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Membership Levels

By joining the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, you receive special "insider" access to the museums; invitations to custom-designed trips led by curators and art experts to collections throughout the United States and around the world; the best seats in the house for any Meyer Auditorium concert, film, performance, or lecture . . . and much, much more! Qualifying contributions confer membership for one calendar year and entitle two people to participate in all events.

($) - denotes extra charge
(R) - reservation required


Patron Membership Levels and Benefits


PATRONS' CIRCLE ($1,500–$2,999)

  • Complimentary subscription to Friends monthly newsletter
  • Prominent listing in annual report
  • Complimentary copy of one exhibition catalogue (selected by the museums)
  • Discount of 20% at the museum shop
  • Discount of 25% on subscriptions to Orientations magazine
  • Priority seating at concerts and films (R)
  • Members-only exhibition opening receptions (R)
  • Monthly insider opportunities, such as curator-led exhibition tours (R)
  • Invitation to the Annual Friends Dinner ($)
  • Invitation to participate in curator-led U.S. tours ($)

The value of Patrons' Circle benefits is $225 and the remainder is tax-deductible.


DIRECTOR'S CIRCLE ($3,000–$4,999)

Enjoy the privileges of the Patrons' Circle benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to participate in curator-led international tours ($)
  • Invitation to New Acquisition Show & Tell, featuring the museums' newly acquired objects (R)
  • Invitation to a Friends weekend in New York during Asia Week (R)
  • Complimentary invitation to the Annual Friends Dinner (R)
  • Complimentary copy of one additional exhibition catalogue (selected by the museums)

The value of Director's Circle benefits is $555 and the remainder is tax-deductible.


FOUNDERS' CIRCLE ($5,000–$9,999)

Enjoy the privileges of the Director's Circle, plus:

  • Invitation to Reception with the Artists and concert (R)
  • Prominent listing of your name on donor panels displayed in both Galleries
  • Complimentary subscription to annual journal  Ars  Orientalis
  • Discounted accommodation and dining at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The value of Founders' Circle benefits is $625 and the remainder is tax-deductible.


SPONSORS' CIRCLE ($10,000–$19,999)

Enjoy the privileges of the Founders' Circle, plus:

  • Personalized tour of the collection and cocktails for you and four guests (upon request)

The value of Sponsors' Circle benefits is $725 and the remainder is tax-deductible.


LEADERSHIP CIRCLE ($20,000 and above)

Members of the Leadership Circle provide the Galleries with crucial funding for special projects identified by the museum director. Each year, members vote to apply a portion of the Leadership Circle's annual giving to one of these projects. 

Enjoy all privileges of the Sponsors' Circle, plus:

  • Invitation to a dinner with the director and a curator of your choice
  • Recognition in all support materials for the project your donation directly funds
  • Invitation to an annual dinner with members of the Board of Trustees

The value of Leadership Circle benefits is $1,125 and the remainder is tax-deductible.


Associate Membership Levels and Benefits


CONTRIBUTORS ($250-$499)

  • Invitation to one special event (R)
  • Priority seating at select films (R)
  • Complimentary art publication
  • Subscription to Curatorial and Associates E-newsletters
  • 25% discount on Orientations magazine subscription
  • Advance invitation to annual Gala

The value of Contributor’s Circle benefits is $35 and the remainder is tax-deductible.


SUPPORTERS ($500-$1,499)

Enjoy the privileges of the Contributors circle, plus:

  • Invitation to one exhibition opening reception (R)
  • Invitation to one curator-led exhibition tour (R)
  • Listing in Annual Report

The value of Supporter’s Circle benefits is $80 and the remainder is tax-deductible.

For more information, please contact Jane Kestner at 202.633.0417 or KestnerJ@si.edu.

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