Membership Levels

Free admission is just the beginning! Detroit Historical Society membership is your ticket to Detroit's past, present and future. Experience special VIP access to top exhibitions, curator-led discussions, exclusive member events, museum shop discounts and other exciting members-only opportunities.

Are you a history enthusiast? Join one of our affinity groups, allowing 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 membership@detroithistorical.org

The Detroiter

The Detroiter Membership is available at no cost to residents of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. Upgrade your membership and enjoy more great benefits like priority ticketing for our most popular events and reciprocal membership at over 200 history museums nationwide through the Time Travelers program. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're an active participant in the preservation of Detroit's important history. 

  • Digital membership card (The Detroiter memberships must be activated and renewed online).
  • Membership for 1 named adult.
  • Free unlimited general admission to Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum for 1 named adult and for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household.
  • Opportunity to join special interest auxiliaries.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • 10% discount in our museum stores.
  • Insider knowledge of behind-the-scenes activities and the latest museums news in our membership e-newsletter.

Activate/Renew Detroiter Membership

Individual  |  $45

The Individual Membership is available at a discounted rate of $30 for seniors, students, and active military when purchased on-site at one of our museums with verification of photo identification. Upgrade your membership and enjoy more great benefits like priority ticketing for our most popular events and reciprocal membership at over 200 history museums nationwide through the Time Travelers program. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're an active participant in the preservation of Detroit's important history.

  • Digital membership card.
  • Membership for 1 named adult.
  • Free unlimited general admission to Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
  • Opportunity to join special interest auxiliaries.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • 10% discount in our museum stores.
  • Insider knowledge of behind-the-scenes activities and the latest museums news in our membership e-newsletter.

Purchase/Renew Individual Membership

Dual | $80

Your Dual Membership includes membership benefits for two named adults or 1 named adult and 1 guest each visit. Named cardholder must be present. Upgrade your membership and enjoy more great benefits like priority ticketing for our most popular events and reciprocal membership at over 200 history museums nationwide through the Time Travelers program. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're an active participant in the preservation of Detroit's important history.  

  • Digital membership card.
  • Membership for 2 named adults or 1 named adult and 1 guest each visit (named cardholder must be present).
  • Free unlimited general admission to Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum.
  • Opportunity to join special interest auxiliaries.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • 10% discount in our museum stores.
  • Insider knowledge of behind-the-scenes activities and the latest museums news in our membership e-newsletter.

Purchase/Renew Dual Membership 

Household | $95  

Your Household Membership includes membership benefits for up to two named adults and unlimited free general admission for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household. At this level, you have access to additional benefits like priority ticketing for our most popular events, discounts on facility rentals and reciprocal membership at over 200 history museums nationwide through the Time Travelers program. You can also take pride in knowing you're an active participant in the preservation of Detroit's important history.    

  • Digital membership card.
  • Membership for 2 named adults.
  • Free unlimited general admission to Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household.
  • Opportunity to join special interest auxiliaries.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • Priority ticketing and discounted tickets for DHS events and public programs including Bourbon & Bowties and our popular Behind the Scenes Tours*.
  • 10% discount on facility rentals, birthday parties and group tours.
  • 10% discount in our museum stores.
  • Insider knowledge of behind-the-scenes activities and the latest museums news in our membership e-newsletter.

Purchase/Renew Household Membership

Friends and Family | $150 

Your Friends and Family Membership includes membership benefits for up to two named adults and unlimited free general admission for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household. In addition to priority ticketing for our most popular events, discounts on facility rentals and reciprocal membership at over 200 history museums nationwide through the Time Travelers program – you also have 2 FREE single use guest passes to use each time you visit our museums. You can also click here to activate your complimentary subscription to Michigan History magazine. 

