Individual membership

MA response to coronavirus (Covid-19) and how it affects your membership
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.

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.

We are currently offering a 50% discount on new Essential Memberships for freelancers, and staff and volunteers at institutional member organisations. Use the codes FREELANCE50 or ESSENTIAL50 while purchasing your membership to avail of this offer. Offer ends 17 July.

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 Fees and benefits

Essential Member
* Does not include hard copy of Museums Journal or access to professional development schemes.

Monthly fee - £4.60
Quarterly fee - £12.80
Annual fee - £49

Concessions: Student, Retired, Unwaged, Volunteer, Trustee
Monthly fee - £5.70
Quarterly fee - £16
Annual fee - £62

Full member, Associate, Fellow
Monthly fee - £8.30
Quarterly fee - £24
Annual fee - £94

Membership benefits
  • Free entry to museums and exhibitions with members card
  • Museums Journal and In Practice online
  • Access to free online courses - Museum Essentials
  • Access to online Webinars
  • Access to virtual and physical Members meetings
  • e-Newsletters 3 x per week
  • Members reps in your area
  • Discounts on one day events
  • Discounts on annual conference
  • Access to Professional development schemes - *Full and concessions only
  • Printed copy of Museums Journal - 6 issues per year - *Full and concessions only

In 2020 the Museums Association annual conference will be held virtually for the first time ever and all members are welcome to attend free of charge. More details will be available on the website soon.

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

Read our membership FAQs