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Help us preserve America's past and shape the future through innovative exhibitions, educational resources, and ground-breaking research. Smithsonian experts are addressing critical issues in the fields of science, history, art, and culture—issues that affect us all. Every gift or membership supports the vital work of the Smithsonian.

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Choose from a variety of Smithsonian membership opportunities which offer exclusive benefits, privileges, and recognition. Many of our museums and the zoo have membership programs as well, which you can learn about on their websites.


Friends of the Smithsonian

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

Join today for just $75 and enjoy these benefits:

  • Smithsonian Magazine—11 terrific issues delivered to your home.
  • Discounts—20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores.10% discount with the Smithsonian Catalogue, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and online; and at selected Smithsonian dining facilities.
  • Annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts.
  • And more ...

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Smithsonian Associates  Membership

Smithsonian Associates offers Washington-area residents and anyone visiting the Nation’s Capital a rich array of lectures, classes, and special events. When you become a member, you'll be part of the largest museum-based cultural and educational program in the world and have special access to the Smithsonian's immense resources.

Membership benefits include:

  • A subscription to the monthly Smithsonian Associates program guide.
  • Savings of 30% to 40% on more than 750 educational and cultural programs offered annually, plus exclusive members-only events.
  • Discounts—10% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, selected dining facilities, the Smithsonian Catalog, and Folkways Recordings.
  • And more...

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National Associate Membership

Join today for just $26 and enjoy all these benefits:

  • Smithsonian Magazine—11 terrific issues delivered to your home.
  • Discounts—10% discounts at selected dining facilities when you visit the Smithsonian.
  • Personalized membership card identifying you as a proud member of this unique cultural institution.
  • Special members' behind-the-scenes Castle tour.
  • And more ...

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