Prepare to be enchanted this holiday season at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. From gorgeous Precolumbian gold objects to Caravaggio’s musicians to the contemporary sculptures of El Anatsui and Katrin Sigurdardottir, our galleries house works of art that will delight every family member and out-of-town guest. At The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, enjoy exquisite medieval art and architecture as well as the beautiful arches of ivy, lady apples, and hazelnuts that grace the Main Hall doorways each December.
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Image: Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche. Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964 (64.164.1–167).
The Trustees Dining Room invites you to experience a festive holiday tasting menu by Rodolfo Contreras, executive chef at the Guggenheim Museum’s Wright restaurant, for dinner on Friday, December 17, and Saturday, December 18. Dishes from the tasting menu will also be available à la carte during lunch Tuesday, December 21, through Friday, December 24.
Reservations are suggested. For more information, please call 212-570-3975 or see the Members-only section to make an online reservation.
Met Holiday Monday
Select galleries and shops in the Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 27, in honor of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Trustees Dining Room will be open for lunch at noon with the last seating at 2:30 p.m. See the online calendar to plan your visit.
Please note that The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, the Museum’s branch in northern Manhattan, is not open on Met Holiday Mondays.
For Members beginning at the Family/Dual level
Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance
Saturday, January 8, at 11:00 a.m. or Sunday, January 9, at 1:00 p.m.
Curator Maryan Ainsworth will explain how Jan Gossart became the pivotal Old Master who changed the course of Flemish art from the medieval craft tradition of its founder, Jan van Eyck, and charted new territory that eventually led to the great age of Peter Paul Rubens. This Members’ free lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance.
Holiday Shop with Extended Hours
Shop seven days a week until 7:00 p.m. at our Holiday Shop, located at the Museum’s 81st Street entrance. Extended hours end Thursday, December 30.
Fashion Meets Furniture:
A Conversation with Anna Sui
Friday, January 14, 6:00 p.m. ($25)
Fashion designer Anna Sui will join Joseph Cunningham, author of The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs; Andrew Bolton, curator in The Costume Institute; and Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, for a lively discussion on how Charles Rohlfs’s work influenced Anna Sui’s fall collection. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs.
See Concerts & Lectures for a full listing of events.
As a special privilege for ticket holders, non-Members are welcome to enjoy dinner in The Trustees Dining Room on the Friday or Saturday evening of a ticketed event.
Image: Charles Rohlfs (American, 1853–1936).
Tall-Back Chair from the Rohlfs Home, 1898–99. Princeton University Art Museum, Gift of Roland Rohlfs, Son of Charles Rohlfs.
Planned Giving: The William Society Gazette
The William Society Gazette features stories about different ways friends of the Museum support the Met’s future through planned gifts. See the latest issue (PDF).
The William Society is the Museum’s way of recognizing friends who have included the Metropolitan in their will or estate plan. For more information, please contact us by email at email@example.com or visit us online.
For President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, Sponsor, and Donor Members
Entertain a group of up to eight individuals in the art-filled Patron’s Lounge and enjoy an assortment of classic English tea sandwiches, scones, and special sweets. By reservation, afternoon tea is served Tuesday through Sunday from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and costs $21 per person.
Additional Patron’s Lounge services for President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, and Sponsor Members include:
• Tea, coffee, espresso, and cocktail service
• Assortments of sandwiches and small plates
• Private coat checking, rest rooms, and telephones
• Wireless Internet
• Special evening events
For more information or to place a reservation for afternoon tea, please call 212-570-3999.
Image: William McGregor Paxton (1869–1941). Tea Leaves, 1909. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of George A. Hearn, 1910 (10.64.8).
Image: Walls of Marrakesh.
Image: John Baldessari (American, b. 1931). Pelicans Staring at Woman with Nose Bleeding, 1984. Gelatin silver prints with oil tint; 30 1/4 x 64 3/4 in. (76.8 x 164.4 cm) overall. Collection of Wendy and Robert Brandow, Los Angeles. © John Baldessari
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; free to Members and children under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult. Save time by purchasing advance admission.
Members receive a full year of benefits, including free admission to the Main Building’s galleries and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, and much more.
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