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Although the Fourth of July has passed, there’s still much to celebrate at the Met—especially for Members. Our youngest guests may be out of school, but the Museum’s summer semester of Children’s Art Classes will keep them learning—and entertained. Young Members can enjoy live music and an exclusive discount on select Fridays. We can hardly wait for the Summer Fête, which promises to be a glamorous affair. And all summer long, our excellent dining options for Members are guaranteed to refresh and delight.

If you’d like to join in on the fun, become a Member today. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In This Issue

Children’s Art Classes

Summer Fête

New Menus for Summer

For Young Members

Patrons Lounge
    Services and Tea

Also of Interest

Children’s Art Classes

Drawing in the Galleries—Summer Semester
Usually reserved for Members, non-Members have a special opportunity to participate in Children’s Art Classes during the summer semester.

What better setting for our youngest guests to learn to create and appreciate art than the Metropolitan Museum? Children’s art classes provide kids in grades three through eight with the unique experience of drawing from the Met’s incomparable collection.

Students will explore a variety of drawing techniques and materials as they visit a new gallery for each project and create their own artworks based on what they see. Children will be introduced to elements of drawing such as line, shape, value, color, pattern, scale, perspective, and composition. They will create landscapes, still lifes, portraits, figure drawings, and more. Each child’s particular interests, abilities, and creativity are encouraged.

To register for this class or for more information, please call 212-650-2819 or email

If you are unable to enroll for the full semester, please join several classes. The fee for the 12-session semester is $240 or $20 per class.

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Summer Fête

Join today and attend the Summer Fête. See below for details.

Experience an unforgettable evening on Wednesday, July 15, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Sip cocktails and socialize under the stars on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden (weather permitting) while taking in Roxy Paine’s striking sculpture Maelstrom and the finest view in Manhattan. The festivities continue in the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court, where you will enjoy an elegant dinner and dance amid masterpieces of Italian and French sculpture.

New Member tickets are $590 and include a one-year Family/Dual Membership. Tickets may be purchased online. Dress is cocktail attire. For more information, please call Karen Rienzi at 212-570-3887 or email

We would like you to know that when you purchase tickets to the Summer Fête, you not only gain access to a wonderful event but also greatly help to support the operations of the Museum.

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New Menus for Summer

Enjoy the sophisticated ambience, delectable seasonal menu, and beautiful view of Central Park in The Trustees Dining Room. During the summer all Members are welcome to Friday and Saturday dinner and weekend brunch in this lovely space, and are encouraged to inquire about weekday lunch reservations.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage, we are pleased to offer our Hudson River Sail tasting menu this summer. Featuring ingredients from local farms, the tasting menu is a delicious celebration of the agriculture of New York. The four-course menu costs $59 per person.

In addition to the tasting menu, we are serving a special light summer menu on Friday and Saturday evenings. The two-course prix fixe dinner costs $32 per person. Additional courses and à la carte menu items are also available.

For reservations or inquiries, please call 212-570-3975.

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For Young Members

Summer Fridays

We invite Young Members and Apollo Circle Members to partake in a special series of "Summer Fridays" in the Petrie Court Wine Bar and Café. This intimate wine bar boasts fine international cuisine and an excellent rotating selection of wines. Join us on July 31 and August 28 for live music and a special offer for Members: a free glass of wine with dinner and 20% off your bill.* The last seating in the Wine Bar and Café is at 8:30 p.m. See sample menus. For reservations, please call 212-570-3964.

* Discount does not include alcoholic beverages.

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Patrons Lounge Services and Tea

The Patrons Lounge is open to President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, and Sponsor Members. Enhance your Museum visit with tea, coffee, espresso, and cocktails while relaxing in a comfortable, art-filled setting. For your enjoyment, we are pleased to provide light music and a small library. Wireless Internet is also available. Our hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Afternoon Tea
President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, Sponsor, and Donor Members may enjoy afternoon tea in The Patrons Lounge. Savor classic English tea sandwiches, scones, and special sweets. Tea is served Tuesday through Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and costs $21 per person. Reservations are required; please call 212-570-3999.

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Also of Interest

Michelangelo’s First Painting
The special exhibition Michelangelo’s First Painting presents The Torment of Saint Anthony, the first known painting by Michelangelo Buonarroti, believed to have been created when he was 12 or 13 years old. Although it has been known to scholars since the 1830s, the work has not always received proper attention. Accumulations of discolored varnish and disfiguring overpaints had obscured the qualities of the picture’s masterful execution and remarkable color palette. The painting, recently acquired by the Kimbell Art Museum, has undergone conservation and technical examination at the Metropolitan Museum.

The New American Wing
First Lady Michelle Obama was our guest of honor at the inauguration of The New American Wing. Visit our video playlist on the Met’s YouTube Channel to hear Mrs. Obama’s inspiring speech and see the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Sunday at the Met—Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages
On July 19, the leading authority on information design, Edward Tufte, will discuss how drawings from the Middle Ages exhibit "graphical excellence." This event, free with Museum admission, will be held in conjunction with the special exhibition Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages.

Image: The Torment of Saint Anthony, ca. 1487–88. Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564). Tempera and oil on wood. Lent by The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth.

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Travel with the Met

Glamorous Indochine (PDF)

January 9–26, 2009

Explore tropical Luang Prabang and the colonial city of Vientiane, in Laos. Continue to Ho Chi Minh City and embark the M.V. Jayavarman for a voyage along the Mekong River. Conclude in Phnom Penh and stay in Siem Reap to discover the ruins at Angkor Wat. Optional prelude in Bangkok.
Land/cruise rate: $10,950

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

The Met Store’s Featured Item

Eliot Porter Deluxe Engagement Calendar

This handsome calendar reproduces all of the works from the American photographer’s celebrated 1979 exhibition "Intimate Landscapes," the first one-person show of color photography at The Metropolitan.

Member Price: $19.75
Non-Member Price: $21.95

Preview our new calendars for 2010 and save on special sets through August 19.

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

Garden Tours at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Offered Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00 p.m., these tours provide visitors with horticultural, architectural, and historical information about The Cloisters and are free with Museum admission.

The Medieval Garden Enclosed

The Medieval Garden Enclosed is a blog dedicated to the plants and gardens of The Cloisters. Learn how to find and grow medieval herbs and flowers, discuss the long histories of many familiar garden plants, and discover which roadside weeds were once valued medicinals.

Creative Gifts

Did you know that your retirement account or life insurance policy can be designated as an ultimate gift for the Met in your estate plans? These gifts can be arranged easily by contacting your insurer or the company that manages your retirement account and requesting the appropriate form.

These thoughtful gifts for the future of the Museum also qualify you automatically for Membership in The William Society. More information about how to include the Metropolitan in your estate plans can be found here.

Met Podcast Episode

In this podcast episode, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Museum’s Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, talks with Robert Ellison about his remarkable collection of American ceramics, a promised gift to the Museum.

Audio Guides

Members always receive a discount on Audio Guides, which provide insightful commentary developed by curators and educators about works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection and select special exhibitions. This month, Audio Guides are available for the exhibitions Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective and The New American Wing, among others.

"Afghanistan" Audio Message
Listen to an exclusive Audio Guide message about Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul on the exhibition page. Be sure to rent the Audio Guide when visiting this exhibition to learn much more.

Special Offer
The Audio Guide is available to all Museum Members and visitors for $5 after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

For more information, including rental rates, see our Audio Guides page.

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

Members receive a full year of benefits including free admission to the Museum and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, and much more.

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

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