Membership Levels

The Detroit Historical Society offers different membership levels best meet your needs and interest levels. Are you a history enthusiast? Join one of our affinity groups. Available to Detroit Historical Society Members at the Collector Level or above, our affinity groups allow members with common interests to learn and share together while supporting the Society in ways beyond general membership.

Questions about membership levels? Call 313.833.0242 or email


Collector Society  |  $50

  • Free parking when visiting the Detroit Historical Museum
  • 10% discount at museum’s stores
  • Discounted ticket for cardholding member to all Detroit Historical Society programs and tours

Purchase/Renew Collector Membership

Archivist Society  |  $75

Collector Benefits plus:

  • Ability to purchase up to three (3) additional discounted tickets to all Detroit Historical Society programs and tours
  • Reciprocal membership at over 200 historical museums across the United States
    • (details available here)

Purchase/Renew Archivist Membership

Historian Society  |  $150

Archivist Benefits plus:

  • Subscription to Michigan History Magazine
  • 10% discount on museum facility rentals and group tours
  • Private guided tour of either the Detroit Historical Society or Dossin Great Lakes Museum for up to six (6) people.

Purchase/Renew Historian Membership

Cobblestone  |  $1,000

Historian Benefits plus:

  • Recognition as a Cobblestone Member in the Society’s Annual Report
  • Commemorative display cobblestone
  • Invitations to exclusive Society donor events
  • Invitation to one exclusive tour of the Collections Resource Center (offered twice yearly)

Purchase/Renew Cobblestone Membership

Scholar Society  |  $25

  • Same Benefits as the Collector Society at a discount for current students.
  • Must present current student ID or equivlent proof of enrollment upon joining.

 *Not Available Online* Call 313.833.0158 to Purchase Scholar Membership



Affinity group memberships are only available during purchase or renewal of a Collector Level Membership or higher.

Friends of the Dossin  |  $20

  • A subscription to the highly acclaimed quarterly publication, Telescope, which contains in-depth articles about maritime history as well as Great Lakes and seaway news
  • Invitations to special members-only events and programs

Detroit 313  |  $30

  • Networking and promotes involvement in the Society for young professionals aged 18-45
  • Advance notice and invitations to all events, lecture series and new exhibits
  • Special discounts on 313 events
  • One 313 collector item upon joining

Friends of Detroit's Black History  |  $20

  • Supports the work of the Black Historic Sites Committee, which sponsors programming and events celebrating the African American experience in Detroit
  • Promotes a greater understanding of the role of African Americans in the region’s history
  • Advance notice and invitations to all events and lecture series

Friends of Glancy Trains (Glancy)  |  $20

  • Support the Society’s Glancy Trains exhibit and Modular Railroad Club
  • Advance notice and invitations to all events and lecture series 
  • Recognition of support in the Glancy Trains exhibit