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NCMA members receive special invitations to events, free access to exhibitions, and discounts on concerts, food, merchandise, and more. Members also have the good feeling of knowing they are providing important support for the Museum's mission.

Become a Member

See all membership levels and their associated benefits in the dropdown menus below.

Join or Renew 

For your convenience we are pleased to offer automatic-renewal options on specific levels of membership. Choosing auto-renew saves you time and helps reduce the Museum’s carbon footprint by using less paper on future renewals.

Auto-Renew 

Contact

Contact the Membership Department with questions about your membership, member events, or for information on joining the Museum.

(919) 664-6754
membership@ncartmuseum.org

Gift of Membership

PURCHASE HERE 

Gifting a Museum membership is truly the gift that gives back. It is a great way to support the NCMA while also sharing your love of art with someone who matters to you. Membership gifts make a clear statement about what you feel is important—creating community through cultural experiences. Share the NCMA with those meaningful to you, and tell them why “membership matters.”

Have questions? Email membership@ncartmuseum.org or call (919) 664-6754, and we will be happy to assist you. 

Preview

Our newest issue of Preview magazine is lushly illustrated with a wide variety of art and experiences waiting for you at the NCMA this summer. Explore work by North Carolina Indigenous artists in the exhibition To Take Shape and Meaning. Read about Layered Legacies, the first quilt show held at the NCMA. Pick one of four itineraries for time spent on campus. Learn about native plants in the Museum Park. And check out the lineup of performances this summer and fall at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park.

Access back issues of Preview for interesting exhibition overviews, news on the collection, descriptions of outreach programs, and more.

Travel with the NCMA

Exclusive Collections of Venice: The Biennale and Beyond, September 19–25, 2024

Embark on exclusive viewings of the artworks of modern and contemporary masters at the esteemed Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Ca’Pesaro, Fondazione Prada, Palazzo Grassi, and other acclaimed venues. Expert guides will lead us on intimate explorations of iconic landmarks such as the Palazzo Ducale, once home to the doge of Venice. Witness the ancient art of glassblowing on the island of Murano and savor authentic Venetian cuisine in picturesque canal-side settings.

To secure your place for this exclusive art experience amid the beautiful canals of Venice, please contact our tour operator, Arrangements Abroad, at (800) 221-1944 or trips@arrangementsabroad.com.

Membership Levels

As a member you’ll enjoy free admission to exhibitions, invitations to special events, discounts in the Museum Store, and so much more! Memberships are good for one year, beginning when the membership is purchased and lasting 12 consecutive months. For Patron level and above memberships, you may waive your benefits; in that case your membership becomes 100 percent tax deductible, and no sales tax will be charged.

Individual

A basic Museum Membership provides a variety of benefits that give members free (or reduced) admission to programs, events, and activities.

  • $50 (fully tax deductible)
  • $40 Senior and Public Servant (educator, state employee, first responder, military, health care worker)
  • 1 free ticket per day for exhibitions
  • 2 exhibition guest passes

Join or Renew

Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All memberships, benefits, and levels are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Dual/Family

This level includes all the essential benefits of membership and is perfectly suited to couples and families or visitors with friends.

  • $75 (fully tax deductible)
  • $65 Senior and Public Servant (educator, state employee, first responder, military, health care worker)
  • 2 free Adults, 6 free children under 18 per day for paid exhibitions
  • 2 exhibition guest passes

Join or Renew

Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All memberships, benefits, and levels are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Patron

Unlock access to cultural experiences both near and far. Pack your museum membership benefits with you for your next travels.

      • $242.75 + $7.25 tax = $250 ($142.75 is tax deductible)
      • 2 free Adults, 6 free children under 18 per day for paid exhibitions
      • 2 exhibition guest passes
      • Invitation for 2 to the Museum’s annual Patron Party
      • NARM/ROAM/SERM reciprocal programs

Join or Renew

Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All memberships, benefits, and levels are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Benefactor

Elevate your experience and deepen your support. Gain exclusive access to behind-the-scenes events and concert tickets.

    • $587.67 + $12.33 tax = $600 ($417.67 is tax deductible)
    • 2 free Adults, 6 free children under 18 per day for paid exhibitions
    • 2 exhibition guest passes
    • Invitation for 2 to the Museum’s annual Patron Party
    • NARM/ROAM/SERM reciprocal programs
    • Admission to 1 outdoor concert (2 general admission tickets)

Join or Renew

Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All memberships, benefits, and levels are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Fellow

Fellow donors demonstrate a dedication to the Museum and its programs.

