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In This Issue

Summer Dining and
For Young Members
Spring at The Cloisters
Exclusive Reception
Free Weekend Lectures
Friends Who Help Provide
    for the Met’s Future

Summer Dining and Celebrations

Family/Dual, Individual, and Associate Members enjoy a special summer benefit—Friday and Saturday dinner and weekend brunch in The Trustees Dining Room are available through September 28.

During this same period, Members may also rent four elegant rooms for entertaining family, friends, and business associates. For rental information, please call 212-650-2819 or e-mail

These benefits are also available year-round to Supporting, Sustaining, and Friend Members.

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For Young Members

MMArtists in Concert
Friday, May 16, 8:00 p.m.
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Jeff Koons at the Met
Sunday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.
More Information

The Art of Observation: Why Police Officers Are Taking a Second Look at Art, Part 1
Sunday, June 1, 1:00 p.m.
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Garden Days at The Cloisters
Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8
Visit the Trie Café to celebrate the wonderful aromatic herbs of
season. Enjoy our "Garden Days" signature sandwich, Smoked Salmon on
Brioche. The Trie Café is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to
4:15 p.m..
More Information

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Spring at The Cloisters

Monday, June 2, 1:00–4:00 p.m. and 6:00–9:00 p.m.

For President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, Sponsor, and Donor Members.

Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the art and
architecture of medieval Europe, houses an outstanding collection
of sculptures, manuscripts, metalwork, tapestries, and stained glass,
as well as three outdoor gardens. For further information, please call

Image: Corn Poppy [Papaver rhoeas],The Cloisters. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art Selected Galleries and Jeff Koons on the Roof Reception

Thursday, June 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

For Donor and Contributing Members.

With the New York skyline as a backdrop, enjoy an installation of several meticulously crafted sculptures by American artist Jeff Koons. Selected galleries in Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art will also be open for view. For further information, please call 212-570-3753.

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Free Weekend Lectures

Free weekend lectures are available to Family/Dual, Sustaining, Contributing, Donor, Sponsor, Patron, Patron Circle, and President’s Circle
Members. Admission is free, but tickets are required. You may reserve a
ticket by calling 212-650-2819 or by presenting a valid Membership card
at the entrance of The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. If additional
tickets are available at the time of the lecture, Members at all levels are welcome.

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m.; Sunday, May 18, 1:00 p.m.
Lecturer: Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
About the exhibition

J. M. W. Turner
Saturday, June 28, 11:00 a.m.
Lecturer: Kathryn Calley Galitz, Assistant Curator, Department of
Nineteenth-Century European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
About the exhibition

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Friends Who Help Provide for the Met’s Future

The William Society
was established in 1991 to thank and recognize those friends who
include the Museum in their estate plans. Today we have more than 600
members around the world. The Met is fortunate to have had many
generations of friends who have contributed immeasurably to the growth
of the Museum’s collections, endowment, and programs.

The William Society Gazette, the group’s annual newsletter,
includes information about planned gifts, profiles of donors who have
made life-income gifts, and news about special events for William
Society members. See the Spring 2008 issue of the Gazette (PDF).

If you would like to receive a copy of the Gazette by mail or more information about a bequest or life-income gift, please contact Planned Giving at 212-570-3796 or

Image: Statuette of a Hippopotamus,
a. 1981-1885 B.C.E.; Dynasty 12; Middle Kingdom
Egyptian; Middle Egypt, Meir. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1917 (17.9.1) .

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Open Memorial Day

The Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum, including select
galleries, public restaurants, and shops, will be open for Memorial
Day, Monday, May 26. Please note that The Trustees Dining Room will not
be open.

Learn about Met Holiday Monday Family Programs.

Met Holiday Monday is sponsored by Bloomberg.

Become a Member

Give to the Membership Annual Appeal

Whether you choose to contribute to our annual appeal, purchase tickets to a benefit event, or give directly to one of our Greatest Needs, your support is vital to the success of this institution.

Thank you for your generosity.

Save the Dates!

Young Members Summer Party
Thursday, July 10
Tickets for this event for Members between 21 and 35 are $75 for Members and $125 for non-Members (price includes a one-year Met Net Membership). Tickets go on sale next week!

Summer Dinner Dance
Wednesday, July 16
This black-tie midsummer celebration for Sustaining and Supporting Members is $400 per person. Please call 212-570-3753 for more information.

Met Family Podcasts

For younger audiences between 7 and 12 years old, a new storytelling
series focuses on myths, legends, and other stories related to works in
the Museum’s collection. The podcasts are told in an engaging style
that includes sound effects and music.

This episode features "Peach Blossom Spring," an ancient Chinese poem by Tao Qian.

Subscribe to receive new episodes automatically or access our archive. For more information, visit Met Podcast.

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A vibrant selection of images reproduced from original works in the
Museum’s collection by European and American masters including Monet,
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Non-Member Price: $21.95

Members Only Double Discount Days

Through May 11th
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Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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