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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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Questions about your membership or becoming a member? Please contact Jane Kestner at KestnerJ@si.edu or 202.633.0417.


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Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation. Learn more »