  • $1,228.61 + $21.29 tax = $1,250 ($955 is tax deductible)
  • Invitations to exhibition openings, Humber Dinner, and spring Director’s Circle event
  • Admission for 2 to an outdoor concert

Join or Renew

Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All memberships, benefits, and levels are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Director's Circle

Director’s Circle donors increase awareness of the permanent collection.

  • $2,960.48 + $39.52 = $3,000 ($2,455 is tax deductible)
  • Behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Invitations to exhibition openings, Humber Dinner, and spring Director’s Circle event
  • Admission for 2 to an outdoor concert

Join or Renew

Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All memberships, benefits, and levels are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Humber Society

Humber Society donors enhance the Museum’s national and international reputation.

  • $5,934.39 +$65.61 tax = $6,000 ($5,165 is tax deductible)
  • Behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Invitations to exhibition openings, Humber Dinner, and spring Director’s Circle event
  • Museum travel opportunities
  • Admission for 2 for 2 outdoor concerts (4 total tickets)

Join or Renew

Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All memberships, benefits, and levels are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

Collectors Cabinet

Collectors Cabinet donors ensure the presence of the most exceptional exhibitions and programs.

  • $9,919.89 + $80.11 tax = $10,000.00 ($8,895 is tax deductible)
  • Behind-the-scenes experiences
  • Invitations to exhibition openings, Humber Dinner, and spring Director’s Circle event
  • Invitation to Collectors Cabinet Dinner
  • Museum travel opportunities
  • Admission for 2 to 3 outdoor concerts (6 total tickets)

Join or Renew

Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

All memberships, benefits, and levels are subject to the rules and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

General

How do I log in as a member?

On the NCMA home page, click My Account near the top. You will either log in or register for an account (if it’s your first time logging in).

Please log in with one of the email addresses associated with your membership, as this is how our system will recognize you as a member. You don’t need to know your member number to log in.

Do I need to know my member number?

You don’t need your member number to log in or get tickets. Our online system will match the email you use to log in to your membership account. If you come to the Museum in person, we can look up your membership account by your name.

How do I update my contact information or the names on my membership?

To make any changes to your membership profile, please email us at membership@ncartmuseum.org.

Can I get a refund or transfer my membership?

Memberships are a tax-deductible gift to the Museum; therefore, they are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

What benefits come with my membership?

This chart shows the benefits provided at all membership levels.

Does membership include Art in Bloom tickets?

Art in Bloom is a fundraising event and not a ticketed exhibition included with membership. Members get early access and discounted tickets to Art in Bloom.

What is the best way to get in contact with the membership team?

You can reach the membership team by email (membership@ncartmuseum.org) or phone (919-664-6754) Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, excluding holidays. We try our best to get back to everyone within one business day.

Visiting

If I order a membership online, how soon can I use it?

Your year of membership begins as soon as your payment is processed. You can start visiting right away!

Digital membership cards are sent within a few days via email, and physical membership cards take up to three weeks via mail. You don’t need your membership card to visit.

When you order a membership online and want to use your member benefits immediately, you must finish the membership transaction and begin a new transaction. When you log in, you will see early access tickets as well as your membership discounts and free special exhibition tickets.

Do I need to reserve member exhibition tickets in advance?

We recommend making an advance reservation if you are visiting during peak times, such as holidays and the opening or closing day of an exhibition. Walk-ups are welcome as long as tickets are available.

Make exhibition ticket reservations

Do I need to make a reservation for Member Monday?

Reservations are not currently required for Member Mondays.

How many times can I come to a ticketed exhibition?

You may visit a ticketed exhibition as many times as you’d like! Your number of tickets corresponds to your membership level. For example, a Dual/Family member can receive tickets for two adults and up to six children once a day for the length of the exhibition.

Can I bring a nonmember with me to ticketed exhibitions or member events?

Members receive limited guest passes to bring additional guests to special exhibitions. Please see the next question for additional information on guest passes.

With Dual/Family membership and higher, a named member can bring another adult guest as the second adult to ticketed exhibitions.

For free member events such as Member Monday, you may bring a nonmember guest with you. For paid member events such as an exhibition opening, you will need to purchase tickets for nonmember guests.

