Saturday, July 17, 2010

Free Admission and Discounts At Over A Hundred Museums Could Make A Mattress Factory Membership Pay Off

OK, like most people we are looking at all expenses these days and even considering dropping our Household Membership to The Mattress Factory. (We didn't think too hard about this)

Remember while making any such calulation, that your support is desperately needed and also that Membership also can get you into tons of great art institutions nationwide as well as some in Canada and a few other places.

Members from one of the NARM institutions listed below, who present a membership card validated with a gold North American Reciprocal sticker, are entitled to the following privileges at participating museums: Free/member admission during regular museum hours, member discounts at museum shops, and discounts on concert/lecture tickets. Please note: Some museums restrict benefits. Please see notes at the bottom for more information

Check out the List

For example, this summer and fall, we may be in Virginia,

VIRGINIA Abingdon William King Museum

VIRGINIA Charlottesville University of Virginia Art Museum

VIRGINIA Norfolk The Hermitage Foundation Museum

VIRGINIA Portsmouth The Portsmouth Museums: The Children’s Museum of Virginia, The Courthouse Galleries, The Naval Shipyard Museum and The Lightship Portsmouth

VIRGINIA Richmond Virginia Center for Architecture

VIRGINIA Richmond Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

VIRGINIA Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art

VIRGINIA Williamsburg Muscarelle Museum of Art/Lamberson Hall, The College of William and Mary

And North Carolina

NORTH CAROLINA Asheville Asheville Art Museum

NORTH CAROLINA Boone Turchin Center for the Visual Arts/Appalachian State University

NORTH CAROLINA Chapel Hill The Ackland Art Museum

NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte ***#Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte ***#Mint Museum of Art/Mint Museum of Craft + Design NORTH CAROLINA Durham *The Nasher Museum of Art/Duke University

NORTH CAROLINA Fayetteville Fayetteville Museum of Art

NORTH CAROLINA Greensboro Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art

NORTH CAROLINA Greensboro Weatherspoon Art Museum/University of North Carolina

NORTH CAROLINA Greenville The Greenville Museum of Art

NORTH CAROLINA Hickory Hickory Museum of Art

NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh North Carolina Museum of Art

NORTH CAROLINA Wilmington Cameron Art Museum

NORTH CAROLINA Winston-Salem Reynolda House Museum of American Art

NORTH CAROLINA Winston-Salem Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

And New York

NEW YORK Albany Albany Institute of History & Art

NEW YORK Albany Irish American Heritage Museum

NEW YORK Buffalo Albright-Knox Art Gallery

NEW YORK Buffalo Burchfield-Penney Art Center/Buffalo State College

NEW YORK Cooperstown **#The Fenimore Art Museum / The Farmers’ Museum

NEW YORK Corning Corning Museum of Glass

NEW YORK East Hampton Guild Hall of East Hampton

NEW YORK East Meredith Hanford Mills Museum, Inc

NEW YORK Elmira Arnot Art Museum

NEW YORK Glens Falls The Hyde Collection

NEW YORK Hempstead Hofstra University Museum

NEW YORK Huntington Heckscher Museum of Art

NEW YORK Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art/Cornell University

NEW YORK Katonah Katonah Museum of Art

NEW YORK Kinderhook Columbia County Historical Society

NEW YORK Long Island City SculptureCenter

NEW YORK New Paltz Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art/SUNY at New Paltz

NEW YORK New York American Folk Art Museum

NEW YORK New York The Asia Society

NEW YORK New York El Museo del Barrio

NEW YORK New York The Frick Collection

NEW YORK New York Museum of American Illustration

NEW YORK New York Museum of Arts & Design

NEW YORK New York Museum of Biblical Art

NEW YORK New York New-York Historical Society

NEW YORK New York The New York City Police Museum

NEW YORK New York Rubin Museum of Art

NEW YORK New York The Studio Museum in Harlem

NEW YORK Old Chatham The Shaker Museum and Library

NEW YORK Peekskill Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

NEW YORK Purchase Neuberger Museum of Art

NEW YORK Rochester Memorial Art Gallery

NEW YORK Saratoga Springs Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College

NEW YORK Southampton The Parrish Art Museum

NEW YORK Syracuse Everson Museum of Art

NEW YORK Utica Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

I mean some of those are very important institutions that can set you back a lot. Ten dollars is a pretty standard charge for many on this list, a few are more. Yes some have suggested admissions but how many people stiff museums? The Rubin Museum! The Asia Society! The American Folk Art Museum! El Museo del Barrio! The Albright Knox Gallery (normal admission $12)The Studio Museum in Harlem!

But then there are those little places, that one are hard to make the cut of paying for on their own. For example, The Sculpture Center in Long Island City Queens is a nice thing to swing by if your visiting PS1. but you might feel guilty about not dropping in the $5 suggested donation.

Likwise, I think certain membership levels at the museums on this list allow their members into listed Pittsburgh Institutions for Free. It's a pretty awesome reason to think a lot before dropping your membership. It's a long list including lots of America's must see Museums.

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