Explore a new way to get involved at The Met! Members of Curatorial Friends Groups enjoy unique opportunities to learn about the Museum and its collection, participate in special programs, and build relationships with curators and others who share similar interests, all in intimate, behind-the-scenes settings.
Friends Groups also represent an important source of support for new acquisitions and programming within each curatorial department. Annual dues range from $1,000 to $15,000 and include a complimentary Membership, recognition in the Museum's Annual Report, and other benefits; a portion of the dues is tax deductible. Programming for these private events generally takes place from September through June of each year.
Membership in a Curatorial Friends Group is by invitation. Contact information for each group is listed on the following pages. Please note that group sizes are limited and there are certain restrictions regarding art professionals.
This international group brings together individuals with a serious interest in, or simply curiosity about, the armorer's art and its manifestations across all places and times, to foster a wider appreciation and deeper understanding of this extraordinarily rich, diverse, and pervasive art form.
The Amati is a group of music lovers that meets four to five times a year for intimate recitals, talks, and private viewings of exhibitions related to historic instruments from the collection of the Department of Musical Instruments.
Founded in 1960 "to foster the growing interest of antiquarians, collectors, and students in the work of the American Wing," this group engages devotees of American art with its curator-led program of talks, tours, and opening receptions, complemented by visits to nearby private collections.
The William Cullen Bryant Fellows brings together collectors, scholars, and aficionados of historical American and Latin American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts.
The Friends of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas provides an opportunity for special access and ongoing engagement with the leading institutional collection of African, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art in North America and the unparalleled expertise of its curatorial specialists.
The Friends of Asian Art brings together individuals from around the world who have a serious interest in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and South and Southeast Asia to support the acquisitions and activities of the department and to foster a wider appreciation and understanding of Asian cultures.
Friends of The Costume Institute is an invited group of supporters who fund the department's acquisition, conservation, exhibition, and publications programs.
Named in honor of Jayne Wrightsman, the Wrightsman Fellows are a group of collectors and connoisseurs who participate in two exclusive events each season.
The Friends of Ancient Near Eastern Art is a group composed of individuals who are passionate about the art and culture of the ancient Near East.
The Friends of Islamic Art brings together an international group of people who share a keen interest in the art and culture of the Islamic world, giving members opportunities to participate in a variety of exciting and exclusive programs.
The Philodoroi is designed to bring collectors, devotees, and others who are passionate about classical and ancient art into closer contact with the Museum's collection and curators of the Department of Greek and Roman Art.
This group is designed to bring those passionate about works on paper into closer contact with the department's extraordinary holdings and its superb curatorial staff.