Friends of the Thomas J. Watson Library


The Friends of the Thomas J. Watson Library brings together enthusiasts of books and learning, and supporters of research and scholarship. Through their annual contributions, which support the purchase of rare and antiquarian materials as well as of core resources, the Friends play an active role in expanding and preserving one of the great art libraries of the world. Friends programs include behind-the-scenes collection and exhibition tours with curatorial staff as well as visits to other institutions, galleries, historic sites, artists' studios, and libraries elsewhere in the city.

Annual dues: $4,500 ($3,452 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $3,500 ($2,452 is tax deductible)

For more information please contact Ken Soehner at 212-570-3934 or ken.soehner@metmuseum.org.

Highlights of Past Events 

  • A curator-led tour of The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a private lunch
  • "And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris," a special presentation by author Alan Riding, followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception
  • A behind-the-scenes visit to the textile conservation facility within the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, led by Conservator in Charge Florica Zaharia
  • A tour of Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society, with Roberta Olson, curator of drawings at the Society, followed by a reception at a private home
  • Annual meeting showcasing new acquisitions purchased with Friends funds
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Stories and Glories: World Mythology at the Met (Ages 6–8)
December 19, 2014 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] Sold Out
Pause for Pegasus: The Inspiration of Antiquity (Ages 9–12)
December 19, 2014 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] Sold Out
New! Art Afternoons: Digital Art (Ages 9–12)
January 22, 2015 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] $425 for the eight-session class

Last updated: Thursday, December 18