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The Modern Circle

The Modern Circle brings together patrons and collectors in support of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. Friends benefit from a rich and varied program of events, while their contributions ensure the success of the Museum and the Department's activities, including acquisitions and publications. The group enjoys about eight gatherings per year, including curator-led tours of exhibitions, visits to contemporary artists' studios, private collection viewings, exclusive presentations of recent acquisitions, privileged access to contemporary art fairs, and international travel opportunities.

Annual Dues: $15,000 (a portion of dues is tax-deductible)

The Modern Circle also receives the benefits of a Patron Circle Membership at The Met, including:

  • free, express admission to all of The Met's locations with up to four accompanied guests;
  • special access to the collection and new exhibitions during Morning Hours, Preview Days, Evening Receptions, and The Met After Hours;
  • invitations to Members-only events, concerts, and curator talks;
  • access to the Members-only spaces in the Museum;
  • 10% discount on all public restaurants and venues at The Met, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Store;
  • subscriptions to the What's On calendar and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin; and
  • reciprocal benefits at sixteen museums nationwide.

Membership is offered by invitation only.

For more information, please contact Michaela Bubier at

Highlights of Past Events

  • Private visits to artist studios and architecture firms. Past visits have included Jeff Koons, Cecily Brown, Bjarke Ingels, Amy Sillman, Steven Holl Architects, Toshiko Mori Architect, and Diller Scofidio + Renfo
  • Special behind the scenes performances. The Modern Circle attended the Met Opera dress rehearsal for William Kentridge's production of Lulu (2015), with reception and remarks by the artist
  • Evenings at the Museum with artists, collectors, and scholars. Past events include: an evening with Elizabeth Peyton featuring the exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and a tour with collectors Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan of the exhibition, Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Gift
  • Annual dinner featuring curator and artist-led presentations
  • Reception with the artist for annual Roof Garden commissions
  • Exclusive visits to important private collections.

Above: Al Held (American, 1928–2005). Taxi Cab III (detail), 1959. Acrylic on paper, mounted on canvas; 107 1/2 x 368 1/2 in. (273.1 x 934.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Robert Miller and Purchase, George A. Hearn Fund, 1987 (1987.156)