Skip to main content


Membership contributions to Smithsonian Associates are a charitable contribution.
No refunds are issued for membership contributions.
  1. Why are there so many Smithsonian memberships?
    The Smithsonian offers many membership options to reflect the varied tastes and interests of its supporters. Depending on the interest, individuals can choose to support the activities of a particular museum, the National Zoo, or a research institute. There are three Smithsonian-wide memberships—Smithsonian Associates, Friends of the Smithsonian, and National Associates—each offering different, valuable benefits.
  2. Why should I support Smithsonian Associates?

    Smithsonian Associates puts the Smithsonian's vast knowledge network at your fingertips. Although Smithsonian Associates is part of the Smithsonian, we receive no federal funds, relying on individual contributions to help bridge the gap between program expenses and ticket revenues.

    When you join Smithsonian Associates as a member, you receive many valuable benefits such as savings of up to 35% on tickets to most of the 750 educational and cultural programs annually, discounts at Smithsonian museum shops, several museum restaurants, Smithsonian catalogue,, exclusive members-only programs, and much more.

    Become a member today!
  3. What is the difference between a Smithsonian Associates membership and a Friends of the Smithsonian membership?
    A Smithsonian Associates membership directly supports Smithsonian Associates programing and outreach efforts. Membership support is crucial to carry on our work. Friends of the Smithsonian is a national membership which helps fund research, outreach, exhibitions, and scholarship across all Smithsonian museums and programs.
  4. Can I transfer my Friends of the Smithsonian membership to a Smithsonian Associates membership?

    Yes! Friends of the Smithsonian members may transfer to the Smithsonian Associates to show their support and receive enhanced benefits. Contact us for assistance in transferring your membership.

    Contact us

  5. How do I purchase a gift certificate or give a gift membership?
    Purchase a gift certificate online

    You may also purchase a gift certificate by contacting our customer service team. Your gift recipient will receive notification of your generosity in approximately two weeks from the time we receive your order.

    Contact us

  6. When can I expect to receive my first Smithsonian magazine and the Smithsonian Associates program guide after signing up for membership?
    It takes six to eight weeks for you to receive your first Smithsonian magazine and four to six weeks for the Smithsonian Associates program guide.
  7. How long does it take to get my Smithsonian Associates membership card after purchasing a membership?
    Download your membership card

    We print and mail membership cards upon request. You can download your membership card electronically and print it out at home or store it on your mobile device.

  8. How do I update my address?
    Update your address online

    You may also write us with your new address. Please allow 6 weeks for the change to take effect.