The Smithsonian Benefits from Your Gift (and So Do You!)
For decades, your friends and neighbors, and thousands of other Americans have given life to the Smithsonian through the Friends of the Smithsonian (formerly Contributing Membership) — and you can, too.
Every day, the Smithsonian opens its doors to a multitude of visitors who share in the wonder of discovery. And, families all across our nation have been thrilled by the sight of such iconic artifacts as Edison’s first light bulb — in their own home towns! — courtesy of the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibits.
Your Friends of the Smithsonian membership is critical to making this possible.
By joining Friends of the Smithsonian, you’ll enjoy special privileges and gifts, based on your membership level, such as:
- Smithsonian magazine
- Discounts in Smithsonian Museum Stores, the Smithsonian Catalogue, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
- A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian book, and more
If you live in or travel to the Washington, DC area, you will appreciate:
- Behind-the-scenes tours of the Smithsonian
- Special rates for IMAX® and Einstein Planetarium tickets
- Complimentary valet parking at member events
A Sustaining Fellows Membershiphonors your ongoing cumulative giving to the Friends of the Smithsonian.
Castle Circle MembershipJoin today, and help further the Smithsonian’s work in art, history, culture and science.
Renew, Join or Donate Online
The fastest way to put your philanthropic dollars to work is to renew your membership, become a member, or make an additional gift to the Institution online.