Membership Benefits

By joining the Smithsonian Council for American History, you receive special "insider" access to the Museum, invitations to behind-the-scenes tours led by experts, opening receptions. . . and much, much more.

Collectors of American History: $1,000

  • Invitation to exhibition opening events and other special programs
  • Reserved seating at select public events
  • Acknowledgement in the Museum's e-newsletter upon joining the Council and again with each annual renewal

Preservers of American History: $2,500

  • All Collector benefits, plus:
  • Annual invitation for you and a guest to an exclusive cocktail party where you will meet the Director and other Council members and engage with the Museum's vast collections
  • Recognition in the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution

Ambassadors of American History: $5,000

  • All Preserver benefits, plus:
  • Unique access to the Museum's collections through small-group tours with world-renowned curators and behind-the-scenes visits, offered twice per year

Guardians of American History: $10,000

  • All Ambassador benefits, plus:
  • Invitation to an annual breakfast with the Museum's Director, where you will learn about recent acquisitions, new exhibitions, and plans for the future

Stewards of American History: $25,000 and above

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Annual invitation for you and a guest to join the Museum's Advisory Board at an intimate dinner featuring a notable historian or other distinguished guest speaker
  • Visible recognition within the Museum for the duration of your membership