Thank you for your commitment to the Smithsonian!
Our members are the backbone of the Smithsonian Institution, and your decision to join James Smithson Society is deeply appreciated by all of us here.
Every day, our curators, historians, scientists and other staff dedicate themselves to preserving our history and sharing it, free of charge, with the world. Your generosity helps provide that one-of-a-kind Smithsonian experience to every visitor who walks through our doors, fund new research, and maintain the Smithsonian exhibits and gardens.
We are proud of the world-class exhibits, constantly evolving educational programs, art installations, and ground-breaking scientific research that make up the Smithsonian Institution. And it's inspiring to see that we have so many supporters like you, who are committed to helping us reach as many people as possible. Friends of the Smithsonian like you will keep us going strong – and opening minds – in the years to come.
Thank you again for your commitment to ensuring the future of the Smithsonian, and for giving more people the chance to share in the unmatched Smithsonian experience. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your membership contribution shortly. Your new membership card and welcome package with your official notice of tax-deductibility will arrive in the mail in the next couple of weeks.
Through your membership, you receive an array of exceptionally valuable benefits that will enhance your appreciation of the Smithsonian. Your benefits include an annual subscription to Smithsonian magazine, an exclusive 20% discount in Smithsonian Museum Stores, discounts at selected Smithsonian dining facilities, and a Smithsonian annual calendar.
A Smithsonian annual engagement calendar with full-color images of exceptional art and artifacts.
Subscription to Smithsonian, the award-winning magazine of the arts, sciences and history.
20% discount in Smithsonian Museum Stores*; 10% discount with the Smithsonian Catalogue, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and online; and at selected Smithsonian dining facilities.
Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically in the Member Reception Center.
Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian’s IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium.
Admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City.
A complimentary copy of the annual Smithsonian museum guidebook.
Invitation to a special welcome event for new members at a Smithsonian venue.
Plus all benefits received at the Scholar level
A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition.
An annual invitation to a members-only lecture by a distinguished Smithsonian curator, scholar or expert.
Updates on important initiatives and museum news from Smithsonian leadership.
Plus all the benefits received at the Archivist level
Invitations to after-hours, behind-the-scenes tour or receptions that give insight into the Smithsonian's latest exhibitions and research.
Receipt of the Smithsonian Annual Report, which provides an overview of the Smithsonian's achievements and priorities.
Opportunity to receive periodic updates and publications when you choose one of the following special areas of interest at the Smithsonian: Art, History, Science, Culture or Education.
Plus all the benefits received a the Researcher level
Castle Circle benefits
A specially-designed commemorative gift to recognize your participation in the Castle Circle.
Invitation to the annual Castle Circle after-hours reception and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours.
Your own personal representative at the Smithsonian and a dedicated phone line.
Assistance with planning a visit to Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., and New York City; Smithsonian Affiliate museums; or Smithsonian Institution.
Traveling Exhibition Service installations at venues across the United States.
Special Castle Circle Insider’s Report sent annually with information and updates on new Smithsonian initiatives.
Plus the benefits received at the Curator level:
S. Dillon Ripley Circle benefits
Invitation for two to the Annual Smithsonian Weekend, including elegant receptions in prominent Smithsonian venues, behind-the-scenes tours led by curators and scholars, the Secretary’s Keynote Address and a black-tie dinner with Smithsonian leadership held at a Smithsonian museum.
Private receptions and early entry at select Friends of the Smithsonian events.
Invitation to an exclusive James Smithson Society exhibition opening or behind-the-scenes tour.
Invitation to the annual Food for Thought luncheon series and opportunity to sponsor.
Weekend parking at the National Museum of Natural History with presentation of Smithson Society membership card (subject to availability).
Assistance from Smithson Society staff when planning a visit to Smithsonian museums.
Subscription to the Smithson Connections newsletter.
Recognition in the annual report and other publications.
Personal access to Smithson Society staff through the Society’s direct phone line.
Plus the benefits received at the Castle Circle level:
Samuel Pierpont Langley Circle benefits
Invitation to participate in conference calls with a Smithsonian scientist, curator or fellow.
A private, scholar-hosted tour in a Smithsonian museum, research center or Affiliate museum upon request.
A $150-level Friends of the Smithsonian membership to give as a gift.
Invitations to special Smithsonian events across the country.
Plus the benefits received at the S. Dillon Ripley Circle level:
Joseph Henry Circle benefits
Invitation to an exclusive event during the Annual Smithsonian Weekend.
Special recognition in the Annual Smithsonian Weekend Dinner Program.
Weekday parking during daytime-scheduled Smithson Society programs (upon request with a required 72-hour notice and subject to availability).
Opportunity to consult with a Smithsonian curator about an object the donor owns or is considering purchasing (by appointment).
Plus the benefits received at the Samuel Pierpont Langley Circle level:
John Quincy Adams Circle benefits
Invitation for two to the annual Adams Circle private reception and dinner with museum leaders, along with special access to Smithsonian collections through tours.
Opportunity for a personalized tour of a new exhibition with the organizing curator.
An opportunity to visit one of the Smithsonian’s research centers across the United States or Panama.
Plus the benefits received at the Joseph Henry Circle level:
Castle Circle: Other Amount benefits
James Smithson Society: Other Amount benefits
Other Amount benefits