Member Levels & Benefits

  • Friends of the Smithsonian

  • Castle Circle

  • James Smithson Society

Friends of the Smithsonian

A membership in the Friends of the Smithsonian provides philanthropic support to the entire institution, including all of our museums, the National Zoo, our research centers, Smithsonian website, outreach programs and much more.

  • $75

    Scholar
  • $150

    Archivist
  • $250

    Researcher
  • $500

    Curator

Scholar Membership Benefits ($75 - $149)

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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Archivist Membership Benefits ($150 - $249)

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 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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition catalogue or publication.

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

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 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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

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.

Plus all the benefits received a the Researcher level

A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition catalogue or publication.

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

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 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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Castle Circle

To thank Castle Circle members for your especially generous support, we are pleased to offer these benefits, designed to enhance your relationship with the Smithsonian:

  • $1000

    Castle Circle

Castle Circle Membership Benefits ($1000)

Special invitations during the year to members-only tours, receptions and lectures. This includes one Castle Circle specific evening reception in a museum after hours.

Newsletters with insider information for our members.

Prominent recognition in the annual Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll.

A Castle Circle membership representative at the Smithsonian to respond to your inquiries, including help in planning a visit to the Smithsonian.

Plus the benefits received at the Curator 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.

Plus all the benefits received a the Researcher level

A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition catalogue or publication.

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

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 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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

James Smithson Society

Our most generous friends receive unique benefits designed to draw you into the heart of the Smithsonian and recognize your support in extraordinary ways. Please consider joining at one of these levels:

  • $2,500

    S. Dillon Ripley Circle
  • $5,000

    Samuel Pierpont Langley Circle
  • $10,000

    Joseph Henry Circle
  • $25,000

    John Quincy Adams Circle

S. Dillon Ripley Circle Membership Benefits ($2,500 – $4,999)

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.

Opportunity to sponsor and co-host the Food for Thought summer lecture series.

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:

Special invitations during the year to members-only tours, receptions and lectures. This includes one Castle Circle specific evening reception in a museum after hours.

Newsletters with insider information for our members.

Prominent recognition in the annual Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll.

A Castle Circle membership representative at the Smithsonian to respond to your inquiries, including help in planning a visit to the Smithsonian.

Plus the benefits received at the Curator 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.

Plus all the benefits received a the Researcher level

A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition catalogue or publication.

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

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 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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Samuel Pierpont Langley Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)

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:

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.

Opportunity to sponsor and co-host the Food for Thought summer lecture series.

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:

Special invitations during the year to members-only tours, receptions and lectures. This includes one Castle Circle specific evening reception in a museum after hours.

Newsletters with insider information for our members.

Prominent recognition in the annual Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll.

A Castle Circle membership representative at the Smithsonian to respond to your inquiries, including help in planning a visit to the Smithsonian.

Plus the benefits received at the Curator 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.

Plus all the benefits received a the Researcher level

A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition catalogue or publication.

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

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 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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Joseph Henry Circle Membership Benefits ($10,000 – $19,999)

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:

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:

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.

Opportunity to sponsor and co-host the Food for Thought summer lecture series.

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:

Special invitations during the year to members-only tours, receptions and lectures. This includes one Castle Circle specific evening reception in a museum after hours.

Newsletters with insider information for our members.

Prominent recognition in the annual Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll.

A Castle Circle membership representative at the Smithsonian to respond to your inquiries, including help in planning a visit to the Smithsonian.

Plus the benefits received at the Curator 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.

Plus all the benefits received a the Researcher level

A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition catalogue or publication.

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

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 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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

John Quincy Adams Circle Membership Benefits ($25,000 and above)

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:

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:

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:

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.

Opportunity to sponsor and co-host the Food for Thought summer lecture series.

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:

Special invitations during the year to members-only tours, receptions and lectures. This includes one Castle Circle specific evening reception in a museum after hours.

Newsletters with insider information for our members.

Prominent recognition in the annual Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll.

A Castle Circle membership representative at the Smithsonian to respond to your inquiries, including help in planning a visit to the Smithsonian.

Plus the benefits received at the Curator 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.

Plus all the benefits received a the Researcher level

A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition catalogue or publication.

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

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 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, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

*Discount is good only on purchases up to $200.

An additional optional benefit is available to members of the Henry and Adams Circles. Members may choose two complimentary tickets for guests to the Annual Smithsonian Weekend's Smithson Dinner. (Due to the high market value of these benefits, your request for these benefits will decrease the tax-deductible portion of your membership dues. Please contact the Smithson Society for more information.)