at all levels, between the ages of 21 and 35, are eligible to participate in the Young Members program at no additional cost. Young Members are invited to special events throughout the year, including the annual Young Members Party. To participate, please email your Membership ID number, full name, and address to youngmembers@metmuseum.org.

The Met Apollo Circle (from $1,200)
The Met Apollo Circle is a special Membership group for individuals ages 21 to 39. Named after the Greek god of youth, the arts, culture, and music, The Met Apollo Circle engages its Members in a variety of educational and social activities and provides incomparable insights into the Museum's collection and exhibitions. Proceeds support The Met Apollo Circle Fund for Art Conservation.

We are pleased to offer three exclusive locations for Members to enjoy during their visit:

The Members Dining Room offers contemporary American cuisine in an elegant setting with expansive views of Central Park. Open to all Members.

The Balcony Lounge is a sophisticated space adjacent to the Great Hall Balcony that offers a light menu, complimentary reading materials, and Wi-Fi. Open to Friend ($300), Sustaining ($600), and Supporting ($1,500 to $25,000) Members.

The Patrons Lounge is a quiet, art-filled space offering panoramic views of Central Park and a light menu. Open to Members beginning at the Sponsor ($5,000) level.

Members beginning at the Sustaining ($600) level receive privileges at sixteen other institutions. Present the Membership card issued to you by The Met to receive the benefits listed below.

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  • Free admission at all times during museum hours
  • Free admission to special exhibitions where an advance ticket is not required
  • Admission to members' previews where an advance ticket is not required
  • Same discount on purchases in the art and book shops (made on the premises) as offered to members of that museum
  • Same discount on purchases of concert, lecture, and film tickets (made on the premises) as offered to members of that museum

Participating institutions include:
Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Andy Warhol Museum
Dallas Museum of Art
Denver Art Museum
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Asian Art Museum
The Toledo Museum of Art
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Wadsworth Atheneum

We would be happy to assist you. Please call the Membership Department at 212-570-3753 or email us at membership@metmuseum.org.

Special Membership Groups

The Met Apollo Circle is a special Membership group for young supporters of the Metropolitan Museum ages 21 to 39. The Met Apollo Circle Patrons, an upper level of The Met Apollo Circle, is an opportunity for Members ages 21 to 45 to develop a closer association with the Museum.

Proceeds from Met Apollo Circle Membership dues support The Met Apollo Circle Fund for Art Conservation, helping to preserve the Museum's collection for future generations. The Met has four distinct conservation departments, as well as specialized conservators devoted to Photographs, Asian Art, Arms and Armor, Musical Instruments, and The Costume Institute. The Met Apollo Circle Fund for Art Conservation benefits these departments by providing support for activities such as fellowships, publications, and critical conservation research.

Feel free to join at any time! Your Met Apollo Circle Membership begins the day you sign up and is active for one year. We have events year round, so no matter when you join you'll soon receive an invitation to a special event.

People who join as a couple will receive Membership cards and invitations with both names listed. If one person is unable to attend an event, the other person is welcome to bring a guest instead. People who join as individuals are welcome to bring a guest to our exclusive Met Apollo Circle events. On very rare occasions, due to space constraints, events are limited to Met Apollo Circle Members only.

We host an average of one event per month, often an evening reception and presentation or tour with a Met curator. We also host a variety of other special programs, including mini courses that provide in-depth looks into the work of the Museum's conservation, curatorial, and education departments; an annual supper club; visits to art collectors' homes to view private collections; and a rooftop reception and sunset viewing of an exhibition in the summer. One of our biggest events each year is The Met Apollo Circle Benefit in the fall.

Our Members come from diverse backgrounds and include students and professionals working in a wide array of fields, including art, design, policy, law, business, fashion, medicine, and more. All of our Members share a common interest in learning more about art and The Met's encyclopedic collections within a social and educational setting that encourages friendly discourse across many disciplines.

The Met Family Circle is a special Membership group for families with children up to age 12. The program offers children an introduction to The Met's extensive collection and an opportunity to further their appreciation of the visual arts. Parents receive a variety of additional benefits.

Proceeds from Met Family Circle Membership dues support the general operations of the Museum, including a diverse schedule of special exhibitions, conservation of the Museum's unparalleled collection, and more than twenty thousand educational programs annually.

Your Met Family Circle Membership is valid for one year from the date you enroll. Events and special programs are scheduled primarily to coincide with the school year, and your Membership privileges are valid throughout the year.

A variety of exclusive events are offered to Met Family Circle Members during the year, including evening programs in the galleries with curators and educators; complimentary tickets to the Pajama Party and The Family Benefit; a private family tour in the galleries; and a selection of private workshops with gallery viewings followed by sketching and studio projects.

Met Family Circle activities are designed primarily for children up to age 12. Member families often have children ranging in age from 2 to 14, and we offer activities and programs designed to appeal to children in this broad age range.

IDNYC Membership

IDNYC cardholders ages 18 and older are eligible for a free one-year Membership at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Benefits include:

  • Free admission for one to The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters;
  • Members-only emails with advance notice of exhibitions, programs, and events;
  • Special offers on select ticketed programs;
  • Discount on Audio Guide rentals in nine languages; and
  • Complimentary guided tours of the collection in ten languages.

To sign up, present your valid IDNYC card at the Membership Desk at The Met Fifth Avenue. A Met Membership card will be issued for free admission and discounts on Audio Guide rentals. Children under 18 receive free admission with an accompanying cardholder.

For more information about obtaining an IDNYC card, visit www.nyc.gov or call 311.

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Memberships will be issued for one year from the date of registration at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Membership cards are not transferable and admit one. Current Met Members and individuals with lapsed Memberships as of January 1, 2012, are not eligible for this offer.