James Smithson

Membership Levels

Members of the James Smithson Society enjoy a carefully selected range of benefits and privileges.

Friends of the Smithsonian Benefits available to all Smithson Society Members

  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts.
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, and the online Smithsonian Catalog and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian’s IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center located on the National Mall in Washington, DC
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • A gift edition of a major new Smithsonian exhibition catalog or publication
  • An annual invitation to a private lecture by a distinguished Smithsonian curator, scholar, or expert
  • Updates on important Smithsonian initiatives and news from Institution leadership
  • Invitations to members-only tours or receptions that give insight into the Smithsonian’s newest exhibitions and latest research
  • Receipt of the Smithsonian annual report, a comprehensive overview of the Smithsonian’s achievements and priorities
  • Opportunity to receive periodic updates and publications when you choose one of the following special areas of interest at the Smithsonian: Art, History, Science, Culture, or Education.
  • Invitation to the annual Castle Circle reception and special behind-the scenes tours
  • Personal assistance with planning a visit to Smithsonian Affiliate museums or Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions

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S. Dillon Ripley Circle $2,500-$4,999

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  • An invitation for two to the Annual Smithsonian Weekend, including elegant receptions in prominent Smithsonian venues, behind-the-scenes tours led by curators and scholars, the Secretary’s Keynote Address, and a black-tie dinner with Smithsonian leadership held at one of the Smithsonian museums
  • Private receptions and early entry at selected Friends of the Smithsonian events
  • Invitation to an additional exclusive James Smithson Society exhibition opening or behind-the-scenes tour
  • Invitation to annual Food for Thought luncheon series, and opportunity to sponsor
  • Weekend parking at the National Museum of Natural History with presentation of Smithson Society membership card (subject to availability)
  • Assistance from Smithson Society staff when planning a visit to Smithsonian museums
  • Subscription to the Smithson Connections newsletter
  • Recognition in the annual report and other publications
  • Personal access to Smithson Society staff through the Society’s direct phone line

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Samuel Pierpont Langley Circle $5,000-$9,999

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All of the benefits of the Ripley Circle, plus:

  • Invitation to participate in conference calls with a Smithsonian scientist, curator, or fellow
  • A private, scholar-hosted tour in a Smithsonian museum, research center, or Affiliate museum upon request
  • A $150-level (Archivist Circle) Friends of the Smithsonian membership to give as a gift
  • Free parking passes for the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia for up to 6 visits annually
  • Invitations to special Smithsonian events across the country

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Joseph Henry Circle $10,000-$19,999

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All of the benefits of the Langley Circle, plus:

  • Invitation to an exclusive Henry Circle event during the Members’ Weekend
  • Complimentary tickets for two guests to accompany you to the Smithson Society Dinner
  • Special recognition in the Members’ Weekend Dinner Program
  • Weekday parking during daytime-scheduled Smithson Society programs (Upon request with a required 72-hour notice and subject to availability)
  • Opportunity to consult with a Smithsonian curator about an object the donor owns or is considering purchasing (note: By appointment. Curator will not be able to assess value but can advise on authenticity, provenance, and condition.)

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John Quincy Adams Circle $20,000 and above

John Quincy Adams

All of the benefits of the Henry Circle, plus:

  • Invitation for two to the annual Adams Circle private reception and dinner with museum leaders, along with special access to Smithsonian collections through tours
  • Opportunity for a personalized tour of a new exhibition with the organizing curator
  • An opportunity to visit one of the Smithsonian’s research centers across the United States or Panama
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* Program schedule available at www.ResidentAssociates.org .

Only members in the Washington, DC region receive event invitations. Members who reside elsewhere may elect to receive these benefits by contacting the Friends of the Smithsonian office.

Members may also choose to waive any or all benefits to increase the amount of their dues that directly benefit the Smithsonian and to increase the tax-deductible amount of their gift.

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