Individual membership

MA response to coronavirus (Covid-19) and how it affects your membership
Please note that in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, The Museums Association’s offices in London are closed and all staff will be working remotely until further notice. Our phones are diverted and systems are online so our operations should not be significantly affected.

In these uncertain times your support of the museum sector through membership really does make a difference. The Museums Association does not receive any government funding and the vast majority of our resources are generated through membership. Your renewal allows us to continue supporting museums and those working in and with museums.

During this closure period we will be unable to receive and send post, we are therefore unable to send out membership cards until further notice.

Members can use their confirmation email as proof of membership and we have contacted participating venues to request that they accept this means of membership proof in lieu of the card for a temporary period.

Museums are shutting their doors, but there are a great many other benefits to membership, and you may want to take advantage of our online content and learning resources more at this time. We will also be increasing our digital offering in the coming weeks.

Become an individual member 

We invite members from all across the world. Individual membership is suitable for all people working in museums, as well as volunteers, full-time students, retired professionals, people pursuing a career in museums and friends and trustees of museums.

Become a member 

We offer a range of options for individual membership. Purchase your membership online via the links below: 

Essential Member

£49 per year 

Please note, essential membership is not available to people undertaking, planning to undertake, or awarded the Associateship or Fellowship of the Museums Association (AMA or FMA). Please select full or concessionary rate membership depending on your circumstances.

Full Member 

£94 per year 

Concessions to full membership

£62 per year 

Full-time student 





Concessions not available to international members

Please note that we can not accept payments via e-mail for security reasons. Any emails received with card details will be deleted. The quickest and most secure way to pay is online. Alternatively you can pay over the phone by calling 020 7566 7800.

2020/ 2021 membership fees and benefits  
Fees 2020

More about your benefits

By joining the Museums Association you become part of the largest network of museum and gallery professionals in the UK, with a growing international network. You will get access to a wealth of information, advice and news from our publications and website, numerous events and professional development schemes.

• Enjoy free entry to hundreds of the latest exhibitions and museums around the country. Choose from the list of sites offering free entry to MA members

• Stay informed with your monthly subscription to the Museums Journal  (11 issues a year) and online archive

Essential members – digital subscription only with full access to our online archive

Full members and concessions – print and digital subscription with full access to our online archive 

• Discover the best new approaches in the sector with access to the latest editions and archive of Museum Practice online

• Network and gain new learning opportunities with discounted entry to the MA conferenceone day conferences and other events

• Attend free members’ meetings in your region

• Build your career with access to our professional development schemes (AMAFMA and others) – please note, our CPD programmes are only available to full and concessionary and sole trader members.

• Access Museum Essentials online learning to build your confidence and competence in key areas of museum practice.

Could your organisation benefit from joining the MA? Find out more about institutional membership here.

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