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Museum members are a cross-section of the community, people bound together by a commitment to support the Michigan State University Museum-your museum!


Join us!

At the museum, the presence of the past informs the future through research, exhibits, and service to communities across the nation-and around the world!


Visit changing and long-term exhibits: Animal Diversity, Heritage Hall, World Cultures, Evolution, and Habitat Hall-World Bio and Eco Systems


Seasonal community events support collections care, educational programs, and exhibitions:

  • Chocolate Party Benefit
  • Wine Tasting Benefit
  • MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash
  • Great Lakes Folk Festival


Make a difference!

75% of the museum's support comes from friends, gifts, and grants.

Click here to go to the online Membership form


Our Mission

Michigan State University Museum is committed to understanding, interpreting, and respecting natural and cultural diversity. As Michigan's land-grant university museum, this commitment to society is met through education, exhibitions, research, and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes and the world beyond.


Museum Associate (basic membership)    $25

all museum members receive:

  • invitations to museum exhibits, lectures, festivals, workshops, and events
  • the Associate newsletter and "At the Museum" calendar, each published twice yearly

Honorary Assistant Curator    $50

carries this additional benefit:

  • a 10% discount on purchases of $10.00 and more at the MSU Museum Store

Honorary Curator*    $100

carries this additional benefit:

  • participation in the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program (see description below)

Honorary Director*    $500

carries this additional benefit:

  • two (2) complimentary tickets of your choice to the Wine Tasting Benefit OR the Chocolate Party Benefit


The Michigan State University Museum is the state's first Smithsonian Institution affiliate museum. MSU Museum members can now benefit from two great memberships in one (minimum of $100 membership). For more, see

  • A one-year (12 issue) subscription to Smithsonian Magazine
  • 10% discount on purchases from the Smithsonian catalog and
  • Discounts on Smithsonian shopping and dining
  • International and domestic travel and study tours opportunities
  • Admission to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City
  • Discounts at participating Smithsonian affiliate institutions and national retailers
  • Smithsonian "Members Only" newsletter website