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Membership FAQ

Recent Changes:

Why have the membership levels changed?
Our membership categories and benefits were updated in September 2012. The museum has undergone many changes in recent years; including improvements to our building, a rapidly diversifying audience and a revitalized community and downtown.  To better serve our members and provide more access to the museum, we streamlined membership categories and enhanced their benefits.

Why did you change the names of some membership levels?
Some of the names of the membership levels have changed in order to better reflect their new benefits.

Why did the Film memberships change?
The benefits previously associated with the Film Buff  and Film Star categories have been rolled into certain membership categories in order to expand access to a wider audience of members.

I used to be a Senior/Educator/Student/Artist member. Do I still get a discount?
Yes. These have been consolidated into Select Individual  or Select Household  levels, but you still qualify for the same discount, simply include the required information on new or renewal memberships.

Have any of the prices increased?
The only price increase is associated with the formerly Supporting/now Insider Access category. The price on this membership has increased from $120 to $125 while the benefits for this category have been upgraded to now include free admission to all regular season films (a $540 yearly value) and two guests per First Thursday (a $240 yearly value). All other levels have stayed the same price.

Will there be a price increase any time soon?
Yes. In concert with our Grand Reopening, our prices will increase to reflect our full range of enhanced benefits and bring our prices in line with comparable local and national organizations. Our last price increase occurred in 2005.

Is there still a 2-year renewal option?
The two-year renewal option was created in 2001 in response to the expected full closure and renovation of the museum. Now that we are eagerly anticipating our Grand Reopening of all the gallery spaces, this option has been discontinued.

Do my children still get in for free?
Yes. At Household levels and above, members’ children 18 and under are admitted free upon presentation of your valid membership card at the Front Desk.


Does my Wadsworth membership give me access to The Amistad Center for Art & Culture exhibitions?
The Wadsworth Atheneum and The Amistad Center have a fantastic and unique relationship.  The Amistad Center’s galleries are located within the museum, and are accessible to all visitors and members without a separate charge.

How do I get my guests into the museum?
For guest admission to First Thursday (Insider Access members and above) simply present your membership card at the admissions desk. Guests must be present with you when you enter. For guest admission during normal museum hours (Total Access members and above) simply present your guest with one of the printed guest passes you received when you renewed your membership. You do not have to accompany your guests with passes to the museum.

How do I get my guest passes?
Guest passes are mailed to you along with your membership renewal materials and expire on the same date as your membership.

Can I have my guest passes sent to an address other than my own?
Unfortunately, guest passes can only be mailed to the address on your membership record.

Do I need tickets to view special exhibitions?
No! Tickets are not required to view any of the Museum’s exhibitions. Visit them when you like, as often as you like.

At what museums do I receive reciprocal admission benefits?
Total Access members are now part of the North American Reciprocal Museum program and receive admission at over 600 museums in the U.S., Canada and Central America.

Premier Access members participate in the North American Reciprocal Museum program and an additional 14 prestigious museums nationwide.

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