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A great museum doesn’t just happen. It’s built brick by brick, exhibit by exhibit, program by program. And a great museum can’t rely on trustees and staff alone – it is built on the support of its visitors, members and friends.

Through the generosity of a small group of visionaries to establish the museum, early donors initiated a spirited philanthropic tradition that has been carried on and strengthened by literally thousands of others since the museum’s inception in 1939.

Last year, individual contributions helped the museum touch the lives of more than 50,000 visitors and 12,000 students; lighting a creative spark for discovery and lifelong learning. 

The Suffolk County Museum. The Museums at Stony Brook. The Long Island Museum. We know it by different names; but supporters from every era are coming together like never before, offering their dedication, time and resources to shape this “national treasure.”

Children in the Classroom

Every child and adult in the region deserves the very best in cultural programming – and the museum simply cannot do it without you. You are the difference. Every gift has a tangible impact. 

Here’s what you can do:

  • Become a member or increase your current membership commitment
  • Give to the annual appeal
  • Sponsor an exhibition, educational program or special event
  • Attend one of our fundraising events like the annual Holiday Celebration and/or Golf Tournament
  • Hold your next meeting, party or other event at the museum
  • Contribute to the museum in honor of a loved one
  • Bring your family to exhibitions, special events and public programs
  • Volunteer


Your generous support is a source of encouragement to the board, staff and volunteers, all of whom share the belief that the arts are crucial to our lives and that the museum, by making unique and extraordinary arts and cultural programming available to a broad and diverse public, truly helps people realize “… the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world.”

If you have any questions or wish to discuss how you can contribute to the museum, please call the Director of Development at (631) 751-0066 x 276.

Individual Membership

A museum membership is a commitment to your family – to quality time when you, your parents and children experience the world in which we live – together. 

The Long Island Museum is the place for children to discover – and parents and grandparents to rediscover – the richness and diversity of America’s cultural heritage. 

Levels of Individual Membership:

INDIVIDUAL                        ($40)

  • Free unlimited general admission for one year
  • 10% discount on Museum merchandise; 20% on special sale days
  • Member-only discount on selected programs for adults and children
  • Invitations to special exhibition receptions
  • Subscription to the museum newsletter, News & Events
  • 2 one-time guest admission passes
  • Personalized membership card

DUAL/FAMILY                     ($60)
All Individual benefits, plus:

  • Free admission for children 18 and under
  • Complimentary admission for your immediate family to Family Fun Weekends
  • Additional membership card

CONTRIBUTOR                  ($100)
All Dual/Family benefits, plus:

  • 6 one-time guest admission passes

SPONSOR                             ($250)
All Contributor benefits, plus:

  • Behind the scenes collections tour with curator
  • 10 one-time guest admission passes

PATRON                                ($500)
All Sponsor benefits, plus:

  • Complimentary registration for 2 classes/workshops
  • Special invitation to private reception
  • 15 one-time guest admission passes

All Patron benefits, plus:

  • Special invitations to participate in exclusive events and tours throughout the year
  • 20 one-time guest admission passes



SENIOR, Age 62+                 ($25)
Enjoy all the Individual benefits

Enjoy all the Dual/Family benefits

  • Free admission for children and grandchildren 18 and under

STUDENT, Full-Time             ($25)   
Enjoy all the Individual benefits

As a member of the Long Island Museum, you can add value to your membership and become an Affiliate Members of the Smithsonian Institution.  For an additional $20 , you’ll receive:

  • A one-year subscription to either Smithsonian Magazine or Air & Space Magazine
  • Exclusive travel and study opportunities from Smithsonian Journeys
  • Free admission to the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • 10% discount on Smithsonian merchandise


Corporate / Business Membership

Business membership is an investment in the cultural vitality of the region of enduring significance.  As a young girl was heard to state recently as she toured the new carriage galleries, “We weren’t born back then, so we didn’t get to see all this stuff.”  

A partnership with the Long Island Museum will enable your business to:

  • Be recognized as a support of the Long Island Museum
  • Enjoy enhanced name recognition
  • Reach new customers and markets through programs like Perfecting the Art of Business
  • Increase your reputation as a concerned citizen
  • Enrich the quality of life in our community

Levels of Business Membershp:

CONTRIBUTOR                   ($150)

  • Free unlimited general admission for one year
  • 10% discount on Museum merchandise; 20% on special sale days
  • Special Business Member facility rental rates
  • Invitations to special exhibition receptions
  • Subscription to the museum newsletter, News & Events
  • 10 one-time guest admission passes for employees and/or clients
  • Personalized membership card

FRIEND                                  ($300)
All Contributor benefits, plus:

  • Two complimentary registrations for Perfecting the Art of Business networking reception

PARTNER                              ($500)
All Friend benefits, plus:

  • Link to company website from museum website
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the museum for you and your guests

BENEFACTOR                      ($1,000)
All Partner benefits, plus:

  • Acknowledgement as a co-sponsor of an exhibition reception

PATRON                                ($2,500)
All Benefactor benefits, plus:

  • Co-sponsor acknowledgement of museum exhibition or program
  • Company display with staff on high traffic day of the exhibition
  • Company wide employee day at the museum
  • Complimentary use of the Gillespie Room for a daytime meeting

SPONSOR                  ($5,000)
All Patron benefits, plus:

  • Presenting sponsor acknowledgement of major exhibition
  • Special invitation to private reception



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