Individual membership

Your membership helps us to advocate for and support museums to make an impact and use collections to inspire people and change lives.

In return we offer a gateway to knowledge and career enhancement through online resources,  publications, events, professional development and seeing other museums for free. You are also joining the largest network of museums and galleries in the UK – our shared aims and values bring members together in a unique way to realise the impact of museums and their collections.

Join today and start making change happen.

We are a professional association. Our membership is for all people working in and with museums, as well as volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites, full-time students looking to enter the sector, retired professionals, people pursuing a career in museums, and friends and trustees of museums.

Three months free for unwaged members

In order to support those who have been made redundant, who haven’t had their contracts renewed or who are unable to find sector work due to the current pandemic we will be providing 3 months free membership when you join or renew as an unwaged member.

Unwaged membership will now cost just £46.50 annually, our cheapest membership, and will still retain full member benefits like getting Museums Journal in print and being able to undertake professional development schemes, such as the AMA.

There will still be the option to break down payments into monthly or quarterly Direct Debits, to help spread the cost. This means unwaged membership could cost just £4.40 a month.

To access this reduced price, please select the unwaged grade of membership when taking out a new membership or renewing your existing membership.

Essential membership

£49 per year
£12.80 per quarter
£4.60 per month
Essential membership does not include print Museums Journal or access to professional development programmes

Full membership

£94 per year
£24 per quarter
£8.30 per month
Includes Museum Journal in print 6 times a year; Associate and Fellow members must join at this level

Concessionary membership

£62 per year
£16 per quarter
£5.70 per month
For full-time students, volunteers, trustees, and retired people

Unwaged discounted membership

£46.50 per year
£12.10 per quarter
£4.40 per month
Special offer for unwaged people only – three months' membership free

If you are an awarded AMA, FMA or Transformer, or are working towards these awards, you need to be a full/concessionary member.  

Full membership provides you with all the benefits, including access to our professional development programmes and copies of our magazine, Museums Journal.

Concessionary membership provides the same benefits, but with a discount for students, volunteers, trustees, and unwaged and retired workers.

Essential membership gives you online-only access to our content and doesn’t include access to our professional development programmes. 

International members can join as an essential member or full member only (not concessionary).

Benefits to you

With your membership you can enjoy the following:

  • Free entry to museums and exhibitions with members card
  • Museums Journal online – the latest news, trends and practical advice
  • Access to our free online courses – Museum Essentials
  • Access to online Webinars
  • Access to virtual and physical Members meetings
  • e-Newsletters x3 per week
  • Member 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

We are a charity and we do not receive any government funding. The majority of our resources are generated through membership. Your membership allows us to continue supporting all museums and those working in and with them.

New student?

If you are beginning a post-graduate course or other course related to museum and heritage studies, becoming a member of the Museums Association can open up a lot of sector content, advice and courses to really help you on your way.

Download our student pack to read more about the benefits that help students pursue their museum career.

Great benefits for students
Student pack 2020
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