Castle Circle tour

Castle Circle

Castle Circle members enjoy exclusive benefits, including invitations to events throughout the Smithsonian. Lectures by renowned scholars, special guided tours of Smithsonian collections, invitations to receptions, and other special events—these await you when you join the Castle Circle!

With an annual gift of $1,000 to $2,499, you will receive a complimentary copy of the annual Smithsonian guidebook, a gift edition copy of an exhibition catalogue, and special events of Castle Circle members to mark your important role in the life of our Institution. And you will also enjoy all Friends of the Smithsonian benefits!

As a Castle Circle member, you will regularly go behind the scenes at one of the world’s great institutions of learning. And you will provide essential support to help the Smithsonian burn bright as a beacon of learning.

We're Still Here for You

I hope this note finds you and your family safe and well.

As you may know, Smithsonian museums are temporarily closed to the public. As the current health crisis continues to evolve and more information regarding the virus comes to light, and in the interest of the team’s health and safety, the Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement has placed an immediate hold on any functions that require our presence in the office for the next two weeks. Regrettably this means we will not have access to our office to process any membership contributions sent by mail, or mail any membership packets or membership cards.

We know you support the Smithsonian because you believe in its mission, and, when our offices reopen, we will be pleased to acknowledge your generosity. In the meantime, should you have any questions about your membership, please contact us via email at or by phone at 202-633-2040. If you are interested in renewing your membership we invite you to do so online.

Thank you again for being a wonderful partner with us and so many other Americans across the entire nation in sustaining this great Institution. As you make decisions on where you will give during these uncertain times, we hope you will keep the Smithsonian in mind as our researchers, scientists, educational programmers and National Zoo staff continue to do their work to keep our necessary programs up and running. Please know that our many online resources are available to you and your family during this time.

We will get through these uncertain times. Please take care of yourselves, stay safe, and be well.

With warm wishes and endless gratitude,

Colleen S. Morith
Assistant Director, Smithsonian Giving Circles