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Members Count and Patron Circles: Frequently Asked Questions

To better familiarize you with our new Membership program, we've compiled answers to some frequently asked questions below.

If we did not answer your question, please visit the Membership page, call us at 212-570-3753, or email membership@metmuseum.org. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Membership program and benefits are inspired by the important role Members play at the Museum, and the ways in which they like to experience The Met. 

We know that the Museum is best when shared with others, so we've added new guest privileges to every Membership category. We also know that one of the great pleasures of being a Member is having exclusive access to the art, so we've added more Members-only events that bring you closer to the Museum's exhibitions and collection. 

Whether you prefer to join us in the morning or the evening, for Preview Days or Evening Receptions, our new Membership program will bring you closer to the art and enable you to discover all the public programming your Membership makes possible.

Changes to benefits, pricing, and categories went into effect on June 13, 2017.

Members Count

Members Count means that you are part of an inclusive community. There are three simple levels of Membership based on how The Met fits into your life. The chart below illustrates your new Membership category.

You were . . .

You are now a . . .

Associate
Met Net
Individual

Member with Early Views

Family/Dual

Member with Evening Hours

National Friend
Sustaining

Member with Opening Nights


Patron Circles

Throughout history, patrons have supported the important role art plays in society. Our Patron Circles reflect some of the ways our most generous supporters uphold that tradition at The Met, and their commitment to The Met's future. The chart below illustrates your new Patron Circle category:

Your Former Category

Your Patron Circle Category

Contributing
Donor

The Founder's Circle

Sponsor

The Champion's Circle

Patron

The Leader's Circle

Patron Circle
President's Circle

The President's Circle

Every Member now enjoys even more benefits! Here are some highlights for each category:

Members with Early Views can now bring a complimentary guest to the Museum. They can also attend Preview Days for special exhibitions and receive mailings such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin and What's On calendar. In addition, all Members enjoy a 10% discount in The Dining Room at The Met.

Members with Evening Hours can now bring two complimentary guests to the Museum. They also have access to The Balcony Lounge and receive invitations to a new event series, The Met After Hours, which gives Members access to the collection after the Museum closes to the public.

Members with Opening Nights now receive invitations to the new event series, The Met After Hours, as well as an additional Evening Reception (four total) to celebrate new exhibitions with us.

For a full listing of benefits, please see the Membership page.

We hope you will share the Museum with your family and friends! Here are the guest admission privileges for each category:


Member Admission

Guest Admission

Member with Early Views

1 adult and children under 18

1 guest free per visit

Members with Evening Hours

2 adults and children under 18

2 guests free per visit

Member with Opening Nights

2 adults and children under 18

4 guests free per visit

Patron Circles

2 adults and children under 18

4 guests free per visit

If you joined or renewed your Membership before June 13, 2017, you will receive new cards indicating your new level shortly. If your Membership expires soon, we look forward to sending you a new card when you renew.

Your Member ID number will remain the same, and will appear on your new Member card.

Your expiration date will remain the same, and it will be printed on your new Member or Patron card for your reference.

Please feel free to use your old Member card to shop in The Met Store, or to visit any of our three locations, while you wait for your new Member or Patron card to arrive in the mail.

No, the tax deductibility on your previous Membership contribution has not changed.

Many Members and Patrons choose to increase their impact by donating above and beyond their Membership contribution amount. These giving ranges make it easy for Patrons to support the Museum with an additional annual gift, and make an even greater difference to the millions of people who visit The Met each year.

IDNYC Member benefits have not changed, but we hope you will consider supporting The Met as a Member or Patron today.

Now, even more of our visitors can enjoy the dining experience you know and love. Members and Patrons get special treatment on every visit to The Dining Room at The Met, including a 10% discount, priority seating and reservations, and exclusive culinary events throughout the year.

Become a Member or Renew an Existing Membership

Renewing your Membership is easy! For fastest service, renew online

You can also renew at any admissions 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 Auto Renew option when you join or renew, 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 Auto Renew program at any time by notifying the Membership Department. 

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

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 Members Count page for information about the tax-deductible portion of your Membership.

If you have misplaced your tax-acknowledgement letter, please email membership@metmuseum.org to request a duplicate copy. Please include your Member 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 admissions 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 admissions 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 special benefits for student or senior Members.

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 or Patron card(s) by mail within 10 to 14 business days of purchasing your Membership. If you come to the Museum without your card, please check in at any admissions desk 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 card, you may request a duplicate card by sending your Member ID number, full name, and address to membership@metmuseum.org.

Members with Evening Hours, Members with Opening Nights, and Patrons may designate a second 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 a cardholder name, please email membership@metmuseum.org with your ID number, full name, and address.

Member and Patron cards are not transferable. For information on bringing guests to the Museum, please see the Member Benefits section above.

Your Member or Patron ID number is located on the back of your card.

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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 Member or Patron card.

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

Member Benefits

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 and Patrons receive a 10% discount in The Met Store, plus seasonal 20% Double Discounts. Discounts are also available on Audio Guides, The Dining Room at The Met, and Museum parking.

Preview Days are exclusive opportunities to view select special exhibitions before they open to the public. Invitations to Preview Days are mailed to all Members and Patrons. Members who live outside a 200-mile radius of New York City receive email invitations to Preview Days.

To attend a Preview Day, eligible Members and Patrons must present their Member or Patron card at the entrance to the exhibition. Reservations are not necessary. For Members with Early Views and Members with Evening Hours, each invitation admits two. For Members with Opening Nights benefits and Patrons of The Met, each invitation admits four. Due to capacity limitations in the galleries, we regret that additional guests cannot be accommodated.

The Met After Hours is a new event series that gives Members exclusive access to the collection after the Museum is closed to the public. The Met After Hours series is available to Members with Evening Hours, Members with Opening Nights, and Patrons. Each invitation admits two. Due to capacity limitations in the galleries, we regret that additional guests cannot be accommodated.

If you have lost or misplaced your invitation, simply present your valid Member or Patron card at the check-in desk on the evening of the event.

Members with Opening Nights and Patrons receive invitations for Evening Receptions. 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 Member or Patron card at the check-in desk on the evening of the event.

Preview Days and Evening Receptions are not a benefit to employees of Corporate Patrons. All Members (except IDNYC) can attend Preview Days. Members with Opening Nights and Patrons can also attend Evening Receptions.

To receive emails from us, please email your Member 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 What's On calendar includes information on upcoming events for Members and Patrons, exhibition openings, programs, and tours. What's On is mailed to all Members and Patrons (except IDNYC).

We are pleased to offer two exclusive locations for Members and Patrons to enjoy during their visit:

The Balcony Lounge is a modern space to relax and dine after visiting the galleries. Available to Members with Evening Hours, Members with Opening Nights, and Patrons.

The Patrons Lounge is an elegant space with views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. Available to Patrons.

Now, even more of our visitors can enjoy the dining experience you know and love. Members and Patrons get special treatment on every visit to The Dining Room, including a 10% discount, priority seating and reservations, and exclusive culinary events throughout the year.

Your Member or Patron card makes it easy to visit your favorite museums around the country. Members with Opening Nights and Patrons receive membership privileges at 16 other institutions. Present the Member or Patron 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
Detroit Institute of Arts
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Asian Art Museum
Toledo Museum of Art
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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

Special Categories for Young Members and Families

The Met Apollo Circle is a special Membership group for young supporters of The Metropolitan Museum of Art ages 21 to 45. 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, 2013, are not eligible for this offer.