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Individual Memberships


Free admission to:

  • Virginia Museum of History & Culture

  • Research Library

  • Banner Lectures

Subscriptions to:

  • Virginia Magazine of History & Biography (scholarly journal; digital edition)

  • Virginia History & Culture (member magazine) 


  • Museum Shop and online store

  • Special programs, events, and exhibition openings

Invitations to:

  • Members-only travel opportunities

  • Members-only events

  • Advance ticket access to select public events

  • Annual Garden Party at Virginia House


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The 1831 Society

Donors whose gifts total $1,000 or more during the Virginia Historical Society's fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) are recognized as members of the 1831 Society and receive special recognition and event invitations.

Join us and take advantage of all the exciting benefits that membership offers. Plus, your support helps provide vital educational programming for schools, develop multi-generational learning experiences, preserve important artifacts of Virginia's history, and foster community engagement.


Individual Membership (benefits for one person)

  • Individual $60

  • Senior Individual $55 (age 65 and older)

  • Academic/Teacher $50

  • Military $50 (active duty or retired)

  • Student $25 (valid student ID required)

Dual Membership (benefits for two individuals at same address)

  • Individual Plus One $75

  • Senior Couple $75 (ages 65 or older)

Family $85 (benefits for four individuals at the same address)

Gift of Membership

Give the gift of history to someone special with a membership to the Virginia Historical Society. Are you interested in redeeming a gift membership? Redeem a gift membership.


We invite you to follow in the footsteps of the leaders who founded the Virginia Historical Society – leaders such as James Madison, our first member, and John Marshall, our first chairman. Today’s generous leadership members are continuing Madison and Marshall’s vision: To instill American values in the next generation by preserving and sharing the story of Virginia.

Leaders who support the Virginia Museum of History & Culture at the following membership levels enjoy special perks, including a complimentary subscription to the print edition of the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography and other exclusive opportunities. 

Founders – $15,000 and above

John Marshall Council – $10,000

James Madison Council – $5,000

Senior Fellow – $2,500

Fellow – $1,000

Associate – $500

Benefactor – $250

Let Us Help

For more information about memberships and giving opportunities, please contact Matt Weber, Manager of Annual Giving and Membership, at 804.342.9658 or mweber@VirginiaHistory.org.