Membership provides you with an entire year of access to art and culture through free admission, invitations to exclusive events, and free or discounted tickets to programs.

Your membership contribution provides critical operating support to CMA and helps sustain the Museum’s community programs, preserve and expand CMA’s art collection and make it accessible to all, and bring world-class exhibitions to Central Ohio. 

A membership to the Columbus Museum of Art is a meaningful gift that will be enjoyed all year long. You can find the perfect 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.

Enhance your CMA membership by joining any of these special interest groups including the Contemporaries, Friends of Jewish Art, Teaching for Creativity and our new Loud & Proud LGBTQ and Allied membership. Visit our Special Interest Groups page for more details.

Questions? Please contact Bethany Simms, Membership Coordinator at or call 614.629.0344.

Membership Levels & Benefits


  • Free general admission
  • Free admission to special exhibitions
  • Free parking
  • Invitations to members-only special exhibition previews and events
  • Free or discounted tickets to programs and events
  • 10 percent discount in Museum Store and Schokko Café
  • Subscription to bimonthly member magazine and monthly e-newsletter
  • Columbus Member Advantage discounts at select local attractions (see details below)
  • Download the full Member Benefits chart


  • Benefits for one named adult with valid student ID
  • Free general admission
  • Free special exhibitions admission
  • Free parking
  • Join or Renew


  • Benefits for one named adult
  • Free general admission
  • Free special exhibitions admission
  • Free parking
  • 1 guest per visit for general admission
  • Join or Renew


  • Benefits for two named adults or one named adult and one unnamed guest
  • Free general admission
  • Free special exhibitions admission
  • Free parking
  • Includes children or grandchildren under the age of 18
  • Join or Renew


Student through Reciprocal level memberships are fully tax deductible.

Ambassador Circle members are an important part of the CMA family as they provide additional support to CMA. In appreciation for their commitment to CMA, Ambassador Circle members enjoy special benefits. Each level of membership includes all benefits of the Reciprocal level, plus:




  • Benefits for two named adults or one named adult and one unnamed guest
  • Invitation to annual gala Art Celebration
  • Donor recognition on the Museum Donor Wall
  • Invitations to Coffee with the Curator events and Sessions Soirees
  • Invitation to Members-only docent-led group tours
  • Donor recognition in the Museum’s Annual Report
  • 4 guests per visit for general admission and special exhibition admission
  • Free general admission
  • Free special exhibition admission
  • Includes children under the age of 18*
  • Free parking
  • Reciprocal privileges to more than 1,000 museums in North America
  • Eligible to join add-on special interest groups
  • $950 is tax deductible
  • Join or Renew

*Includes general and special exhibition admission for up to 6 children and grandchildren under the age of 18.


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


CMA Members enjoy “Buy One, Get One Free” admission to select Central Ohio museums and attractions through the Columbus Member Advantage program. Simply show your valid CMA Membership card each time you visit! Columbus Member Advantage partners for 2018 include: 

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • COSI
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Ohio History Center & Ohio Village
  • Free admission to 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.)

Giving through Donor Advised-Fund or Foundation
If you would like to give through a donor- advised fund or a foundation, please check with your fund manager before initiating payment so as to follow any IRS guidelines for membership contributions. Membership benefits can 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.

Senior and Educator Discounts

General Membership discounts of 10 percent for seniors and 15 percent for educators are available for Friend, Household, and Reciprocal level memberships. For more information or to receive these discounts, please inquire at the CMA Admissions Desk with a valid ID or call member relations at 614.629.0344. Discounts are not available online and may not be applied retroactively or combined with other promotions.

All membership are valid for one year from date of purchase, and are non-refundable and non-transferable. Memberships are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Benefits and prices are current as of June 2018, and are subject to change.