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Holiday Monday: Columbus Day

On October 13, the Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum—select
galleries and shops—will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in honor
of Columbus Day. See the online calendar for a list of the day’s Holiday Monday Family Programs.

A variety of dining options,
including the cafeteria, Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar, and the
Balcony Café, will be open until 4:30 p.m. Please note that The
Trustees Dining Room will not be open.

Met Holiday Mondays are sponsored by CIT.

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.

Important Dates for Members

Saturday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Photographing an Empire

Exclusive free lecture for Members

C. Brumfield, Architectural Historian, Photographer, and Professor of
Slavic Studies at Tulane University, will illustrate photography’s role
in defining a sense of place.

Tuesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.
Members-Only Tree Lighting

Supporting and Sustaining Members are invited for a special evening tree-lighting ceremony and reception.

Tickets: $200 per person

For more information, call 212-570-3887.

Wednesday, December 10 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Gala Dinner at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Supporting Members are invited to this black-tie evening for a seated dinner, gallery talks, and dancing.

Tickets: $400 per person

For further information, please call 212-570-3887.

The Met on YouTube

Complement a visit to with another great online resource: YouTube! The Met’s new YouTube channel features videos of Museum lectures, curatorial talks, and more.

Sunday at the Met Programs

Taualuga: The Last Dance
October 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Shigeyuki Kihara, Visual and Performance Artist

In a traditional Samoan context the taualuga is a dance of celebration.
In this special presentation, Samoan-born artist Shigeyuki Kihara
performs Taualuga: The Last Dance,
utilizing the principles of the taualuga as a form of storytelling to
reference history and mirror what is happening globally today. See the online calendar for complete details.

An Afternoon with El Anatsui
November 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Contemporary artist El Anatsui, whose work was recently acquired by the Met, is a centerpiece of the exhibition The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End. He will discuss his art in an interview with Alisa LaGamma, curator of the exhibition.

This program is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in
collaboration with New York University’s Africa House and Grey Art

Travel with the Met

South America and Easter Island (PDF)

March 618, 2009

Visit mysterious Easter Island, with its unspoiled scenery and
fascinating archaeological sites, and also explore the culturally rich
South American capital cities of Santiago and Buenos Aires.

Land rate: $9,995
For a list of upcoming trips or for more information, please visit Travel with the Met or call 212-650-2110.

Met Store Featured Item

Art of the Classical World in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This richly illustrated volume celebrates the Museum’s spectacular
Greek and Roman Galleries. Available in paper or hardcover.

Member Price: $40.50 (Paper); $67.50 (Hardcover)
Non-Member Price: $45.00 (Paper); $75.00 (Hardcover)

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

Met Podcast Episode

The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions
Narrated by curator Helen Evans, this illustrated Met Podcast episode
features commentary on a selection of the 84,000-plus works of art
acquired during the director’s tenure.

New Audio Guide

Get an up-close-and-personal tour of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions through engaging Audio Guide
commentary by prominent curators and educators. A recently added
segment features the works on view in the extraordinary exhibition, Giorgio Morandi, 1890–1964 (through December 14).

Museum Members receive a discount on Audio Guide rentals.

Rent 4 Audio Guides and the 5th one is free! Frequent Audio Guide User
Cards are available upon purchase of an Audio Guide and are valid at
the Audio Desks in the Great Hall, Burke Hall, and at stations located
at the entrances of select special exhibitions.

Special Dining Privileges

President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, Sponsor, Donor, Contributing, Sustaining, and FriendThe Trustees Dining Room at all times throughout the year. Upgrade your Membership to enjoy this benefit!

To celebrate The Philippe de Montebello Years, The Trustees Dining Room
is offering a French Classics tasting menu for the month of October.
Each weekend, Chef Fred Sabo along with Pastry Chef Randy Eastman are
creating classic French dishes inspired by the special exhibition
honoring Philippe de Montebello. For reservations, call 212-570-3975.
Members are eligible to dine in

Resources for Planned Giving

Are you curious about planned giving, but not sure where to start? We invite you to explore the Planned Giving section of our website, where you will find a variety of resources, including:

•  A Planned Giving Calculator,
which can provide you with an illustration of the income and tax
benefits you may enjoy if you establish a gift for the benefit of the

•  The language to use to leave a bequest to the Metropolitan in your will

•  Information about The William Society and about joining the group

•  A Planned Giving Glossary, which defines common words and phrases used for this type of philanthropy

If you would like to speak with someone in person about your options, please call the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796.