Crystal Bridges extends incentives to join

One week after kicking off its membership program, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has welcomed 3,000 Original Members.

“It’s a rewarding testimony to the excitement and anticipation of the Museum’s opening on 11/11/11,” said Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges executive director in a news release. “The response has exceeded our expectations. People are calling, faxing, mailing, emailing and using our website to purchase memberships. And it’s not slowing down.”

As the museum continues to receive additional members, the staff and volunteers say they want to show their appreciation for the outpouring of support.

“We have decided to extend the Nov. 9 members-only preview event to member number 3,001 and beyond by keeping the doors open 24 hours,” said Kathryn Roberts, director of member and guest services.

Every member will be notified in early fall about the process for securing their timed tickets for the preview. The initial 3,000 members will have the first opportunity to select their preferred time followed by subsequent Original Members.

Original Membership benefits apply through Nov. 30, 2012. Memberships can still be purchased by calling 479-418-5728 or by visiting

Membership levels

Student Membership – $35*
Individual Membership – $55*
Dual/Family Membership – $75*
Associate Membership – $250
Contributing Membership – $500
Sustaining Circle – $1,500
Patron Circle – $3,000
Benefactor Circle – $5,000
* Indicates fully-tax deductible amount.

Universal annual membership benefits

  • Complimentary or discounted admission to select exhibition(s) and event(s)
  • Invitations to member-only exhibition preview events
  • Complimentary subscription to Museum Magazine
  • Opportunity to join Museum Affinity Groups
  • Opportunity to rent select Museum facilities
  • 10% discount in Museum Store

Full benefits: