The Griffin Museum of Photography is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the understanding of and appreciation for historic and contemporary photography. Our mission is to continue to offer exciting and stimulating photographic exhibitions of the highest standard. To accomplish this goal we appreciate and rely upon the generosity of our members. Your donations and membership dues enable us to procure new exhibits, fund educational programs and meet our yearly operating costs.
Your membership donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Goods or services received for membership are not included in the tax deduction. Call the museum to receive your membership catalog choice and/or print. Join online or call 781-729-1158.
We also offer sustaining membership that helps the Griffin Museum and your budget by making a monthly donation. An alternative option to the Griffin’s existing single payment membership plan. This added option authorizes a monthly charge to a credit card or a deduction from a bank account thus allowing someone to pay for a membership over time. We will automatically charge your credit card every month for 12 consecutive months.
Benefits of Individual membership. Full-time students of accredited colleges or universities only. Please submit a copy of valid school ID with the application. Send jpg to email@example.com.
Benefits of Individual Membership. Please submit teaching license or faculty ID with application. Send jpg to firstname.lastname@example.org. School tours welcome for fee except for Academic Memberships which are free.
Benefits of Individual membership but with residence OUTSIDE of the 6 New England States (New England states are: ME, NH, MA, CT, RI and VT.).
Free admission to all exhibits, special invitation to opening night exhibit receptions, portfolio review (one a year) by exhibition comittee (See FAQ page for dates and portfolio reviews are for members only), 10% discount in the museum gift shop, one free ticket to Stoneham Theatre with purchase of one ticket, free or reduced admission to lectures and programs, 10% discount on printing and framing from Digital Silver Imaging (DSI) in Belmont. DSI also gives 10% to the Griffin for Griffin member sales, 15% discount on printing and scanning from Bob Korn Imaging in Orleans, MA, 15% discount on custom framing from Gallery Seven in Maynard, MA, 15% discount on printing and framing from Giclee One in Bethany, CT and invitations to Griffin Museum’s Members Day.
Senior Individual Membership (for 65 years +) $40
Benefits are the same as for the Individual Membership
Individual benefits for two people.
Benefits of Family/Dual membership, and a choice of Griffin Museum show catalog preselected for membership. Contact the museum if you wish to receive your catalog. Members at the Friend level and above are entitled to NARM reciprocal memberships. (coming soon)
Benefits of Friend membership, free admission for 2 guests accompanying the Contributor, a choice of Griffin Museum show catalog preselected for membership, listing in the annual report. Goods’ value is deducted from the donation value. Contact the museum to receive the discount.
Academic Membership $500
Free admission passes for each student of the academic department who has applied for membership, 10% discount in the museum gift shop, free guided tours of the exhibitions for classes, free entry to Juried Show submission, discount admission to workshops and lectures.
Griffin Society Member $500 +
Benefits of Friend membership. One show catalog preselected for membership. Free admission for three guests. Invitation to Griffin Society events, listing in the annual report. Goods’ value is deducted from donation. Contact the museum to receive your catalog.
Griffin Society Patron $1,000 +
Benefits of Friend membership. Two show catalog preselected for membership. Free admission for four guests. Invitation to Griffin Society events. Preselected print (selected by the museum). Goods’ value is deducted from donation. Contact the museum to receive your catalogs and print.
Call the museum to learn more about our Corporate Giving Program. Opportunities for support include newsletter, exhibition and special event sponsorships.
Beginning January 1, 2019 we discontinued our reciprocal membership program with Connections. We will replace this affinity group with North American Reciprocal Museum Association (soon) and New England Museum Association (now) that allows for more admissions to cultural institutions across the United States.
NEMA Institutional Affiliate Membership. With a valid New England Museum Association Institutional Card we now welcome your admission to the Griffin Museum of Photography. We are also a member of the American Alliance of Museums.
The Griffin Museum of Photography is a Blue Star Museum. As a Blue Star Museum in 2019, we provide free access to our institution for active-duty military, Reserve personnel, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. and up to five family members from May 18, 2019 through September 2, 2019. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance. Free entrance is for admission to our exhibitions only and does not include programming.
The Griffin Museum of Photography is proud to participate in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s EBT Card to Culture program, a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance. See the full list of participating organizations here. We offer free general admission to our exhibitions (does not include programming) with valid EBT and/or WIC card for up to four additional family members with card holder.
For the month of August the Griffin Museum offers free general admission to our exhibitions to Winchester residents (with proof of residency) in honor of Art in August, a collaboration of the Winchester Cultural Council and the Winchester Artist Network. This benefit does not apply to our programming.