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Membership FAQs

Becoming a Member or Renewing an Existing Membership

1. How can I renew my membership?
Renewing your membership is easy! For fastest service, renew online. You can also renew at the Museum by calling 828.295.9099, or by mailing your check or credit card payment to:
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Attn: Membership 
PO Box 828
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

2. How can I check if my membership is still valid?
Memberships are activated on the date of purchase and are valid for one year. Your membership renewal date is located on the back of your membership card. If you do not have your membership card and would like to verify your membership, please email your full name and address to

3. How can I update my mailing address or contact information?
Please email your new contact information to, and we will update our records.

4. I am interested in upgrading my membership to a higher level. How should I do this?
To increase your membership support at any time, please visit the Museum or call 828.295.9099.

5. I have already renewed my membership. Why am I still receiving renewal notices in the mail?
Due to processing time, your payment and renewal notice may have crossed paths in the mail. To confirm that we have received your membership payment, please email Please disregard any notices you receive after your payment has been submitted.

6. Can I purchase a membership as a gift?
Membership at BRAHM makes the perfect gift for all occasions! For fastest service, purchase a gift membership online. You may also purchase a gift membership at the Museum or by calling 828.295.9099.

Membership Cards

1. When will I receive my membership card(s)? Can I visit the Museum without my card?
You will receive your membership card(s) by mail within 10 - 14 business days of purchasing your membership. If you come to the Museum without your card, please check in at the Visitor Services Desk.

2. I have lost or misplaced my membership card. How can I request a replacement?
If you have lost or misplaced your membership card, you may request a duplicate card by sending your full name and address to

3. Can I designate a second membership cardholder?
Members beginning at the Household ($75) level may designate a second membership cardholder at the time of purchase. To add or change the secondary cardholder name, please email with your full name and address.

4. Can I give my membership card to someone else to use?
Membership cards are not transferable. For information on bringing guests to the Museum, please see the Member Benefits section below.

Member Benefits

1. Do Members get free admission? How many guests may I bring for free to the Museum?
Admission to the museum galleries if free and open to the public. 

1. Do Members get free admission? How many guests may I bring for free to the Museum?
Admission to the museum galleries if free and open to the public. 

2. Do I need tickets to view special exhibitions? 
Tickets are not required to view any of the Museum's exhibitions, so you may visit them for free as often as you like.

3. Do I receive Museum discounts with my membership?
Members receive a 10% discount on workshops and classes, reduced and/or free admission to BRAHM-sponsored programs, free and/or reduced admission on select children’s programs (Family level and above), and 10% off in our gift shop.

4. What are member previews for special exhibitions and how do I attend? 
Member previews are exclusive opportunities to view select special exhibitions before they open to the public. Invitations to previews are mailed to members. 

5. How can I sign up to receive membership emails?
To receive emails from Museum, sign-up online or email your full name and preferred email address to This is the best way to stay informed and receive advanced notice of exhibitions, programs, events, and special offers.

6. How may I register for the free curatorial lectures (Special Members tours)?
Members are invited to attend curatorial lectures about the Permanent Collection and current exhibitions. Advance registration is not required, but RSVP's are appreciated. Please call the museum at (828) 295-9099 to RSVP. Please be ready to present your current membership card at the entrance to BRAHM.

8. Do I receive reciprocal membership privileges at other museums with my membership?
Members beginning at the Friend ($150) level receive privileges at 1100+ other institutions. Present your BRAHM Membership Card with the NARM gold sticker to receive these benefits. Learn more about reciprocal membership

9. I have a question that has not been answered on this page
We would be happy to assist you. Please call the Museum 828.295.9099 or email us at

Special BRAHM Membership Societies

1. What are BRAHM Membership Societies, and what do membership dues support?
BRAHM Membership Societies are exclusive groups of Museum supporters at the Chestnut ($2,500) level and above.  Proceeds from the Societies support the operation and sustainability of the Museum. 

2. What are the BRAHM Society levels and additional benefits?
Visit our Membership Societies page for more information.

3. When is a good time to join the Membership Societies?
Feel free to join at any time! Your membership begins the day you sign up and is active for one year. We have events year round, so no matter when you join you will soon receive an invitation to a special event. 

4. Society dues are for individuals or couples. Does this mean individual members may bring a guest to events? How does this work?
People who join as a couple will receive membership cards and invitations with both names listed. If one person is unable to attend an event, the other person is welcome to bring a guest instead. People who join as individuals are welcome to bring a guest to our exclusive Society events. On very rare occasions, due to space constraints, events are limited to Society Members only.