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Membership Benefits: Director's Circle

With annual gifts of $25,000 or more, members of the Director’s Circle support the National Gallery’s top priorities, including acquisitions that reflect the nation, conservation that preserves the collection for future generations, compelling programs, and events for visitors onsite and online. Since its founding in 2006, the Director's Circle has participated in the support of more than 36 exhibitions, many of which would not have been possible without the generous commitment of its members.

With an annual gift of $25,000 or more, members enjoy the following benefits exclusive to the Director's Circle members:

  • Annual reception with the director and members of the executive leadership team on the East Building Refectory Terrace, with a view of the Capitol and the National Mall
  • Exhibition opening dinners and receptions
  • Intimate discussions with National Gallery curators, conservators, and educators 
  • Travel opportunities with the director and National Gallery senior leadership
  • Connections with fellow donors, art enthusiasts, business leaders, and philanthropists

Director's Circle members also enjoy benefits of membership in The Circle as listed below:

  • Invitation to an evening reception to share with a friend or colleague
  • Personalized service via an appointed National Gallery staff contact
  • Behind-the-scenes opportunities to view new acquisitions
  • Updates from the director on new projects, programs, and achievements
  • Assistance in arranging private tours led by curators or docents
  • Opportunity to request reserved onsite parking
  • Reservations for concert series performances
  • Curated selection of special exhibition catalogs
  • Recognition in and a subscription to Art for the Nation, a semiannual publication for National Gallery friends
  • 20% discount at National Gallery Shops
  • Subscription to the monthly Circle e-newsletter 

The total value of benefits made available is estimated to be $1,000 for Director's Circle membership. The amount of your contribution that is deductible for federal income taxes is limited to the excess of the value of the contribution over the value of the benefits made available in return. Please note that this amount is subject to change.

Recent exhibitions sponsored by the Director's Circle

The Circle Membership Types