Why is the membership structure changing?
The changes to the museum’s membership structure are based, in part, on direct feedback provided by members and a comparative analysis of privately held science and technology museums across the country. We combined the results of member feedback, other area museum fees and average national membership program costs to look inward on how we could streamline and improve the NATM membership program as we take on additional responsibility as the nation’s newest National Museum sanctioned by Congress.
We have modified some membership categories to increase benefits and added a new Chairman’s Circle category for our most ardent members. We think this new structure will make it easier to understand the membership categories and benefits associated with each level, and let members to take advantage of the benefits they said that they value the most.
Are member benefits changing?
There are a few benefit changes – the most notable of which is that beginning in 2013, members will access to more museum lectures and events as part of our Distinguished Lecture Series and Family Fun Days. We have added more free passes and increased discounts for our Museum Store and after-hours Special Events. Patron, Benefactor and Chairman’s Circle categories also entitle those members to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the museum and new exhibits by the Executive Director. As always, member admission to the museum is always free and parking at the NATM is free and plentiful.
The only other benefit change is related to placing limits on the number of children who can be named on a membership for the Household (currently Family through Chairman’s Circle levels).
Are there other changes members should expect?
We are not making any other changes at this time.
For those who have current memberships – do the benefits remain the same until the membership expires?
Yes. Your current benefits remain valid until your membership expires. At that point, you will have the opportunity to renew your membership at one of the newly established categories.
Is my membership still tax deductible?
Under IRS guidelines, that portion of the cost of a membership for which there is no tangible benefit may be considered a tax-deductible contribution to the National Atomic Testing Museum to the extent permitted by law. You should consult your accountant or tax preparer for guidance if you have questions on deductibility.
Does the member need to accompany children for free admission on Family and above memberships? If so, will they be required to have photo ID for entrance?
Yes, children and grandchildren must be accompanied by an adult member with photo ID. Please note that children under the age of 18 cannot be a named card holder on a membership.