Friends Groups provide a unique opportunity to become closely involved with The Met's libraries, conservation, and curatorial departments. Through special programming and events, Friends build relationships with Museum curators and like-minded patrons in intimate, behind-the-scenes settings.
The Met's Friends Groups dues provide an important source of support for new acquisitions and programming within each department. Annual dues range from $2,000 to $15,000, and benefits include a complimentary Patron Circle Membership and recognition in the Museum's Annual Report, among other privileges; a portion of the dues is tax-deductible. Membership with The Met's Friends Groups runs on a seasonal schedule, with the majority of programming occurring from September through June.
The Met's Friends Group are 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.
For general questions, please contact Friends Groups at 212-650-2075 or email email@example.com.
Friends of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: Art of Five Continents provides an opportunity for special access and ongoing engagement with the leading institutional collection of African, ancient American, and Oceanic art in North America, and the unparalleled expertise of its curatorial specialists.
The Friends of Ancient Near Eastern Art is a group composed of individuals who are passionate about the art and culture of the ancient Near East.
This international group brings together individuals with a serious interest in, or simply curiosity about, the armorer's art and its manifestations across all places and times, to foster a wider appreciation and deeper understanding of this extraordinarily rich, diverse, and pervasive art form.
The Friends of Asian Art brings together individuals from around the world who have a serious interest in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas to support the department and to foster a wider appreciation and understanding of Asian cultures.
This group is designed to bring those passionate about works on paper into closer contact with the department's extraordinary holdings and its superb curatorial staff.
The Friends Group of the Department of European Paintings offers people who are passionate about art a unique opportunity to engage closely with the department's outstanding collection and its curators.
The Philodoroi is designed to bring collectors, devotees, and others who are passionate about classical and ancient art into closer contact with the Museum's collection and curators of the Department of Greek and Roman Art.
The Firebirds is a group of visionary patrons who are the core advocates for MetLiveArts, the Museum's performance series.
The Amati is a group of music lovers that meets four to five times a year for intimate recitals, talks, and private viewings of exhibitions related to historic instruments from the collection of the Department of Musical Instruments.
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.
The William Cullen Bryant Fellows brings together collectors, scholars, and aficionados of historical American and Latin American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts.