Premier Membership

As the country’s oldest art museum, you might wonder how the Wadsworth Atheneum keeps its offerings fresh, innovative, and new. The answer is simple—people like you energize and guide everything we do by participating as Premier Members. Premier Members give life to the museum by being philanthropic leaders and creative champions. We want to hear your voice.

All Premier Members participate in the life of the museum by attending exclusive programs and receive invitations and preferred reservations on all Wadsworth Atheneuem events and trips. Members of the Society of Daniel Wadsworth are offered enhanced access to the museum and its staff which provides an opportunity for a deeper connection to the museum. We offer several levels of premier membership to help you become closer to the museum and ensure its place as Connecticut’s flagship visual arts institution.

Premier Membership Benefits

  • Complimentary admission for two adults to the Wadsworth Atheneum and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture (youth 17 and under are always free)
  • VIP invitations to members-only events
  • Ability to engage 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
  • Complimentary admission to any museum that participates in the following networks:
  • Preferred pricing for public programs, films, and 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
membership@thewadsworth.org