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.
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, SmithsonianStore.com, exclusive members-only
programs, and much more.
Become a member today!
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.
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.
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 calling our Customer Service team.
Your gift recipient will receive notification of your generosity in approximately
two weeks from the time we receive your order.
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.
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.
How do I change my address?