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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

Join Friends of the Smithsonian today!

A Sustaining Fellows Membership

honors your ongoing cumulative giving to the Friends of the Smithsonian.

Castle Circle Membership

Join 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.

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William Hopkins and Richard Anderson
Arlington, VA

“In the Smithsonian we have found a cause to give to that inspires and educates so many, and in all areas of human achievement.”