Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program

Current Smithsonian Affiliates may offer their members an annual Smithsonian Affiliate Membership as part of their organization’s basic or premium membership package.

Two Memberships in One – “Affiliate members” receive the organization’s benefits PLUS a national membership from the Smithsonian.

What are the benefits of offering Smithsonian Affiliate Membership to our members?

Smithsonian level members enjoy the benefits of the local Affiliate PLUS an annual Smithsonian membership, which includes:

  • Smithsonian magazine (one year subscription) or Air & Space Magazine (seven issues)
  • A personalized Smithsonian Affiliate membership card
  • Free admission to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, NY
  • 10% discounts on café dining at Smithsonian Museum’s in DC
  • 10% discount on all Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • 10% discount on all IMAX tickets at the Smithsonian
  • Reciprocal Admission/Discount benefits at participating Smithsonian Affiliates
  • Additional Smithsonian benefits can be found here. Benefits on Smithsonian.com are subject to change.

How does the program work?

After you have read through these details, have your Affiliate membership staff member contact Christina DiMeglio Lopez, or your National Outreach Manager to learn more.

The Smithsonian Affiliate Membership program is typically included as part of an Affiliate’s basic or premium membership package. Smithsonian level members enjoy the dual benefits of your organization’s program as well as an annual Smithsonian membership.

How it works:

  • $12.00 is the Affiliate cost of this benefit per member. This is the lowest offered membership rate from the Smithsonian. The general public pays a much higher rate for similar types of Smithsonian benefits. (The newsstand price for a one year subscription to Smithsonian Magazine is $48; the Smithsonian National Associate membership – $27).
  • Smithsonian Affiliations encourages participants to sell the Smithsonian membership benefit at a rate higher than the $12 cost for a profit margin.
  • Comprehensive Plan – The most successful way of facilitating this additional membership is to integrate this into the full membership base, however it can be offered it in a variety of combinations and levels.
  • Upon the receipt of your members’ names and payment, Smithsonian Magazine will generate member magazine subscriptions and membership cards in 4 – 6 weeks. Members will also be mailed Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventure study tour information and the Smithsonian retail catalogue.
  • The Smithsonian will not solicit renewal of your Smithsonian Affiliate members or sell member information to a third party.
  • While Affiliate organizations may extend discounts to visiting Smithsonian Affiliate Members from other Affiliate museums and organizations, reciprocity is not required. Affiliates may determine their own policies with regard to visiting Smithsonian Institution Members (these are in the categories of Smithsonian National Associate, Smithsonian Resident Associate, or Friends of the Smithsonian).

An optional, added benefit is the Smithsonian Reciprocal Membership Program which is available to all participating Affiliates.

How is payment processed?

Smithsonian Affiliations payment processing is operated and provided by  Time Customer Service. (Privacy Policy and Terms of Service here.)  Please click on each link below to learn how to submit membership orders.

Payment Portal Video: How to process payments and troubleshooting tips.

Payment Processing FAQs: Quick facts and links to submitting membership payments.

User Guide: Step-by-step guide to order processing

Membership Submission Template: Excel spreadsheet example

Log in to the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Payment Portal

How do I market and promote membership?

The Smithsonian Affiliate membership logo is required to market and promote your participation as an Affiliate offering the Smithsonian Affiliate membership. It signals to your members that they are becoming a Smithsonian member. Logos should be used on site and on all membership marketing materials.

As with all Smithsonian printed materials, the use of the Smithsonian name and logo must be approved in advance. Logos are available from the Smithsonian Affiliations office. Copies of membership materials for review should go to Christina Di Meglio Lopez, dimeglioc@si.edu.

Additional ideas for promoting the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership can be found in this Marketing Toolbox.

Watch the introduction webinar for offering “Two Memberships in One.”