American Culture

Holiday gifts that make a difference: memberships

By Jennifer Angliss

Still stuck on ideas for a clutter-free holiday gift? Think about supporting your local zoo, museum, or botanical garden.

The world would be a much poorer place without the work of these institutions, whether that work is preserving fine art or wildlife habitat or educational outreach. However, there isn’t much that can be done without financial support. Consider giving a gift of membership. Typical membership benefits include free admission for a year and a guest pass or two, sometimes a bit more. You’ll need to check out the local community, and don’t overlook some of the smaller, less flashy places.

Here in Denver, not only do we have the Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, but you’ll also find Denver Botanic Gardens, Butterfly Pavilion, Colorado Historical Society, Denver Firefighters Museum, Wings Over the Rockies, and many more. What’s in your area?

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  1. Although I’m a sponsor, I’ve been giving Family/Dual memberships to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    http://www.metmuseum.org/

    For my Florida friends, I’ve been giving Contributor Memberships to the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art.
    https://one.fsu.edu/community/SSLPage.aspx?pid=1666

    I have been giving memberships for years, and friends really seem to appreciate them. I mean, what else do you give people that have everything, or are hard to give gifts to.

  2. Great idea, Jennifer. I like the idea of combining the financial support for important institutions and giving the gift of unlimited access to those institutions at the same time. Who wouldn’t love regular Sunday afternoons at the Zoo?

    I always appreciated the memberships that my family carried. While studying at Wayne State University my family held a membership at the Detroit Institute of Arts; it was the best place ever to study.