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Levels of Membership

Demonstrate your support of the Smithsonian by joining The Smithsonian Associates—and begin enjoying your benefits today!

Resident Associate $45.00 - $59.99 and Above Join
  • Members-Only Ticket Priority – Get your tickets before they go on sale to the general public (Some exclusions may apply)
  • Ability to purchase one ticket per program at the discounted member price (savings of 25%-40%)
  • Subscription to the monthly Smithsonian Associates program guide, which includes descriptions of over 750 programs annually including lectures, performances, trips, studio arts courses, and much more!
  • 20% discount at SmithsonianStore.com during special Member Days sales
  • 10% discount at Smithsonian museum shops, SmithsonianStore.com and select Smithsonian museum restaurants
  • 10% discount on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Discounts on Art Collectors Program fine-arts prints
  • Eligibility to participate in travel programs sponsored by Smithsonian Journeys
Resident Enthusiast $60.00 - $79.99 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Ability to purchase up to six tickets per program at the discounted member price (savings of 25%-40%)
Resident Champion $80.00 - $99.99 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Smithsonian Magazine delivered to your home
  • Recognition on The Smithsonian Associates website
Resident Promoter $100.00 - $174.99 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Access to exclusive complimentary tours of Smithsonian exhibitions throughout the year
Resident Advocate $175.00 - $299.99 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Advance digital copy of the monthly Smithsonian Associates program guide
  • Two complimentary tickets to one exclusive after-hours Mingle at the Museum member event
  • Access to VIP pavilion, activities, and seating at the popular annual Breakfast at the Zoo
Resident Contributor $300.00 - $599.99 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Advance ticket purchasing by phone for high-demand programs, including Smithsonian Summer Camp registrations
  • Complimentary tickets for you and one guest to a lecture or performance
  • Invitation for you and one guest to a Smithsonian Insider event during the year
  • No handling fees on phone purchases
  • Recognition on The Smithsonian Associates annual donor list in the Smithsonian Associates program guide
Resident Patron $600.00 - $999.99 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Early admission to select premier headliner events
  • Complimentary invitation for you and one guest to two exclusive Meeting the Masters receptions with world-class presenters
  • Exclusive updates from The Smithsonian Associates Director regarding significant Smithsonian developments
  • Recognition on The Smithsonian Associates Annual Donor Plaque at our headquarters on the National Mall
  • Copy of the Smithsonian’s annual report
Resident Sponsor $1,000.00 - $2,499.99 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Complimentary VIP tickets and parking for you and one guest for the popular annual Breakfast at the Zoo
  • Advance ticket purchasing for embassy programs and receptions
  • Priority seating at select Smithsonian Associates programs
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with a docent
  • Eligibility to purchase tickets for bus trips to out-of-town Smithsonian events
Resident Partner $2,500.00 - $4,999.99 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Private tour of a Smithsonian exhibition for you and three guests
  • Invitation for two to the Annual Smithsonian Weekend, including complimentary receptions, behind-the-scenes tours, and a black-tie dinner at one of the Smithsonian museums
  • Dedicated concierge phone line for inquiries and tickets
  • Recognition in the Smithsonian’s annual report
Resident Benefactor $5,000.00 and Above Join
All Preceding Benefits Plus:
  • Recognition as a sponsor of a selected Smithsonian Associates program
  • Complimentary VIP tickets and parking for you and five guests for the popular annual Breakfast at the Zoo
  • Priority seating at all Smithsonian Associates programs
  • Additional 20% discount on member prices for Art Collectors Program fine-arts prints


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