BECOME A MEMBER OF BCRI

Join today or share your love of BCRI by giving a gift membership

As a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization,  BCRI relies on proceeds from admissions and gift Store sales as well as support from the community and sponsors to fund its general operations. Members are the foundation of BCRI’s  community of support. Thanks to the generosity of members, BCRI can continue to produce exciting new exhibitions and exceptional programming and meet its mission for preservation, inspiration and education.

BCRI offers a variety of membership options. Please click on the tabs below to learn more about each of the following. During checkout, consider adding Smithsonian Affiliation, Caregiver provider access, and Young Professional to your membership. Each add-on option is described below.

Individual Membership – $35/year

If you’re looking for a way to give back and to invest in the work that we are doing, an individual membership is a great way for you to stay up to date on all of our current news and gain access to our exclusive member events. Free Admission for one adult and one guest.

  • Free Admission
  • 15% Gift Store Discount
  • Complimentary Guest Pass
  • BCRI E-Newsletter
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to Member Events
  • Member Priority Entry
  • Advance Purchase for Special Events
  • Option to add Smithsonian Affiliate, Caregiver, and Young Professional

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Family Membership – $70/year

A great way to introduce your children to the history of the Civil Rights Movement is to engage them at an early age. A family membership allows you and up to four of your children to visit the institute for free year-round, as well as attend our educational programs throughout the year! Free Admission for two adults and up to four children.

  • Free Admission for two adults and minor children in home
  • 15% Gift Store Discount
  • Complimentary Guest Pass
  • BCRI E-Newsletter
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to Member Events
  • Member Priority Entry
  • Advance Purchase for Special Events
  • Birthday Club – birthday gift from BCRI, invitations to family events, for children in the home ages 6-12
  • Option to add Smithsonian Affiliate, Caregiver, and Young Professional

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Family Plus Membership – $100/year

Enjoy the same benefits as the Family Membership as well as additional benefits as a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums.

  • Free Admission for two adults and minor children in home
  • 15% Gift Store Discount
  • Complimentary Guest Pass
  • BCRI E-Newsletter
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to Member Events
  • Member Priority Entry
  • Advance Purchase for Special Events
  • Birthday Club – birthday gift from BCRI, invitations to family events, for children in the home ages 6-12
  • Free admission and discounts to over 1,300 North American Reciprocal Museums.
  • Option to add Smithsonian Affiliate, Caregiver, and Young Professional

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Student Membership – $15/year

A college student membership gives college students free admission year-round as well as access to our archives for research purposes. College Students also have the option to include our Young Professional add on as a part of their membership to receive updates and access to our upcoming YP events and mixers. Free Admission for one College Student.

  • Free Admission
  • 15% Gift Store Discount
  • Complimentary Guest Pass
  • BCRI E-Newsletter
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to Member Events
  • Member Priority Entry
  • Advance Purchase for Special Events
  • Option to add Smithsonian Affiliate, Caregiver, and Young Professional

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Senior Membership – $25/year

Must be a 65 or older to take advantage of this golden deal! Free admission for member and one guest.

  • Free Admission
  • 15% Gift Store Discount
  • Complimentary Guest Pass
  • BCRI E-Newsletter
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to Member Events
  • Member Priority Entry
  • Advance Purchase for Special Events
  • Option to add Smithsonian Affiliate, Caregiver, and Young Professional

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Military & First Responder Membership – $25/year

All retired and active duty Military members, first responders, and Grade school and College Educators, we offer this discounted membership as a way to thank you for your service. Free admission for one member and one guest.

  • Free Admission
  • 15% Gift Store Discount
  • Complimentary Guest Pass
  • BCRI E-Newsletter
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to Member Events
  • Member Priority Entry
  • Advance Purchase for Special Events
  • Option to add Smithsonian Affiliate, Caregiver, and Young Professional

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Legacy Alumni Membership – $25/year

To all our former legacy program graduates, we have created this special discounted membership for you as a way to help keep your story connected the Institute! Free admission for member and one guest.

  • Free Admission
  • 15% Gift Store Discount
  • Complimentary Guest Pass
  • BCRI E-Newsletter
  • Personalized Membership Card
  • Invitations to Member Events
  • Member Priority Entry
  • Advance Purchase for Special Events
  • Option to add Smithsonian Affiliate, Caregiver, and Young Professional

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Add a Smithsonian membership to any BCRI level for $20 and enjoy these benefits:

  • Smithsonian Magazine—11 terrific issues a year delivered to your home and free access to the magazine’s iPad® edition.
  • Discounts—10% discounts at Smithsonian Museum Stores and selected dining facilities when you visit the Smithsonian.
  • Personalized membership card identifying you as a proud member of this unique cultural institution.
  • Support the Smithsonian’s world-class exhibitions, ground-breaking research, and renowned public outreach programs.

Add Caregiver to any BCRI level for $10 and enjoy these benefits:

  • Designate an individual to accompany your dependents to the museum.
  • Special events for caregivers and parents.

Add Young Professional to any BCRI level for $10 and enjoy these benefits:

  • Invitations to programs geared to emerging professionals and young community leaders.