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Membership for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Become a member and take advantage of all the National Building Museum has to offer! Enjoy discounts and insider privileges, plus the satisfaction of knowing you support the nation's leading cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating the building arts. Members enjoy these and other exclusive benefits:

  • Discounts in the Museum Shop and on public program registration 
  • Access to members-only events and programs 
  • Subscription to the Museum's monthly calendar of events 
  • Members receive free admission to our exhibitions; see membership levels below for details

General Membership

Individual $60 (fully tax deductible)

  • One free admission to our exhibitions per day
  • Advance notice of activities through the Calendar of Events
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and curator-led tours
  • Access to members-only Construction Watch Tours
  • Savings on education programs
  • 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases

Dual $80 (fully tax deductible)

Membership privileges (see above) for two adults at the same address

  • Includes two free admissions to our exhibitions per day

Family $90 (fully tax deductible)

Individual membership privileges for two adults and their children, plus:

  • Includes six admissions (two adults, four youth) to our exhibitions per day
  • Complimentary admission to select family programs
  • Advance registration and savings on summer camp
  • Access to Museum birthday parties

Student $40 (fully tax deductible)

Benefits of an Individual membership
Available to full-time students with proof of enrollment

Senior $50 (fully tax deductible)

Benefits of an Individual membership
Available to adults age 60 and older

The Keystone Society 

Emerging professionals enjoy a post-lecture reception in the Pension Commissioner's Suite.
Photo by Kevin Allen Photography

The Keystone Society is the Museum’s membership group for emerging professionals, providing them with an engaging way to support the Museum’s mission while enjoying unique educational, social, and networking opportunities. In addition to the benefits of a membership at the Individual level, the Keystone Society members enjoy curator-led tours, networking opportunities, and other special events throughout the year.

Keystone Society $75 ($60 tax deductible)

Benefits of Individual membership, plus:

  • Free admission for one to Keystone Society events planned for emerging professionals
  • Special Keystone Society program announcements and email offers
  • Two Member-for-a Day guest passes

Keystone Society Dual $100 ($70 tax deductible)

Keystone Society membership privileges for two adults at the same address


The Builders 

Full-scale replica of a portion of the prefabricated Glidehouse™, as installed in The Green House.
© Gretchen Franti / Hoachlander Davis Photograph

Members of The Builders enrich the core of the Museum's mission even further while enjoying invitations to exclusive events, additional discounts in the Museum Shop, and access to world renowned speakers.

Builder Friend $150 ($120 tax deductible)

Benefits of Family membership, plus:

  • Invitations to exhibition opening receptions
  • 15% discount on Museum Shop purchases
  • Advance registration for Construction Watch Tours
  • Four Member-for-a Day guest passes

Builder Fellow $250 ($220 tax deductible)

Benefits of a Builder Friend member, plus:

  • Two complimentary tickets to one on-site public lecture program
  • One complimentary tour of the Museum’s landmark home for up to six guests, upon request
  • Recognition in the Museum’s annual report
  • Two additional Member-for-a Day guest passes (six total)
  • One coupon for $5 off a purchase of $50 or more atthe Museum Shop

Builder Contributor $500 ($450 tax deductible)

Benefits of a Builder Fellow member, plus:

  • Accommodations for two additional guests (eight total) on one complimentary tour of the Museum's landmark home, upon request
  • Two additional Member-for-a Day guest passes (eight total)
  • An additional coupon for $5 off a purchase of $50 or more at the Museum Shop (two coupons total)
  • Complimentary Museum publication, selected by the Museum

The Corinthians  

234 busts representing the building occupations— created to replace the missing originals—fill the niches about the center court.

Members of The Corinthians are philanthropic partners that provide substantial annual support to the Museum, generously sustaining the Museum's programming efforts.

