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? 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 membership@detroithistorical.org

The Detroiter

The Detroiter Membership is available at no cost to residents of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. Upgrade your Detroiter membership to enjoy more great benefits like free and/or discounted admission at 200 history museums and 2,000 other attractions nationwide through the NARM and Time Travelers program. Plus, you'll feel great knowing you've made an additional investment 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.
  • 20% discount on apparel and 10% discount on general items 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 Individual Membership to enjoy more great benefits like free and/or discounted admission at 200 history museums and 2,000 other attractions nationwide through the NARM and Time Travelers program. Plus, you'll feel great knowing you've made an additional investment 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.
  • 20% discount on apparel and 10% discount on general items 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. 

  • 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 affinity groups.
  • Invite to New Member Tour and Reception and other members-only events.
  • 20% discount on apparel and 10% discount on general items 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 | $100  

Your Household Membership includes all Dual Membership level benefits plus 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 free and/or discounted admission at 200 history museums and 2,000 other attractions nationwide through the NARM and Time Travelers program. Plus, you'll feel great knowing you've made an additional investment 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.
  • 20% discount on apparel and 10% discount on general items 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 Household Membership level benefits plus FREE parking while you visit our museums. You also have 2 FREE single use guest passes to use each time you visit. 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.
  • 20% discount on apparel and 10% discount on general items 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 all Friends & Family Membership level benefits plus the satisfaction in knowing you've made a sustaining member investment in the preservation of Detroit's great 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.
  • 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
  • 20% discount on apparel and 10% discount on general items 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 all Benefactor Membership level benefits including the satisfaction in knowing you've made a sustaining member investment in the preservation of Detroit's great history. In addition, you have 4 FREE single use guest passes to use each time you visit our museums and a complimentary parking pass to share with a friend 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.
  • 20% discount on apparel and 10% discount on general items 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 all membership benefits afforded to Patron level members, 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.
  • 20% discount on apparel and 10% discount on general items 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 online during purchase or renewal of a membership. Please contact the membership department to add an affinity group outside of the renewal period.

Friends of the Dossin  |  $20

  • Support programs and exhibitions at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the preservation of our region's maritime history
  • Invitations to special members-only events and programs

Detroit 313  |  $30

*We're launching a new version of Detroit 313 soon with exciting new opportunities! Interested in joining us? Send a message to development@detroithistorical.org

  • 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 Historic Sites  |  $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

Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium  |  $20

  • Support the Historic Hamtramck Stadium
  • Advance notice and invitations to all events and lecture series