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Become a Member

There are worlds to explore at the Penn Museum, and Members get the best access.

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Members support the Museum’s mission while enjoying benefits such as unlimited admission, discounts, free guests, and more.

As a member, the Penn Museum is your place to return again and again. Meet civilizations from across time and space and see how our ancestors shaped who we are today. Make your own connections. Make your own memories.

Join as a member to dig deeper. Explore our galleries and exhibitions. Learn from our world- renowned curators and research. Connect with cultures and communities through our engaging adult and family programs.

Explore our benefits and choose the Membership that’s right for you.

Core Benefits of Membership

  • Unlimited admission to the Penn Museum for one year
  • Discounts on public programming
  • One free guest per cardholding Member on Member Guest Sundays (the last Sunday of each month)
  • Subscription to Expedition magazine (3 issues a year)
  • 15% discount at the Museum Shop, plus bonus discounts throughout the year
  • 10% discount at the Museum Café

Membership Levels

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  • Core benefits for one adult

Join at the individual level.

  • Core benefits for two adults

Join at the Dual level.

  • Core benefits for two adults and all household children or grandchildren
  • 2 free guests per cardholding Member on Member Guest Sundays (the last Sunday of each month)
  • Discounts on family programming, including Anthropology Camp

Join at the Household level.

  • Core benefits for two adults and all household children or grandchildren
  • 2 free guests on any visit
  • FREE admission to 1,000+ museums across the U.S. through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association and Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM)

Join at the Friends & Family level.

Supporting Circles and Visionaries donors sustain the Museum’s transformative work and enjoy events that deepen their connection with our collections, research, and educational initiatives. Learn more.

Join today and help us unlock $35,000 in Challenge Funds!

Purchase a membership by June 30, 2024 to save 10% and help the Penn Museum unlock $35,000 in Challenge Funds. Not ready to become a Member? Make a gift to our Annual Fund of $5 or more to support us during this Challenge.

Become a Member

Membership Frequently Asked Questions

There are four easy ways to join or renew:

  • Join/Renew Online
  • By phone at 215.898.5093
  • Onsite at the Museum. Visit any guest services desk or the Museum Shop to join.
  • By mail: send checks made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, to Membership Office, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

We recommend that you bring your membership card when visiting the Penn Museum so you can easily enjoy your onsite benefits. However, if you have misplaced your card or do not have your card with you during your visit, you can check in with your name at the Museum's Main or East Entrances.

You may purchase tickets or register for events with a member discount once you have created an online account with the Museum. This account must match the primary email address we have for you. Log into your account for your discounts to apply automatically.

Members at the Friends and Family level and above enjoy reciprocal benefits at participating museums throughout the country through the North American Reciprocal Museums Program (NARM) and the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM).

Your membership is valid for one year from the time that you join.

You may still gain entry to the Museum by checking in at either the Main or East entrances. If you would like a replacement card you may call the Membership Office at 215.898.5093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New and renewing members receive their membership cards in approximately two weeks.

It takes up to two weeks to receive and process a renewal payment. If you recently renewed, please disregard any additional notices.

Your member benefits begin the day you join. If you join or renew online or through the mail and would like to visit the Museum before you have received your membership card, receptionists at any of the Museum's entrances will be able to confirm your membership.

Members at the Dual level and above receive two membership cards. They may each be printed with a different member's name or both with the same name.

Yes. Simply choose the membership level that you would like to purchase, click the “Join/Renew” button, and check the box indicating that your membership is a gift to be prompted for recipient information.

All members are invited to bring guests for free on Member Guest Sundays which occur on the last Sunday of every month (please check your membership level for the number of guests you are permitted). Members at the Friends and Family level and up are invited to bring two free guests on any visit.

Your membership contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Memberships at the Friends and Family level and below are fully tax deductible.

Registering for an online account enables you to purchase event tickets with your membership discount and to easily renew your membership. If you need assistance, please call the Membership Office at 215.898.5093.

Simply show your membership card at the time of your purchase to enjoy your members' discount.

Please call Membership at 215.898.5093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By providing your email address, you will receive our members’ e-newsletter and stay up to date on all the ways you can make the most of your membership, including member events and workshops, special offers, and other member-related news that may not be mailed to homes.

We use email for communication purposes only and will never sell or share your email address. From time to time, the Museum does exchange our members' mailing addresses with other nonprofit cultural organizations. If you prefer this information not be shared with other nonprofits, please contact us at 215.898.5093 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are interested in a refund, we'd first love to opportunity to speak with you to understand why. We hope you have a positive membership experience, and we'd be happy to try to remedy any issues or concerns you may have regarding your membership. However, on rare occasions we will refund memberships. Refund requests are only considered within one week of the purchase, and only if no other membership benefits were used such as cafe or shop discounts, or museum visits. Contact the Membership Office at 215.898.5093 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your options.

For up to one month after your visit , you can apply the cost of your tickets to a membership. Call 215.898.5093 to join today (hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm). Please note that only the tickets of individuals being represented on the membership may be applied).

For up to one month after your visit, you can apply the cost of your tickets to a membership. Call 215.898.5093 to join today (hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm). Please note that only the tickets of individuals being represented on the membership may be applied.