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Give the gift that lasts all year long – the gift of Membership at SBMA

Membership at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art connects you to a vibrant community of art lovers, offers myriad opportunities to expand your artistic knowledge and engage in Members-only activities – all while supporting SBMA!

Friend: $80

($80 is tax-deductible)

All Friend Members Receive:

  • Free general admission to SBMA for two adults (children under the age 18 receive free admission)
  • Invitations to Members Only exhibition receptions, Holiday Party, Appreciation Weekend, and other special events
  • Free or reduced admission to films, lectures, gallery tours, concerts, and other events
  • Discounts on SBMA Art Camps and workshops
  • Members Only Store Sales and 10% discount on Museum Store purchases
  • An array of travel opportunities worldwide through the SBMA Travel Program
  • Exclusive Member Days and Members Only Hours
  • Exclusive Members Only emails and quarterly print newsletter
  • Eligibility to join Museum Docent Council
  • Option to purchase non-Member Guest Tickets for Free Members Only Events
  • Option to download Digital Membership Card
  • Select number of complimentary special exhibition tickets

Friend (Senior Citizen): $60

($60 is tax-deductible)

This special rate affords all the benefits of Friend Membership to Seniors aged 65 and over.


Supporter: $125

($115 is tax-deductible)

All the benefits of Friend Membership, plus:

  • Free reciprocal admission to over 1,000 art museums in North America with NARM and ROAM
  • Half-off general admission for guests accompanying Members at the Museum
  • 10% discount on SBMA Gift of Membership purchases
  • Two complimentary drink tickets at select Museum events

Advocate: $250

($200 is tax-deductible)

All the benefits of Supporter Membership, plus:

  • Eligibility to join the Museum Collectors Council and D.A.S. ii
  • Free Member Tote Bag when you Join
  • Two Museum guest passes>
  • Additional reciprocal museum admission through Modern and Contemporary Reciprocal Program (Mod/Co).

Enthusiast: $500

($400 is tax-deductible)

All the benefits of Advocate Membership, plus:

  • First Notice and Opportunity to Reserve Select SBMA Travel Programs
  • Two additional Museum guest passes (4 in total)
  • Two courtesy event tickets annually to a Museum event of your choice (Up to $15 value per ticket)
  • Complimentary Museum-published exhibition catalogues upon publication

Museum Circles

Curators' Circle: $1,000

($860 is tax-deductible)

All the benefits of Enthusiast Membership, plus:

  • 15% discount at Museum Store
  • Invitations to private exhibition previews
  • Half-off Gift of Membership purchase at the $125 Supporter Level
  • Eligibility to join SBMA Curatorial Support Groups
  • Two additional Museum guest passes (6 in total)
  • Curator’s Choice Lecture Series reception invitation

Director's Circle: $2,500

($2,350 is tax-deductible)

All the benefits of Curators' Circle Membership, plus:

  • Invitation to annual reception at Director’s Residence
  • Invitation to annual Director’s Dialogue
  • Invitations to intimate events held in SBMA galleries or private homes
  • Two additional Museum guest passes (8 in total)

Benefactors Circle: $5,000

($4,820 is tax-deductible)

All the benefits of Director's Circle Membership plus:

  • Complimentary Gift of Membership at $250 Advocate Level
  • Complimentary Museum-published catalogues mailed to each Member
  • Two additional Museum guest passes (10 in total)
  • Annual recognition in select Museum publications

Leadership Circle: $10,000

($9,800 is tax-deductible)

All the benefits of Benefactors Circle Membership, plus:

  • Unlimited Museum guest passes
  • Invitation to annual Leadership Circle private reception
  • Courtesy enrollment in your choice of Curatorial Support Group
  • Access to concierge phone line for Museum-related inquiries and reservations via appointed staff contact