Membership FAQs

What is a Charter Membership?
As a Charter Member, you support a world-class museum and receive benefits! Your gift is a tax-deductible donation that supports the new Bell Museum + Planetarium opening in 2018!

Is Charter Membership an annual membership?

Charter membership is a multi-year membership and is valid through May 1, 2018.

Can I sign up for monthly giving and become a member?

Yes! Monthly giving is a great way to support the Bell. For as little as $6 a month, you can become a member.

What if I want to make a gift to something other than membership?

Thank you for your support! You will still receive a Charter Membership when you make a gift of a qualifying amount to any Bell Museum fund.

Do I receive free admission to the current Bell Museum? When does it close?

Yes. Charter Members receive free admission to the current museum located in Minneapolis until it closes on December 31, 2016.

Will I receive benefits after December 31, 2016?

Yes, you will receive invitations to exclusive member events, discounts on summer camps, and free or reduced admission to off-site events.

Will I receive benefits at the new Bell Museum + Planetarium?

Friends-level Charter Members and above will receive exclusive benefits at the new Bell Museum + Planetarium.

Does the Charter Membership include the ASTC Passport Program or benefits at area organizations?

We are not presently participating in the ASTC Passport Program, but Charter Members do receive discounts at local partnering organizations like discounts on membership and/or admission at local museums and cultural attractions.

I signed up under the former membership program and my card expires after December 31, 2016. What happens to my remaining months of membership?

Members who signed up under the former membership program will receive membership benefits (outside of access to the current facility) through the date printed on their membership card. These members will also receive complimentary month(s) of membership at the new Bell Museum + Planetarium.

Join or renew today!

Your tax deductible gift is securely processed through the University of Minnesota Foundation.

Make a gift by credit card or checking account at level that is right for you.

Download form and send it to:
University of Minnesota Foundation
P.O. Box 860266
Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266

Sustaining Contributions
Monthly giving is a great way to become a member and show your support. Select the monthly giving option online or by mail.

Community & Corporate Memberships
Leran more about this new opportunity to connect your business with the Bell!


Please contact Laura Vitko, Development Manager, at or 612-624-0089. Learn more about local benefits from our partnering museums and organizations.