Membership

Every membership supports The Carle in its mission to celebrate picture books with people around the world. Become a member today! We can’t wait to meet you.

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Why do so many people love being members of The Carle? The chance to meet their favorite authors and artists at book signings is just one of the many reasons.

All Members of The Carle receive the following benefits plus additional benefits listed in the packages below.

  • Free admission for one year. 
  • Early entry for major events. 
  • Discounts in The Carle Bookshop and for programs and events. 
  • Invitations to exhibition openings, receptions, and lectures. 

Memberships

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  • Free, unlimited admission for you
  • Early entry for major events
  • Invitations to exhibition openings and members-only events
  • Invitations for you and a guest to members-only exhibition cocktail receptions
  • 15% discount in The Carle Bookshop
  • Discounts on classes, workshops, performances, films, and lectures
  • Free Family Pass to share with a friend (a $34.50 value)
  • Free Museum exhibition poster
  • Priority line placement for popular events
  • Subscription to Museum e-news and exhibition postcards
  • Fee is fully tax-deductible

Senior/Student $35 (age 65+ or Student with proof of current enrollment)

Professional $45 (Educator/Librarian with full-time employment or Artist/Writer with membership in professional organization)

Individual $55

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Family Membership includes all benefits of Individual Membership, plus the following:

  • Free, unlimited admission for another adult (two total), and up to four children (up to age 18)
  • Enrollment of up to four children in the Caterpillar Club (includes a special packet for children with stickers, tattoos, and bookmarks)
  • Fee is fully tax-deductible
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For libraries, schools, and other organizations

  • One-year transferable pass for two adults and up to four children
  • Early entry for major events
  • Invitations to exhibition openings and members-only events
  • Discounts in the Bookshop and for programs and events
  • Free Museum exhibition poster 
  • Subscription to Museum e-news and exhibition postcards
  • Fully tax-deductible

Special Memberships

Deepen your support for The Carle and receive a host of additional benefits.
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  • Benefits of Family Membership, plus two free guest passes for one-time Museum admission 
  • Membership cards for up to two people from one household 
  • Recognition on the Museum Donor Board 
  • One free exhibition catalogue 
  • $113 is tax-deductible 
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  • Benefits of Art Associate Membership, plus two additional (4 total) free guest passes for one-time Museum admission
  • Special gift publication from the Museum, plus a hardcover autographed book 
  • Rental privileges for privately-hosted, night-time event (restrictions apply) 
  • $218 is tax-deductible 
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  • Benefits of Studio Sponsor Membership, plus two additional (6 total) free guest passes for one-time Museum admission
  • One free Gift Membership (Individual level) 
  • End-of-year thank you gift 
  • $433 is tax-deductible 
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  • Benefits of Picture Book Patron Membership, plus two additional (8 total) free guest passes for one-time Museum admission 
  • Invitations for two to private VIP special events 
  • 20% discount in The Carle Bookshop 
  • Complete, current set of exhibition catalogues 
  • $887 is tax-deductible 
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  • Benefits of Founder’s Society Membership, plus unlimited guest passes for one-time Museum admission 
  • Invitations for two director-hosted events, behind-the-scenes tours, and opening dinners 
  • $2,062 is tax-deductible 
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  • Benefits of Director’s Guild Membership, plus waiver of rental fee for one privately hosted, weeknight event (restrictions apply)
  • $4,362 is tax-deductible