Beyond the annual Smithsonian Affiliations fee of $3,000, costs may vary depending on the type and scope of collaboration activities. Artifact loans and traveling exhibitions may have costs associated with insurance, packing and shipping, conservation, copyright clearances, installation and de-installation, security, and travel. Traveling exhibits also have stated rental fees. Travel, lodging, and per diem is required for speakers and public program participants. In some cases, Affiliates may benefit from reduced or waived fees.
Costs associated with particular programs and activities are separate from and are not reduced by the annual Affiliations membership fee. Charges by Smithsonian museums and programs vary.