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The Membership Experience

Your membership vitally supports the American Folk Art Museum’s mission to uphold the legacy of traditional folk art and self-taught art. All memberships are 100 percent tax deductible.

Special Opportunities

  • Invitations for two to opening-night exhibition receptions
  • Eligibility to participate in tours of private home collections, galleries, and other museums
  • Invitations to Folk Art Friends weeks, with special events for you and your accompanying guests
  • Exclusive passes to various art shows in New York City

Enhanced Learning

  • Invitations to curator-led tours at the museum
  • Discounted admission to all educational and public programs


  • Receive your choice of the Antiques & Fine Art MagazineMagazine Antiques, or Modern Magazine
  • Stay informed with the museum’s monthly e-mail newsletter

Shop Discounts

  • 10 percent discount on all purchases at the Museum Shop plus special opportunities for extra discounts
  • Discounts at local shops and restaurants—click here for more information

For questions, to purchase by phone, or to purchase a gift membership, please contact the membership department at 212. 595. 9533, ext. 313, or


Membership Levels

General Membership
Individual $70
Senior $60
Student/Educator $60
Dual/Family $90

U.S. members living 150 miles outside of New York City may deduct $10 from General Membership Categories. Non-U.S. members, please add $10.

Patron Membership
Becoming a Patron Member is the best way to enrich your experience and make a lasting contribution to the museum’s exhibitions, permanent collection, and educational programs.

Contributing $150
General Membership benefits for two adults plus:

  • Special Patron Member gift from the Museum Shop, including selected exhibition catalogs
  • Reciprocal membership and discounts at more than one thousand participating museums throughout the United States

Sustaining $250
All Contributing Patron Membership benefits plus:

  • Four complimentary tickets to public programs ($40–200 value) within the year

Benefactor $500
All Sustaining Patron Membership benefits plus:

  • Name recognition in the museum’s annual report
  • Invitations to private gallery talks with curators and to other special events

Director’s Circle $1,000
All Benefactor Patron Membership benefits plus:

  • Invitations for two to VIP preview exhibition receptions and other exclusive events
  • Gift membership at Dual/Family level to share with friends or family

Folk Art Circle $2,500
All Director’s Circle Patron Membership benefits plus:

  • Name recognition on donor signage in the museum
  • Private curator-led tour on request for up to six guests
  • Name recognition as the sponsor of a museum object on display

Young Folk $150
Special opportunity for members in their twenties and thirties

  • General Membership benefits plus invitations to Young Folk parties, collection tours, and more