How many guest passes do I get, and how do I use my guest passes?

Individual, Dual/Family, Patron, Sustainer, and Benefactor members receive two guest passes per membership year. Fellow, Director’s Circle, Humber Society, and Collectors Cabinet members receive four guest passes per membership year.

Online, guest passes can be selected as the price type when reserving exhibition tickets. You may also request your guest passes in person at the Tickets and Information Desk or when booking tickets over the phone with our visitor experience team at (919) 715-5923.

Can I buy additional exhibition tickets at a discounted rate?

No, any additional guests (outside of your guest passes) will have to pay full price for ticketed exhibitions.

Do I have reciprocity to visit other museums for free or with a discount? What museums do we have reciprocity with?

Patron, Benefactor, Fellow, Director’s Circle, Humber Society, and Collectors Cabinet members receive reciprocity at more than 1,500 other museums. Our reciprocity is through Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM), North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), and Southeastern Reciprocal Membership (SERM). Please check their websites for the most updated lists and to see what reciprocal museums offer in terms of free or reduced admission, as it can change from institution to institution.

Membership Cards

When and how will I receive my membership cards?

Physical cards are mailed to all members. They typically take around three weeks to reach mailboxes.

If you have not previously received a digital membership card, you will get an email with a link to download your membership card within a few days of your membership purchase.

Do I need my membership card to visit the Museum?

No! Members are always welcome to visit without their membership cards.

How do I access my digital membership card?

New members will automatically receive an email with a link to download their digital membership card. If you need the link resent, please contact us at membership@ncartmusuem.org.

For other questions about digital membership cards, please look at our guide to digital membership cards and watch the instructional video.

What do I do if I lose my membership card and need a replacement?

Please email us at membership@ncartmuseum.org to request membership cards to be resent.

Payment

If I renew early, will I lose time on my membership?

No! A full year will be added to the end of your current expiration date.

Is membership tax deductible?

Yes! Individual and Dual/Family memberships are fully tax deductible. Other membership levels’ deductibility are as follows: Patron $50, Sustainer $200, Benefactor $430, Fellow $955, Director’s Circle $2,455, Humber Society $5,165, Collectors Cabinet $8,895.

The amount of deductibility is determined by the fair market value of the cost-benefit amount of goods and services rendered. As a courtesy we send gift acknowledgments to everyone above the Patron level to confirm deductibility.

Can I pay for membership through a donor-advised fund, family foundation, IRA, or company matching gift?

You can pay for a membership through a donor-advised fund or family foundation but please be advised that, according to IRS policy, by doing so you are agreeing to decline your membership benefits. The IRS states that the Museum may not extend tangible benefits such as goods and services to those paying through a donor-advised fund or family foundation. Please purchase your membership through a personal account to receive all the benefits Museum membership has to offer.

If paying through an IRA, you receive all the benefits of membership.

Membership can be paid in full, and your company may match that gift. You cannot pay for half of your membership and have your company pay for the other half.

Can I pay to upgrade my membership in the middle of my membership term?

Yes. Please call membership at (919) 664-6754 or visit the Tickets and Information Desk in East Building to upgrade your membership. The cost to upgrade is the difference between what you paid for your membership and the new membership level. Benefits for the upgraded level will be available immediately, and your current expiration date will remain the same.

How does autorenewal work?

Autorenewal is an option for Individual, Dual/Family, Patron, Sustainer, and Benefactor membership levels. When you opt in, we automatically process your membership at the beginning of the month your membership is set to expire. You’ll receive an email the previous month letting you know that the charge will be processed.

You can opt out of autorenewal at any time by contacting membership at membership@ncartmuseum.org.

What age is considered a senior for the senior discount membership?

Anyone 65 and older is able to purchase a membership at the senior rate.

Gift Membership

Can I buy a membership for someone else?

Yes! You can buy a gift membership online. You can also purchase a gift membership over the phone at (919) 664-6754 or by visiting the Ticket and Information Desk in East Building.

How do I redeem a gift membership?

When you receive a gift membership, you are welcome to start visiting the Museum immediately!

Membership cards will either be sent to you or to the person who gifted the membership, depending on what they selected at checkout. Membership cards are not needed to begin visiting.

To log in online, please make sure the Museum has your current email address. You can check at the Ticket and Information Desk in East Building when you visit or by emailing membership@ncartmuseum.org.

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