Individual Corinthian Membership Benefits:

Corinthian Friend $1,000 - $2,449 (all but $50 tax deductible)

 Benefits of a Builder Contributor member, plus:

  • Invitations to the Corinthian Holiday Party and other special events
  • Participate in the executive director’s Annual Forum and State of the Museum Address, which features a first look at exhibitions and programs,
    updates on new initiatives and the institution’s strategic plan, as well as a Q&A session with executives to address members’ interests
  • Priority entrance to special exhibitions
  • Complimentary admission for two to public programs taking place at the Museum
  • Access for two to exclusive behind-the-scenes tours at premier architectural sites
  • Two additional Member-for-a Day guest passes (ten total)
  • Recognition on the Corinthian roster on the Museum’s website and the Annual Report
  • One complimentary coffee at Firehook Café & Bakery
  • One Builder Friend level gift membership
  • Subscription to the Museum's Calendar of Events
  • 20% discount on Museum Shop purchases

Corinthian Fellow $2,500 - $4,999 (all but $250 tax deductible)

Benefits of a Corinthian Friend, plus:

  • Access the Museum’s permanent collections up-close through the new series In the Vault; a biannual, intimate “show & tell”
    in the Museum’s restricted areas by preservation experts
  • Use of the Museum’s Corinthian Lounge during business hours (subject to availability, advance notice and/or associated cost)
  • Complimentary parking in the Museum’s private lot on evenings and weekends (subject to availability)
  • Invitation for two to a dinner with the Museum’s Executive Director and other distinguished guests
  • Private, curator-led tour of an exhibition, upon request
  • One additional Builder Friend level gift membership (two total)

Corinthian Contributor $5,000 - $9,999 (variable deductibility) 

Benefits of a Corinthian Fellow, plus:

  • Invitations to participate in the Museum’s behind-the-scenes initiatives In Progress and From Start to Finish,
    showcasing how the Museum is shaping the way people think about the built environment
  • Invitation for two to attend a dinner with the Museum’s executive director and a visiting architect, designer, and/or specialist
  • Invitation for two to an exclusive dinner with the Museum’s chair and other distinguished guests
  • Private tour of the Museum’s collections for up to ten guests (subject to advance notice)
  • Listing on the Honor Roll of Donors panel in the Museum’s Great Hall
  • One additional Builder Friend level gift membership (three total)
  • One use of the Pension Commissioner’s Suite (subject to availability, advance notice, and/or associated cost)

Corinthian Patron $10,000 - $24,999 (variable deductibility)

Benefits of a Corinthian Contributor, plus:

  • Invitation for two to a reception hosted by the executive director at his personal residence
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Vincent Scully Prize dinner
  • Use of the Beverly Willis Library*
  • Complimentary invitation to the VIP reception for the Honor Award and an invitation to attend the Henry C. Turner Prize dinner
  • Early-viewing hours before the Museum is open to the public, from 9 am to 10 am the second Tuesday of each month*
  • Invitations to off-site events, such as Embassy sponsored dinners and receptions
  • Concierge services for select Museum visits, including exhibition ticket assistance and private tours
  • One additional Builder Friend level gift membership (four total)

Corinthian Benefactor $25,000 and above (variable deductibility)

Benefits of a Corinthian Patron, plus:

  • Two tickets to the televised Christmas in Washington concert
  • Annual opportunity for name recognition in exhibitions or for programming
  • Priority seating at the Vincent Scully Prize dinner
  • Private briefing and lunch with the executive director and board chair
  • Become a Museum Ambassador and serve alongside the executive director to welcome luminaries such as past award recipients Robert A.M. Stern, Jeanne Gang, and Frank Gehry at select Spotlight on Design lectures, the Vincent Scully Prize, the Henry C. Turner Prize, or the Honor Award. Ambassadors are also invited to attend intimate gatherings and events associated with our signature lecture series and internationally recognized prizes
  • Access to the executive director’s direct telephone number
  • Complimentary admission for two to special Museum symposia*
  • Host a customized event in your home with the executive director
  • Invitation to be recognized for your support on the Museum’s website in Profiles in Philanthropy
  • One additional Builder Friend level gift memberships (five total)
  • 20% discount on one use of the Museum’s Great Hall
  • One use of the Museum’s Auditorium*

*subject to availability, advance notice, and/or associated cost; please contact Membership staff for more information

Questions? Contact the Membership Manager at 202.272.2448, ext. 3200 or e-mail membership@nbm.org.

The National Building Museum is a nonprofit organization certified 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax-deductible to the maximum allowable extent of the law. The Museum's tax identification number is 52-1050999. To obtain a copy of the organization's most recent audited financial statement or other financial information, please contact: The Development Department, National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, or call 202.272.2448, ext. 3500.