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Join Museum Friends

Love the National Museum? Join Museum Friends and show your support for our collection and exhibitions. Full from $45 | Essentials $30

To join Museum Friends please create an account. To renew membership or update your details just login to your account.

Member benefits

Relax in our Friends Lounge

Free wi-fi and refreshments in our lakeside lounge (Full, Essentials)

A man and woman

Shop and Cafe discounts

Discounts at the Museum Shop and the Museum Cafe and access to exclusive shopping events (Full, Essentials)

Enjoy exclusive events

Behind the scenes tours and new exhibitions first! (Full)

See all our upcoming events

Family fun with Mkids

Free or discounted entry to exhibitions and school holiday activities for kids on your membership (Full)


Join the conversation

The Museum magazine subscription, email updates on events and special offers (Full, Essentials)

Interstate discounts

Reciprocal discounts and benefits at other Australian museums and galleries (Full, Essentials)Join Museum Friends

Membership categories

Full – add your family and friends!

Take advantage of all of our member benefits. Include up to nine people as you build your own membership group.

Cost: $45 plus $15 per extra adult and $5 per extra child (5–16 years only, under-5s free)

Mkids – for children 5 to 12

Exclusively for children of Full members, with free entry to exhibitions and school holiday activities, competitions and giveaways and other cool stuff.

Cost: $5

Note: memberships are paid annually

Essentials for individuals 

Designed for Friends who spend less time at the Museum but want to support us and take advantage of our key member benefits.

Cost: $30

Full gift membership

Are you searching for a unique gift for a special occasion? Share our passion for history and heritage with a Museum Friends gift membership, with all the benefits of a Full membership.

Cost: $45 individual, $60 double

Buy your gift now

See all benefits

Compare Full and Essentials packages and see a full list of reciprocal benefits at other museums and galleries

Membership benefits

Discounted entry to major exhibitionsY 
Exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes tours of major exhibitionsY 
Discounts at the Museum Shop and the Museum CafeY 
Exclusive Friends-only eventsY 
Mkids membership add-on (5 to 12 yrs)Y 
Children under 16 free and discounted entry to exhibitions and school holiday activitiesY 
Additional discounts to Museum Friends events for concession card holdersY 
2 for 1 entry ticket to one paid exhibition Y
Subscription to The Museum magazine (one magazine per membership)YY
Access to the Friends lakeside loungeYY
Access to the Museum’s libraryYY
Regular Friends updates and special offersYY
Reciprocal benefits at other museums and galleries YY

Reciprocal benefits

Australian Museum

  • Free general admission for Museum Friends who live outside NSW
  • 10% discount at the shop and Rooftop cafe
  • Use of the Members Lounge

Australian National Maritime Museum

  • Free or discounted entry to major ticketed exhibitions
  • 10% discount at store and cafe
  • Access to the Members Lounge and refreshments

Art Gallery of Western Australia

  • Access to Friends Lounge

Museum of Tropical Queensland

  • 10% discount on general admission
  • 10% discount at shop

Powerhouse Museum

  • Free general admission
  • Access to  Members Lounge

Museums Victoria

  • Free general admission to Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum and Scienceworks for Museum Friends who live outside Victoria.

Terms and conditions

  • Friends membership is valid until the expiry date printed on your membership card
  • Membership is not transferable or refundable
  • Member benefits apply only to the people listed on your membership
  • You must produce your membership card to obtain the benefit
  • Member prices, events, benefits, reciprocal arrangements and terms are subject to change at the Museum’s discretion
  • It is your responsibility to notify the National Museum of any change of address or contact information
  • If your card is lost or stolen, please notify us as soon as possible to organise a replacement card
  • The Museum has no control over the reciprocal benefits offered by other museums and galleries, or special offers made by our external partners. The Museum is not responsible for any changes to benefits or offers made by those organisations.


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Contact us

Museum Friends
Phone +61 2 6208 5048

Phone +61 2 6208 5021

Phone +61 2 6208 5108  |  Phone +61 2 6208 5141

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