  • Digital membership card.
  • Membership for 2 named adults.
  • Free unlimited general admission to Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household.
  • TWO free single-use guest passes to use each time you visit.
  • Opportunity to join special interest auxiliaries.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • Priority ticketing and discounted tickets for DHS events and public programs including Bourbon & Bowties and our popular Behind the Scenes Tours*.
  • Subscription to Michigan History magazine.
  • 10% discount on facility rentals, birthday parties and group tours.
  • 10% discount in our museum stores.
  • Insider knowledge of behind-the-scenes activities and the latest museums news in our membership e-newsletter. 

Purchase/Renew Friends and Family Membership 

Benefactor | $250 

Your Benefactor Membership includes membership benefits for up to two named adults and unlimited free general admission for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household. In addition to priority ticketing for our most popular events, discounts on facility rentals, and reciprocal membership at over 200 history museums nationwide through the Time Travelers program – you have two FREE single use guest passes to use each time you visit our museums and one complimentary parking pass for one-time use. You can also click here to activate your complimentary subscription to Michigan History magazine. 

  • Digital membership card.
  • Membership for 2 named adults.
  • Free unlimited general admission to Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household.
  • TWO free single-use guest passes to use each time you visit.
  • Opportunity to join special interest auxiliaries.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • Priority ticketing and discounted tickets for DHS events and public programs including Bourbon & Bowties and our popular Behind the Scenes Tours*.
  • Subscription to Michigan History magazine.
  • 10% discount on facility rentals, birthday parties and group tours.
  • 10% discount in our museum stores.
  • Insider knowledge of behind-the-scenes activities and the latest museums news in our membership e-newsletter. 

Purchase/Renew Benefactor Membership 

Patron | $500 

Your Patron Membership includes membership benefits for up to two named adults, unlimited free general admission for all named children under 18 years and living in the same householdIn addition to priority ticketing for our most popular events, discounts on facility rentals and reciprocal membership at over 200 history museums nationwide through the Time Travelers program – you have 4 FREE single use guest passes to use each time you visit our museums and a complimentary parking pass for one-time use. You can also click here to activate your complimentary subscription to Michigan History magazine. 

  • Digital membership card.
  • Membership for 2 named adults.
  • Free unlimited general admission to Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household.
  • FOUR free single-use guest passes to use each time you visit.
  • Opportunity to join special interest auxiliaries.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • Priority ticketing and discounted tickets for DHS events and public programs including Bourbon & Bowties and our popular Behind the Scenes Tours*.
  • Subscription to Michigan History magazine.
  • 10% discount on facility rentals, birthday parties and group tours.
  • 10% discount in our museum stores.
  • Insider knowledge of behind-the-scenes activities and the latest museums news in our membership e-newsletter. 

Purchase/Renew Patron Membership  

Cobblestone | $1,000 

As a Cobblestone Member, you join a prestigious circle of donors who sustain the Society. In addition to membership benefits for up to two named adults and unlimited free general admission for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household, you will receive recognition as a Cobblestone Circle Member in the Society’s Annual Report, a special display cobblestone commemorating your support and invitations to exclusive Society donor events. We’re also pleased to provide you free parking for up to 2 vehicles whenever you visit the Detroit Historical Museum. 

You can also click here to activate your complimentary subscription to Michigan History magazine. 

  • Digital membership card.
  • Membership for 2 named adults.
  • Free unlimited general admission to Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum for all named children under 18 years and living in the same household.
  • TEN free single-use guest passes to use each time you visit.
  • Opportunity to join special interest auxiliaries.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • Priority ticketing and discounted tickets for DHS events and public programs including Bourbon & Bowties and our popular Behind the Scenes Tours*.
  • Subscription to Michigan History magazine.
  • 10% discount on facility rentals and group tours.
  • 10% discount in our museum stores.
  • Insider knowledge of behind-the-scenes activities and the latest museums news in our membership e-newsletter. 

Purchase/Renew Cobblestone Membership 

 

AFFINITY GROUPS

Affinity group memberships are only available during purchase or renewal of a membership.

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