Friends of the Palmer

Becoming a member of the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art is your passport to explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions as well as participate in a broad range of exclusive programs. Don’t let the Palmer go it alone! – Share your love of art with others and become a Friend. For information on the benefits of membership, see below or email Lindsey Landfried, Director of Arts Advancement, College of Arts & Architecture, at or call 814-863-1167.

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Membership Benefits

As a Friend of the Palmer Museum of Art, you will enjoy the special benefits listed here for one year:

  • A 10 percent discount on items purchased at the Museum Store
  • The most up-to-date information about activities surrounding new exhibitions, collections, and educational programs
  • Palmer Museum of Art newsletters and digital communications
  • Reciprocal membership at more than 50 university museums around the country

Membership Categories

  • Student – FREE
  • Young Alumni (35 and under) – $35
  • Individual – $50
  • Family/household – $75
  • Supporting – $150 
  • Sustaining – $250
    • Exclusive Palmer Museum tote bag (available at the Museum store with your membership card) 
  • Benefactor – $350 
    • All Sustaining Benefits plus: an additional 10 percent discount (20 percent total) on Museum Store purchases 
  • Curator – $500 
    • All Sustaining benefits plus: a private tour with a curator and other special opportunities 
  • Patron – $750 
    • All Curator benefits plus: a Palmer Museum publication of your choice 
  • Director’s Circle – $1,250 
    • All Patron benefits plus: recognition on the donor board in the museum lobby and a private director’s tour and lunch for you and four invited guests 
  • Collector’s Circle – $2,500 and more 
    • All Director’s Circle benefits plus: membership in the President’s Club University-wide recognition society 

A 10 percent membership discount is available to senior citizens 60 and older. For tax purposes, your contribution may be reduced by the value of benefits provided.

Become a Friends Member

Select from the levels above and input your membership donation by clicking the online membership form below.

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Student memberships are free!

As a current student, your museum membership is totally FREE! 

To join as a student, you will need your Penn State access I.D. 


Have questions about student membership? Contact Lindsey Landfried, Director of Arts Advancement, College of Arts & Architecture, at or call 814-863-1167.

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Gift Memberships

Give the gift that keeps on giving all year! Gift memberships are great for birthdays, holidays, graduations, weddings, corporate appreciation events—any occasion. Whatever the occasion, your recipient(s) will receive a full 12 months of member benefits at the Palmer Museum (noted above).

Important note: If you would like to purchase a Friends membership as a gift, please DO NOT use the online system; instead, stop by the Museum Store, email, or call 814-863-1167.

Prefer to give your time instead? Get involved and volunteer!