Membership Levels & Benefits

Basic Membership Levels

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Annual Basic Membership Benefits

  • Free unlimited admission to the museum
  • Discounted registration fees for Institute programs and events
  • 10 percent discount in the museum shop
  • Personalized membership card(s)
  • Newsletter and calendar of events
  • Invitations and e-vites to special members-only events
  • Reciprocal benefits through the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program, which gives members free admission to and museum shop discounts at selected museums in New York state

Student/Teacher $25

Annual basic benefits for one student or teacher. Your membership will be activated upon our receipt of a copy of your school identification badge or other proof of school district employment.

Senior $45

Annual basic benefits for one senior (age 62 and over)

Individual $50

Annual basic benefits for one adult

Dual $75

Annual basic benefits for two adults

Family $85

Annual basic benefits for two adults, all children, and grandchildren under age eighteen

Contributing Membership Levels

Includes all annual basic benefits, plus…

Supporter $150

  • Annual and contributing group benefits for two adults, and all children and grandchildren under age eighteen
  • Membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, which gives you free admission and other benefits at more than 800 museums throughout the United States and Canada
  • Two complimentary guest passes for museum admission

Sponsor $250

  • Annual and contributing group benefits for two adults, and all children and grandchildren under age eighteen
  • Membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, which gives you free admission and other benefits at more than 800 museums throughout the United States and Canada
  • Four complimentary guest passes for museum admission
  • Invitations to special "behind-the-scenes" events with Albany Institute staff

Sustainer $500

  • Annual and contributing group benefits for two adults, and all children and grandchildren under age eighteen
  • Membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, which gives you free admission and other benefits at more than 800 museums throughout the United States and Canada
  • Four complimentary guest passes for museum admission
  • Invitations to special " behind-the-scenes" events with Albany Institute staff
  • A complimentary individual membership for a friend or relative
  • Invitation to an event hosted by the museum director

Patron of the Arts $1,000

  • Annual and contributing group benefits for two adults, and all children and grandchildren under age eighteen
  • Membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, which gives you free admission and other benefits at more than 800 museums throughout the United States and Canada
  • Four complimentary guest passes for museum admission
  • Invitations to special " behind-the-scenes" events with Albany Institute staff
  • A complimentary family membership for a friend or relative
  • Invitation to an event hosted by the museum director

Benefactor $5,000+

  • Annual and contributing group benefits for two adults, and all children and grandchildren under age eighteen
  • Membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, which gives you free admission and other benefits at more than 800 museums throughout the United States and Canada
  • Four complimentary guest passes for museum admission
  • Invitations to special " behind-the-scenes" events with Albany Institute staff
  • A complimentary family membership for a friend or relative
  • Invitation to an event hosted by the museum director