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Premier Membership

Premier Membership

As the country’s oldest art museum, you might wonder how the Wadsworth Atheneum keeps its offerings fresh, innovative, and new. Premier Members energize and guide everything we do, breathing life into the museum as philanthropic leaders and creative champions. Premier Members attend exclusive lectures, receptions and events, and receive invitations and preferred reservations for all museum events and trips. Additionally, members of the Society of Daniel Wadsworth are invited to salons that offer enhanced access to the museum, and provide a more intimate forum for feedback. All levels of premier membership are designed to bring members closer to the Wadsworth Atheneum and ensure its place as Connecticut’s flagship visual arts institution.

Benefits of Premier Membership Include:

  • Complimentary admission for two adults to the Wadsworth Atheneum and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture; youth 17 and under are always free
  • Complimentary single-use guest passes—six for Atheneum Associates, eight for Society of Daniel Wadsworth members
  • VIP invitations to members-only events
  • Engagement with the curatorial staff
  • Recognition in the museum’s Annual Report
  • Invitation to the museum’s Annual Gala
  • Access to the museum’s conference rooms
  • For benefactors and above, a complimentary membership at the Ambassador level to give as a gift
  • Complimentary admission to any museum that participates in the following networks: 
  • Preferred pricing for public programs, films, and events
  • Complimentary popcorn for all films and complimentary cocktail with ticket purchase for special film and theater events
  • Discounts in the Museum Shop and Untitled Bistro, plus special deals at neighborhood restaurants
  • Quarterly program and film calendar

Premier Membership Levels:

Atheneum Associates [$1,000–$2,499]

Society of Daniel Wadsworth
Patron [$2,500–$4,999]
Benefactor [$5,000-$14,999]
Director’s Council [$15,000–$24,999]
Chick Austin Circle [$25,000–$49,999]
J. Pierpont Morgan Society [$50,000+]


For more information or to become a Premier Member, please contact:
(860) 838-4171