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Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 12/21/2017
Last grant data update: 04/12/2018

At A Glance

Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.

488 Madison Ave., 9th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022-5723

Telephone: (212) 661-1967


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1943 in NY - The Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 1943 to serve as a vehicle for its founder's benefactions in the field of the visual arts. On Mr. Lehman's death in 1969, his entire collection, one of the most extraordinary and wide-ranging in the world, was bequeathed to the foundation. After considering various alternatives, the foundation entered into negotiations with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, of which Mr. Lehman had been Chair. These negotiations were quickly brought to a conclusion, and on Jan. 30, 1970, the collection of more than three thousand works of art, dating from the early Renaissance to the 20th Century, was transferred to the Metropolitan Museum, where it is housed today in the Robert Lehman Wing

Purpose and Activities

Support for the maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the Robert Lehman collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; giving to museums, arts organizations, educational institutions and other cultural organizations with the goal of enhancing the role of the visual arts within American and world culture.