As a Member of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), you will provide direct support to the NMAI so that the museum can fulfill its mission to celebrate, preserve, and perpetuate the Native cultures and communities of the Western Hemisphere.

Annual dues begin at just $25, and all NMAI Members receive a one-year subscription to our exclusive, full-color quarterly publication, American Indian, as well as discounts on purchases at NMAI museum stores, and at the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe. Additional benefits vary according to the level of support, and we invite you to choose a category of membership that represents the degree to which you wish to support the National Museum of the American Indian.

Please join or renew your existing membership online or by calling Member Services toll free at 1-800-242-NMAI (6624). You can also fax or mail your dues using our printable form.

Member Benefits & Levels

Golden Prairie Circle (individual membership) | $25

  • NMAI Member Card
  • One-year subscription to NMAI's full color, quarterly publication, American Indian
  • Free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (present your NMAI Member card)
  • Annual listing on NMAI's electronic Roll of Members and Donors
  • 20% Members-only discount on books purchased from the NMAI toll-free number
  • 10% discount on all purchases from NMAI museum stores
  • 10% discount at the Zagat-rated Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe
  • Member alerts for Museum programs, including films, music, art, and more
  • A portion of your contribution is tax-deductible

Riverbed Circle (individual membership) | $35

  • All of the above PLUS
  • A Certificate of Appreciation, suitable for framing
  • Monthly public programs notifications—mailed to members in the Washington, D.C. (D.C., Md., Va.) and New York (Conn., N.J., N.Y.) regions.

Everglades Circle (dual/family membership) | $50

  • All of the above PLUS
  • A second Member card, which includes all benefits of Membership
  • A child's gift certificate, redeemable when you visit an NMAI Museum Store
  • An invitation for two to special Members-only events at the museum

Sky Meadows Circle | $100

  • All of the above PLUS
  • NMAI Member lapel pin
  • Invitations to special exhibition openings and Members-only events

Boundary Waters Circle | $250

  • All of the above PLUS
  • Members-only tour at the Cultural Resources Center, including informational sessions with museum staff
  • Special NMAI exhibition catalogue or publication

Desert Sands Circle | $500

  • All of the above PLUS
  • Private tour of the Mall Museum or Heye Center in New York City (scheduling required)
  • Annual recognition in American Indian, NMAI's quarterly publication
  • Invitation to an exclusive reception with the museum's director

Director's Council of Friends | $1,000

Director's Council of Friends | $2,500

  • All of the above PLUS
  • Gift Membership in the Sky Meadows Circle for a family member or friend
  • Recognition in the Smithsonian's Annual Report

Director's Council of Friends | $5,000 and above

  • All of the above PLUS
  • Opportunity to meet with museum director Dr. Cynthia Chavez Lamar or an NMAI curator (arrangements will need to be made in advance)

Membership Level Names: The indigenous peoples who first inhabited the Americas, from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, respected and protected the land. In recognition of this special relationship to natural surroundings, our categories of membership have names that are evocative of the prairies, riverbeds, everglades, meadows, boundary waters, and deserts of the Western Hemisphere.

The Wellspring Society

If you would prefer to support the NMAI with monthly donations instead of annual membership renewals, please consider joining the Wellspring Society of NMAI Membership. Wellspring Society Members designate a specific amount—as little as $8 or as much as $50 or more—to be automatically deducted from their banking account or charged to their credit card by NMAI each month. Since this type of membership never expires, Wellspring Society Members never receive renewal notices. Please visit our Wellspring Society page to learn more.

How you can increase the size of your gift: Many companies will match their employees' contributions to the NMAI. Please inquire with your Human Resources office and submit a matching gift form with your membership donation.

The NMAI occasionally exchanges the names and addresses of its donors with other reputable organizations. By allowing us to exchange your name and address, you will be helping to encourage the support of new donors in a cost-effective manner. If you do not wish your name and address to be exchanged, please notify Member Services.