MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS The best way to experience all that the Columbus Museum of Art has to offer is by becoming a member. Membership enables the Museum to preserve and expand a quality collection of art and make it accessible to all. Support from members also helps to create and present important exhibitions for our community and to develop innovative ways for the more than 200,000 annual Museum visitors to interact with art.

Membership to the Columbus Museum of Art provides free admission, free parking, invitations to special preview events, discounts and other exclusive member benefits. Join or Renew today to be a part of all of the exciting things happening at CMA!

GIFT MEMBERSHIP Share your Museum! A CMA gift membership is a meaningful present that will be enjoyed all year long. Perfect for a family, friends who just moved to the region, or art lovers and experience seekers who love to try new things. Benefits depend on the level you select, so you can find a Membership for everyone on your gift list. To give a gift membership, click on Join or Renew for the level of Membership you wish to give. Then check the box that says this Membership is a gift.

Please contact Bethany Simms, Membership Coordinator at 614.629.0344 or with questions.

Membership Levels & Benefits


  • Free unlimited admission to the permanent collection and Center for Creativity
  • Free parking
  • Invitations to members-only special exhibition previews
  • 10 percent discount in Museum Store and Schokko Art Café
  • Free or discounted admission to programs, events, and special exhibitions
  • Bimonthly member magazine and monthly e-newsletter
  • Discounts from local cultural partners
  • Each level of membership includes all benefits of the previous level(s).
  • Download the full Member Benefits chart


  • Core Benefits for one named adult with valid student ID
  • No additional guests
  • Full amount is tax-deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Core Benefits for one named adult
  • One additional guest per visit
  • Opportunity to join special interest and volunteer groups
  • Full amount is tax-deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Core Benefits for two named adults
  • Includes children or grandchildren under the age of 18
  • Full amount is tax-deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Reciprocal privileges to more than 800 museums in North America
  • Eligible to join The Contemporaries and Sessions Society
  • Full amount is tax-deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Invitations to Coffee with the Curator events
  • Invitations to Donor Appreciation events
  • Recognition in the Annual Report
  • $225 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Free unlimited admission to special exhibitions
  • 4 additional guests per visit
  • Members-only group tours by appointment (call to schedule)
  • $450 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Recognition on the Donor Wall
  • Invitation to Art Celebration
  • $950 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew


The Donor Circles begin with unrestricted gifts of $2,500 and above. Each Circle offers an enhanced level of engagement with art, artists and professionals, as well as fellow donors. As a Member of a CMA Donor Circle you share the Museum’s commitment to great art and ideas and to the importance of creativity in all our lives.


  • Private tour with Museum Docent for up to 6 guests
  • $2,450 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Private tour with Museum Curator for up to 6 guests
  • 2 passes for unaccompanied guests
  • $4,925 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Exclusive Discounts in Museum Store on select items including Herman Miller, Shinola and exhibition catalogues
  • First access to exclusive Director’s trips
  • Private tour of Museum with Director for up to 8 guests
  • 4 passes for unaccompanied guests
  • $9,895 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Creative Concierge Team will help you design a unique museum experience for up to 15 guests
  • Gift Household Membership to give to family or friends
  • $24,880 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew


  • Listed as a sponsor (non-exclusive) on your choice of an exhibition or program for the year
  • $49,880 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew

If you would like to give through a donor- advised fund or a foundation, please check first with your fund manager before initiating payment. Often, foundations have IRS guidelines for membership contributions. Membership benefits can always be covered with a personal payment of the non-tax- deductible portion. Please refer to membership rates and tax-deductibility above. You may decline these benefits to receive full tax-deductibility.

For additional information on Donor Circle levels and benefits, please contact Lucy Ackley, Director of Development at 614.629.0351 or

Discounts of 10% for Seniors (60 +) and 15% for Educators may be applied to Friend, Household, and Reciprocal levels. Discounts may be applied to Friend, Household, and Reciprocal levels. Discounts are not available online. To receive these discounts, please call 614.629.0344 or join onsite with a valid ID. Discounts may not be applied retroactively.

All membership are valid for one year from date of purchase, and are non-refundable and non-transferable. Membership are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Benefits and prices are current as of March 2016, and are subject to change.


These are add-ons to CMA Membership


The Contemporaries
The Contemporaries is a special membership group of the Columbus Museum of Art who share an interest in contemporary art. Together, they learn about contemporary art, have “behind the scenes” access to museums, private collections, and artists’ studios and select a work of contemporary art for the museum’s permanent collection annually. For more information, please contact Sarah J. Rogers, or 614.629.0311.

Friends of Jewish Art
Friends of Jewish Art (FJA) is an interest group of the Columbus Museum of Art that supports exhibitions, programs, and acquisitions in the area of Jewish art. For more information or to join FJA, please contact Bethany Simms at or 614.629.0344.

Sessions Society
Sessions Society provides members with the opportunity to explore art in all its forms, meet interesting and diverse people, and visit fascinating art-related venues both locally and regionally that would not otherwise be available to them. Sessions Society presents several social and art related events annually. These events include tours of museums, artists’ studios, galleries, and personal collections. To learn more about Sessions click here or contact Betsy Meacham, or 614.629.0328.

Teaching for Creativity
The Teaching for Creativity special interest group* is a community of educators in support of one another and the deeper purposes of learning. This group develops ways to respect educators as creative intellectuals and supports cultivating creativity in learning. Members of this group will enjoy access to resources, workshops, and social gatherings. Membership in the Teaching for Creativity Special Interest Group will remain free for teachers who maintain CMA membership at the Friend-level or higher.
*Teachers must enroll in person by presenting a school ID to front-desk staff at CMA. If you are an educator with questions about whether you qualify for this offer, contact or 614.629.0387.


Show Your Membership Card and Save! 

As a CMA Member, you can now enjoy Buy One, Get One Free admission to select Columbus museums and attractions through the Columbus Member Advantage program. No coupon is necessary. Simply show your valid CMA Membership card each time you visit! Columbus Member Advantage partners include:

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Ohio History Center & Ohio Village
Wexner Center for the Arts

(Important Terms & Restrictions: Receive up to two free general admissions of equal or lesser value per visit when purchasing two regular-priced general admission tickets. Tickets must be purchased from the admissions area of the facility you are visiting. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. Not valid on prior purchases. No rain checks or refunds. Some restrictions may apply. Offer expires December 31, 2018 unless otherwise noted.)


Reciprocal Membership includes free admission to more than 800 museums across North America. Click here for the full listing of the North American Reciprocal Museum Program, plus see below for additional reciprocal museums.

Ohio Reciprocal Program
Akron Art Museum

The Canton Museum of Art In the Cultural Center for the Arts

Cincinnati Art Museum

The Contemporary Arts Center
The Cleveland Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland
Wexner Center for the Arts
The Dayton Art Institute
Massillon Museum
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
Springfield Museum of Art
Toledo Museum of Art
The Butler Institute of American Art

Zanesville Art Center

The Art Museum Reciprocal Network

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
The Cleveland Museum of Art , Cleveland, OH
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Des Moines Art Museum, Des Moines, IA
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
The Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
The Frick Collection, New York, NY
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
The Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, New York, NY
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton, MA
Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH
The Textile Museum, Washington, DC
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD