Founding Members

Member Guide

As a member of the Museum, you have free year-round general admission to the Museum, where you will experience the dramatic story of our nation's founding through the perspectives of the people who made it happen. In addition to an expansive collection of authentic Revolutionary War-era artifacts, including weapons, personal items, works of art, and documents, the Museum uses immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and re-created historic environments to bring these stories to life.

Upcoming Member Events

Call 215.454.2030 or email the Membership Department at membership@amrevmuseum.org to reserve your spot today! 

Members Holiday Shopping Event

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 4

Start your holiday season right with the Museum! Join us for holiday celebration and member shopping event. All members receive 20% off Museum Shop purchases (double the standard member discount)!  Don’t miss our exclusive Holiday Ornaments inspired by Revolutionary War uniforms, which will be available for purchase! Punch and cookies will be served. 

Meet the Museum

9:00 am  
Saturday, November 11 – VETERANS DAY
For Museum Circle and Revolution Society members only. Space is limited; please RSVP by 11/8. Includes Continental Breakfast.

Join Dr. Philip Mead, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Historian, in the Museum’s Founding Boardroom for a Members-Only Q&A about the creation of the Museum’s main exhibition galleries, the current daily activities of the curatorial team, and his goals for the Museum’s future. 

Member Mornings!

9:30 am 
November 24 and December 26-29
Free and exclusively for members.

For Black Friday and Winter Break, members will receive early access to the Museum before we open to the public! Start the day off with a hot beverage and doughnuts then explore the galleries and attend a showing of Washington’s War Tent theater, plus other revolutionary programming. 

Member Lunch and Learn “Archaeology of the Museum of the Revolution”

1:00 pm
Sunday, December 3
Space is limited; must RSVP by 11/30. $20 for General Members, $10 for Museum Circle Members; Includes boxed lunch and iced tea/lemonade. 

In 2014, ahead of the construction of the Museum of the American Revolution, a team of archaeologists discovered remarkable artifacts from the people who once lived on this block. In foundations and privies hidden beneath our feet lay broken dishes from an illegal tavern, lead type from early printing presses, leftovers from colonial meals, and almost 85,000 other artifacts left by our revolutionary neighbors. One punch bowl proudly displayed an image of the Triphena, the ship that carried a 1765 Stamp Act protest letter from Philadelphia to London. Another bowl that at first seemed unremarkable turned out to be the “holy grail of American ceramics”. Investigate the neighborhood’s trash piles, buried for over 200 years, and the new layers they add to ongoing Museum research about the people who called this neighborhood home during the American Revolution. 

Call 215.454.2030 or email the Membership Department at membership@amrevmuseum.org to reserve your spot today! 

Membership FAQs

How long would a Founding Membership be valid?

Memberships will be valid for one year through the end of the month. For example, a membership purchased today will be valid until the end of same month in 2018. All Founding Memberships purchased through April 30, 2017, are valid through April 30, 2018.

How can I purchase a membership? When can I begin using it?

Your membership, valid immediately upon transaction, may be purchased several ways:

  • To purchase a membership online, click here. You will receive a confirmation email that you can print and bring to the Museum for admission.
  • To purchase a membership by phone, call 215.454.2030. 
  • Or you may purchase a new membership at the Museum’s Front Desk on the day of your visit. New Members are issued a temporary member card which can be used until the permanent card arrive.

 

To begin enjoying your benefits before you receive your Member Welcome Packet, simply present a valid photo ID at the membership desk for verification.

Where can I park?

Discounted parking for Museum Members is available in two covered garages near the Museum. Members should park at either garage and remember to bring their ticket with them. Obtain a discount voucher at the Museum’s Front Desk before returning to the garage and use the voucher when you pay for parking. Guests who sign up for a Museum Membership on the day of their visit are also eligible for the discounts at these garages:

  • The Bourse Garage (SPPlus Parking), located at 44 S. 4th St., is a flat $9 for up to four hours of parking before 4pm.
  • The Philadelphia Parking Authority Olde City lot, located at 125 S 2nd Street, offers a flat fee of $14.00 for up to three hours of parking.

Metered street parking is also a choice (no discount provided). Please be aware of the posted rules for street parking, as they vary by day of the week and time of day.

How long will it take to receive my membership card?

If you purchase your membership online, you will receive a temporary membership card as a PDF attachment to the confirmation email. If you purchase at the Museum’s Front Desk, you will receive a temporary membership card.

It typically takes one to two weeks from the date of purchase to receive your Founding Member Welcome Packet in the mail, which will include your permanent membership card. If you mailed in your payment, the process may take longer. 

How do I visit the Museum before my cards arrive?

Members are always welcome to visit the Museum before they receive their welcome packet or if they do not have their membership card with them. When you arrive, stop by the Front Desk in the Museum rotunda with a valid photo ID. Our Guest Services team will provide you with everything that you need for the day.

Can I give my membership card to a friend or relative to use for a visit?

No, your membership card is non-transferable. However, Founding Memberships at the Dual and above levels include one-time use guest passes which can be used in your absence.  

Can I upgrade my membership level?

Members may upgrade at any time. Upgrades are not prorated. Upgrades within three months of renewal will be charged at the new level rate rather than the difference. Downgrading a membership is only allowed during renewal.

Is there a membership discount for teachers? Military personnel? Seniors?

We do not offer membership discounts. However, active duty military, teachers (with ID), students (with ID), and seniors enjoy a $2 admission discount for general admission tickets purchased online or at the Museum.

What does complimentary admission at 900 museums mean?

Reciprocal benefits at participating museums and organizations are provided for MoAR Members at the $250 Ambassador level and above. The North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program allows you free or discounted admission into hundreds of participating museums across North America. To see a full list of reciprocal museums and other benefits, click on Maps & Lists here: https://narmassociation.org/

I’m a member of a museum that offers NARM reciprocity. What are my benefits at M*AR?

The Museum of the American Revolution now participates in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association program. If you are a qualifying member of a museum or organization outside a 15-mile radius that participates in NARM, please visit our Front Desk at the beginning of your visit to obtain timed admission ticket(s) by presenting your membership card, which must have the NARM logo preprinted on the card or a NARM sticker. Unfortunately, advance orders via phone or web are not accepted. You will receive free general admission during normal business hours for up to two named adults and up to four children under 18 (guests not included), member discounts for public programming, and 10% off in the Museum Shop and Café.

 

I have moved or changed my email address. How can I change my address?

Please contact the Membership Office at membership@amrevmuseum.org

Is my membership tax-deductible?

Your membership contribution is tax-deductible as dictated by the IRS. Please see your welcome letter to determine the total deductible amount of your contribution.

If I provide my email address, how often will I hear from MoAR?

In addition to the monthly e-newsletter, you will receive a few emails each month about upcoming programs, events, or special offers. If your membership is up for renewal, you will also receive an email inviting you to renew your membership online.

Does MoAR share my information with anyone else?

From time to time, the Museum does exchange our members’ mailing and email addresses solely with other nonprofit cultural organizations. If you prefer this information not be shared with other nonprofits, please contact us at membership@amrevmuseum.org.