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Premier Membership


Premier Membership

Membership at the Premier level offers an elite affiliation with the Wadsworth Atheneum. Benefits include exclusive access to curators, invitations to private opening parties, exhibition previews, and social events, travel and educational opportunities, personal handling of special requests and VIP services, free admission for two people to 42 reciprocal art museums, 10% discount at the Museum Shop and Untitled (2017) Café, eligibility to join the Decorative Arts Council and Contemporary Coalition, and recognition in the Annual Report.

For more information about Premier Membership send an email to or call (860) 838-4171.

Premier Membership Levels & Benefits

In addition to the benefits outlined below, all members receive 10% off lunch and 20% off dinner at Peppercorn’s Grill, and 20% off all entrees at City Steam Brewery.

  • Free admission for two adults and accompanying youth
  • Invitations to members only programming and events
  • Discounted tickets to public programs and films
  • 10% discount in the Museum Shop and Untitled (2017) Café
  • Free admission to all regular films (excludes specially ticketed film events)
  • Eight guestpasses for free general museum admission at the Wadsworth
  • Reciprocal privileges in the North American Reciprocal Museum program at over 800 museums in the U.S., Canada and Central America
  • Reciprocal privileges at 51 additional prestigious museums nationwide

Atheneum Associates, $1,000-$2,499
All of the above, plus

  • Invitation to an exclusive evening lecture and reception on a current exhibition
  • Invitation to one curator-led Roundtable Luncheon
  • Invitations to select Society Salons

Society of Daniel Wadsworth

Patron, $2,500-$4,999
All Atheneum Associates benefits, plus

  • Invitation to all Society Salons
  • Invitation to the Society of Daniel Wadsworth Annual Event
  • Invitation to an exclusive art day trip
  • A complimentary copy of one exhibition catalogue
  • Use of museum conference rooms

Benefactor, $5,000-$14,999
All Patron benefits, plus

  • Invitation to select Contemporary Coalition events
  • One complimentary household membership
  • Curator-led tour of permanent collection or special exhibition for up to 10 people

Director’s Council, $15,000-$24,999
All Benefactor benefits, plus

  • Special event at the Director’s home
  • Opportunity to attend Art Fairs with curators and the Director
  • Study sessions in storage with curators (offered twice a year)
  • One complimentary membership at the Insider Access level

Chick Austin Circle, $25,000-$49,999
All Director’s Council benefits, plus

  • One private art consultation with a curator
  • Digitization consultation with the Wadsworth Atheneum’s in-house collections photographer
  • Opportunity to host a private event at the Austin House
  • Curator-led tour of permanent collection or special exhibition for up to 20 people

J. Pierpont Morgan Society $50,000 +
All Chick Austin Circle benefits, plus

  • You name it! Members at this level have the opportunity to create custom experiences at the museum