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Support Today. Sustain Tomorrow.

Membership is at the very heart of the Dennos Museum Center. Your critical membership dollars directly fund programming, operations, collections care, and--most importantly--enables us to serve over 60,000 visitors each and every year. Many of our visitors receive free or reduced admission through K-12 scholarships, the NEA Blue Star Museums program for veterans, and IMLS Museums for All.

Your membership contributions sustain these free and reduced programs and help provide equitable access for all.

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All Dennos Museum Center membership levels include:

  • Free admission to the Dennos Museum Center (excludes ticketed events/exhibits)
  • 10% discounts at the Museum Store
  • Discounts on DMC concerts and event tickets
  • Invitations to exclusive member-only events
  • Digital Membership Cards

Members at the $100 Trailblazer level or above receive the added benefit of reciprocal membership to NARM* and ROAM**. This benefit provides FREE admission to over 1,400 museums nationwide, while every dollar you contribute stays at the Dennos and strengthens your local museum. Are you a native Michigander or spend significant time in the state? At last count, over 35 museums in the state of Michigan honored reciprocal benefits, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and Air Zoo, among others. For the most up-to-date listing of reciprocal museums, see the links below:

*North American Reciprocal Museum Association

**Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums

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digital membership cards

In partnership with Cuseum, we launched digital membership cards in March 2022 which can be downloaded and saved to your smartphone. Your digital membership card is unique to your membership and displays your name, membership level, expiration date, your benefits, and other museum information on the back. It’s exactly the same as your current card, but much more eco-friendly and more difficult to lose! It will update automatically when your membership information changes. 


Smithsonian affiliate membership

Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program logoThe Smithsonian Membership upgrade is available as an addition to any Dennos membership level for an additional $25. The following benefits are available to Smithsonian Affiliate Members:

  • A one-year subscription to Smithsonian Magazine or Air & Space Magazine (six issues)
  • A 10% discount on all Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Free admission to the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, NY
  • A personalized Smithsonian membership card
  • A 10% discount on all IMAX tickets at the Smithsonian
  • Online benefits from the Smithsonian with insider access to the Smithsonian and special opportunities
  • Member Discount on The Great Courses 
  • Reciprocal Admission Benefits at participating Smithsonian Affiliates*

Member Benefits at participating Smithsonian Affiliates include admission for two, member discounts on purchases made on the premises for concert and lecture tickets, and discounts in gift stores. Not all participating organizations offer all benefits.

Upon the receipt of our members’ names and payment, Smithsonian Magazine will generate member magazine subscriptions and membership cards in 4–6 weeks. Members will also be mailed Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventure study tour information and the Smithsonian retail catalogue.