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Museum Hopping with Reciprocal Memberships

June 12, 2017 | Kinsey Dickson | Membership, Tips, Travel


Monterey’s Museum of Art’s Contributor Level, Donor Circle Level, and Supporter Level membership cards offer discounted or free access to several hundred reciprocal museums.


There are an estimated 55,000 museums around the world and about 35,000 of those museums are in the United States. All across the nation people visit museums for inspiration, knowledge, history, or to simply pass the time. The Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) has been inspiring visitors since 1959. Monterey Museum of Art’s Contributor Level Membership comes with two national reciprocal memberships, the North American Reciprocal Membership (NARM) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). These reciprocal memberships provide discounted or free access to different museums all over the nation. The Supporter Level Membership and Donor Circle Membership Levels receive an additional reciprocal membership with the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM).

The North American Reciprocal Membership (NARM), offers free admission to over 800 museums in North America. With so many institutions to choose from, you have options. Below you will find a list of a few exceptional museums included on the NARM list.

  1. Crocker Art Museum: Sacramento, California
  2. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco – de Young Museum: San Francisco, California
  3. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco – Legion of Honor: San Francisco, California
  4. Monterey Museum of Art: Monterey, California
  5. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): Los Angeles, California
  6. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  7. Oakland Museum of California: Oakland, California
  8. San Jose Museum of Art: San Jose, California
  9. The Frick Collection: New York, New York
  10. The Old Jail Art Center: Albany, Texas
  11. The Walt Disney Family Museum: San Francisco, California

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), offers 50% off admission for up to six individuals, with access to over 400 children’s museums and educational institutions. There is a great selection of children’s museums to visit in California included on the ACM list, but below are some popular children’s museums across the United States.

  1. Boston Children’s Museum: Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Brooklyn, New York
  3. Chabot Space and Science Center: Oakland, California
  4. Children’s Discovery Museum: San Jose, California
  5. Children’s Museum of Denver: Denver, Colorado
  6. COSI (Center of Science and Industry): Columbus, Ohio
  7. Discovery Center Museum: Rockford, Illinois
  8. Monterey Museum of Art: Monterey, California
  9. Please Touch Museum: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  10. Port Discovery Children’s Museum: Baltimore, Maryland
  11. The Strong: Rochester, New York

The Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM), offers free admission to hundreds of world-class art, history and cultural organizations. Listed below are a few unique museums included on the ROAM list.

  1. Cartoon Art Museum: San Francisco, California
  2. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston: Houston, Texas
  3. Dallas Museum of Art: Dallas, Texas
  4. Frye Art Museum: Seattle, Washington
  5. Grammy Museum: Los Angeles, California
  6. Haas-Lilienthal House: San Francisco, California
  7. Monterey Museum of Art: Monterey, California
  8. Museum of Contemporary Art: Los Angeles, California
  9. Mütter Museum: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  10. San Diego Museum of Art: San Diego, California
  11. UC Santa Cruz Arboretum: Santa Cruz, California

For those who enjoy visiting museums, museum hopping can be a new favorite weekend activity or an option for the vacation itinerary. Deciding on a membership level that offers reciprocal memberships enables you to be a member with museums all over the United States, Canada, Bermuda, El Salvador and Mexico. You can fill your days with inspiration, historical significance, knowledge and wonder. Plan your next vacation or day trip around your reciprocal membership benefits available through membership with Monterey Museum of Art!

kinseyAbout the Author
Kinsey Dickson is the Membership Coordinator for the Monterey Museum of Art and has a degree in Visual and Public Art. She developed an interest for museum work at a young age and has had the opportunity to work with membership, education, community engagement, and marketing departments through the years.