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      Membership at PEM

      Enjoy personalized benefits that give you a stronger connection to PEM. Your support allows us to share our outstanding collections and celebrate creative expression from around the world.

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      Member benefits


      • Free admission for the year
      • Invitations to members-only sales at the Museum Shop


      • Curator-led tours of major exhibitions and special installations
      • Invitations to member events


      • 10% discount at the Museum Shop and even greater savings during special sales
      • 10% discount at the Atrium Café
      • Reduced rates for select public programs, lectures and concerts
      We visited first with our reciprocal membership from the Worcester Art Museum and fell in love with PEM! Each exhibition and the overall experience is inspirational. Thank you!
      — Sponsor-level member
      Visiting PEM is always a day to remember. Over the years, I've loved sharing the experience with my young nieces and nephews and have many photos to show the fun we've had.
      — Family-level member
      PEM is our all-time favorite museum. I would go every day if I could. Beauty of space and quality of curation/interpretation are most important to me and what makes PEM stand out.
      — Patron-level member
      I adore this museum. PEM is truly my happy place.
      — Senior-level member
      I’ve been retired for the last two years and I think it is important to keep busy. Being a member gives me the opportunity to learn and see new things at my own pace.
      — Dual-level member
      Being a member is a real source of pride for me!
      — Sponsor-level member

      Membership Levels


      $65 year

      • Member benefits for one person, age 65 and older


      $70 year

      • Member benefits for one person


      $100 year

      All Individual-level benefits plus:

      • Member benefits for two or one person and a guest


      $110 year

      All Dual-level benefits, plus:

      • Free admission for children under the age of 18


      $210 year

      All Family-level benefits, plus:

      • Admission for four people to PEM, each visit
      • Free admission to the North American Reciprocal Museums’ and Council of American Maritime Museums’ participating institutions nationwide


      $400 year

      All Sponsor-level benefits, plus:

      • Four complimentary member-for-a-day passes to share with family and friends
      • Complimentary PEM exhibition catalog

        ($300 is tax-deductible)


      $675 year

      All Patron-level benefits, plus:

      • Two additional complimentary member-for-a-day passes for you to share with family and friends (six total)

        ($535 tax-deductible)

      Looking to increase your impact?

      East India Marine Associates

      Our East India Marine Associates are PEM's most generous philanthropists, supporting the museum with essential contributions that enable the creation of groundbreaking exhibitions and transformative experiences.


      Generation PEM (GenPEM) is a community of museum enthusiasts, artists and collectors. Enjoy innovative programming, curator-led tours and pop-up events designed to connect living artists and art lovers.

      Looking for other ways to support PEM?


      You can join or renew your membership online, in person or by contacting the Membership team at or 978-542-1641.

      Your membership starts the day you purchase it and is active for 12 months.

      Senior and Individual members receive one membership card. All other levels can receive up to two membership cards.

      You are automatically signed up to receive member emails once you join! These emails will keep you up to date with PEM's curator-led tours, monthly museum updates and invitations to special member events.

      All children under the age of 16 receive free admission to PEM. For Family-level members, the age limit is extended to 18 years and under.

      Advanced registration is not required for general admission. Your membership card can be used as your ticket for the day. For ease of access, you can choose to reserve your tickets prior to your visit.

      Yes! You can purchase a gift membership, at any level, to give the gift of PEM to your friends and family. Learn more about our membership levels.

      PEM does not offer discounted memberships at this time.

      For admission to PEM, membership cards are preferred, but not required. If you do not have your card, representatives at the Admissions desk would be happy to provide a temporary pass for the day. For Sponsor-level members and above, membership cards are needed to access North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) and Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) institutions.

      Yes. Sponsor-level members and above receive North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) and Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) reciprocal benefits. Additional information, along with a list of participating institutions, can be found on their websites.

      Yes. All membership contributions (except for Patron and Benefactor) are fully tax-deductible. Specific tax deductibility information for your gift will be stated on your membership acknowledgement letter.

      Events that may interest you

      In person

      GenPEM: Wine Tasting & Curator Chat

      Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 6—8 pm


      Open City by Teju Cole

      Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 4:30 pm