James Smithson Society

Become part of a dedicated group of Friends who make an annual gift of $2,500 or more.

James Smithson Society

"We think the James Smithson Society is a best-kept secret for anyone who is passionate about the Smithsonian." – Barbara Bonessa and Alan Perkins

James Smithson Society

As a James Smithson Society member, you will make a compelling difference in the life of the Smithsonian through your ongoing financial support and receive exclusive benefits and privileges created uniquely for you.

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As a special Smithsonian friend, you join in the legacy of our Founder, James Smithson, and are essential to the growth of our programs and initiatives. Without the support of James Smithson Society members, our innovative educational efforts, online outreach and important scholarly inquiry would be at risk. 

For an annual gift of $2,500 or more, James Smithson Society members are invited to join Smithsonian scholars, curators, explorers, and authors for exceptional events throughout the year - including most particularly, the memorable Annual Smithsonian Weekend.

If you are a deeply dedicated Smithsonian supporter and wish to experience an even closer relationship with this one-of-a-kind institution, please accept our cordial invitation to join the James Smithson Society today.

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