View this newsletter in your web browser.

Dear Membership News Subscriber,

We invite you to become a Member of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and to play a vital role in our mission to further appreciation and knowledge of works of art that represent the broadest spectrum and highest level of achievement.

As a Member, you will be invited to special exhibition previews and receptions. You will also have access to exclusive online features, dining privileges, discounts on audio guide rentals, and discounts on all purchases in the Museum’s stores in the United States and on the Museum’s website.

Become a Member today!

In This Issue

Members Lecture and Preview
Summer Dining and
Receptions and Special
    Gallery Viewing
Children’s Art Classes
    for Members
Young Members Summer Party
Summer Dinner Dance
Rate Change Ahead for
    Gift Annuities
Corporate Benefit

Members Lecture and Preview

J.M.W. Turner
Kathryn Calley Galitz, assistant curator of nineteenth-century European paintings in the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Saturday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m., The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

This weekend lecture is available to Members at the President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, Sponsor, Donor, Contributing, Sustaining, and Family/Dual levels. Admission is free. Present your valid Membership card at the entrance to The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. If seats are available at the time of the lecture, Members at all levels are welcome.

Following the lecture, enjoy a Members–only preview of the special exhibition, J.M.W Turner, which opens to the public July 1.

Image: The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834 (detail), 1835, by Joseph Mallord William Turner. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Howard McFadden Collections, 1928.

  Send to a Friend

Summer Dining and Celebrations

As a special summer benefit, Family/Dual, Individual, and Associate Members are invited to enjoy Friday and Saturday dinner and weekend brunch in The Trustees Dining Room through September 28. The Trustees Dining Room offers a unique, special tasting menu each month. Join us in June for the "Dining along the Mediterranean" menu that explores the tastes of Morocco, Spain, Greece, and Italy.

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

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

  Send to a Friend

Receptions and Special Gallery Viewing

Jeff Koons on the Roof Reception and Special Gallery Viewing
Thursday, June 12, 6:00–8:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

Donor and Contributing Members are invited to enjoy an installation of sculptures by American artist Jeff Koons set in the most dramatic outdoor space for sculpture in New York City—The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden—with a spectacular view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

This same evening, selected galleries in Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art will be open.

For further information, please call 212-570-3753.

Apollo Circle Party on the Roof
Thursday, June 19, 6:30–9:00 p.m. (rain or shine)

The Apollo Circle, a vibrant group of young friends of the Museum ages 21 to 39, participates in a variety of educational and social activities. Members are invited to celebrate summer with a special reception and sunset viewing of the exhibition Jeff Koons on the Roof in The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.

For further information, please call 212- 650-2371 or email

  Send to a Friend

Children’s Art Classes for Members

Art programs for children of Members at the Family/Dual level and above offer children the unique experience of learning about art and creating their own works in a studio setting or in the Museum’s galleries. Students ages 3 to 14 have the opportunity to explore and discover the Museum’s collection.

For more information, please call 212-650-2819, or register now for summer classes.

  Send to a Friend

Young Members Summer Party

Museum Members between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to the Young Members Party on Thursday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m. This event will take place in the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court and in The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden (weather permitting). Tickets are $75 per person for Members and $125 per person for non-Members (including a one-year Met Net Membership).

This event sold out last year!

For more information or to purchase tickets, please see Young Members Party, or call 212-650-2218.

  Send to a Friend

Summer Dinner Dance

President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, Sponsor, Donor, Contributing, Sustaining, Apollo Circle and Met Family Circle Members are invited to the Museum’s annual Summer Dinner Dance. This black-tie midsummer celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 16. Tickets are $400 per person.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 212-570-3753.

  Send to a Friend

Rate Change Ahead for Gift Annuities

Due to declining interest rates, the Metropolitan will lower charitable gift annuity rates on July 1, 2008 to follow the recommendations of the American Council on Gift Annuities, which establishes rates for charities nationwide.

A charitable gift annuity can be established with a gift of $10,000 or more. Donor benefits include:

  • A secure stream of income for life for yourself or someone you care about
  • Higher income and reduced taxes from long held, but underperforming, stocks
  • An immediate tax deduction
  • Protection from stock market volatility
  • Membership in The William Society

For an illustration of how a gift annuity can work for you, 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).

  Send to a Friend

Corporate Benefit

This year’s Corporate Benefit will take place on Monday, June 23 and will honor Kenneth D. Lewis, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Bank of America. This event, which includes cocktails, dinner, and an exhibition viewing, will raise general operating support for all of the Museum’s activities.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please see Benefit Party Tickets, call 212-570-3947, or email

  Send to a Friend

Become a Member

Alternative Access to the Museum

Members may enter the Museum at 81st Street and use our new Burke Hall Membership Desk in the recently renovated Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education while a portion of the front steps are under construction.

This entrance provides easy access to the galleries and has its own coat check and gift shop. The Membership Desk is located directly across from the new Nolan Library.

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.

Met Podcast

Gustave Courbet
Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, visits the New York studio of painter John Currin to discuss the special exhibition "Gustave Courbet."

Subscribe to receive new episodes automatically or enjoy any past audio programs from the archive on the Museum website. For more information, visit Met Podcast.

Garden Tours at The Cloisters

Offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 1:00 p.m., Garden Tours include horticultural, architectural, and historical information and are free with Museum admission for individual visitors. Reservations are not required.

While visiting, enjoy a light meal or snack at the Trie Café, open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

To plan your visit, see The Cloisters museum and gardens.

Travel with the Met

These enriching journeys offer inspiring educational opportunities and exciting destinations.

The Magic of Morocco (PDF)
November 7–18, 2008

Appreciate the art, culture, and cuisine of this sophisticated country. Visit Rabat and the imperial cities of Meknes and Fez. The trip concludes in Marrakesh.

Land rate: $6,995

For a list of upcoming trips or more information, please visit Travel with the Met or call 212-650-2110.

Met Store Featured Item

Audubon’s Birds of America: The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio

This authoritative volume, featuring reproductions of Audubon’s magnificent hand-colored engravings, will be enjoyed by art lovers and bird lovers alike.

Member Price: $99
Non-Member Price: $110

Our Summer Sale has begun at The Met Store. Save 20% to 50% off original prices on selected merchandise.

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

Recommended same-day admission to the Main Building of the Museum and The Cloisters museum and gardens is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Admission is free to Members and children under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult. See Admissions to purchase advance admission from TicketWeb.

Members receive free admission for one year to the Museum and The Cloisters museum and gardens.

Your support makes a difference. Learn about how you can help the Museum meet its Greatest Needs.

Unsubscribe from this email list.

Change your email address.

Comments are welcome at

Photographs: Evan Lee

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028