Friends of the Smithsonian

Every membership provides the Smithsonian with the philanthropic support we need to thrive.

Friends of the Smithsonian

Every membership provides the Smithsonian with the philanthropic support we need to thrive.

Membership

At the heart of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research centers and the National Zoo are the people who sustain our commitment to celebrating our nation’s history, our art and science, our inventions – and preserving them for future generations.

Private support through Friends of the Smithsonian membership plays a pivotal role in every Smithsonian experience. It is essential to this institution and its mission.  Donors can choose to provide unrestricted support through a variety of Friends membership programs which offer exclusive benefits, privileges and recognition. 

If you choose to join as a $1,000 Castle Circle member or a member of the James Smithson Society, where annual gifts start at $2,500, you will be part of an extraordinarily dedicated group of friends and experience the wonders of the Smithsonian in a more engaged and rewarding way, with additional, specially designed benefits.

When you become a Friends of the Smithsonian member you become part of an important philanthropic group. Collectively, the Friends help make possible the one-of-a-kind exhibitions, programs, website content, research and educational resources that people associate with the Smithsonian.   

Membership support enriches the lives of children, families and adults who seek knowledge and meaningful entertainment from the Smithsonian, across the country and around the world. 

Please join us today.

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