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.

Boy excitedly reading book at signing.
Why do so many people love being members of The Carle? The chance to meet a favorite author and artists at book signings is one compelling reason.

Member benefits

  • All members of The Carle receive free admission for one year, as well as early entry for major events, discounts in the Bookshop and for programs and events, and invitations to exhibition openings. Additional benefits vary depending on your chosen membership package. See below.

Individual Memberships, $35–$55

  • Free, unlimited admission for you
  • 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

Family Membership, $75

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

Organizational Membership, $125

For libraries, schools, and other organizations

  • One-year transferable pass for two adults and up to four children
  • 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.
Eric Carle's painted red and orange tissue paper
  • 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 
Eric Carle's painted red and orange tissue paper
  • 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 
Eric Carle's painted red and orange tissue paper
  • 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 
Eric Carle's painted red and orange tissue paper
  • 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 
Eric Carle's painted red and orange tissue paper
  • Benefits of Founder's Society Membership, plus unlimited guest passes for one-time Museum admission 
  • Invitations for two to director-hosted events, behind-the-scenes tours, and opening dinners 
  • $2,062 is tax-deductible 
Eric Carle's painted red and orange tissue paper
  • Benefits of Director's Guild Membership, plus waiver of rental fee for one privately hosted, weeknight event (restrictions apply)
  • $4,362 is tax-deductible