Birthdays and holidays are always just around the corner, and Museum of the Rockies (MOR) has a great gift idea that offers something for everyone and keeps on giving, all year long. An annual museum membership is packed full of benefits that bring visitors back again and again, because there are always new things to explore and discover. It pays for itself many times over with countless ways to be engaged and immersed in exhibits, planetarium shows, programs, classes, special events, and statewide educational outreach opportunities.
Members have the satisfaction of knowing that every dollar spent goes toward fulfilling the museum’s mission of life-long learning and its vision of engagement, inspiration, and discovery. MOR is a world-class research institution and regional history museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, a college-level division of Montana State University, a repository for federal fossils, and an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. Hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy its renowned dinosaur collection, historical displays, and exhibitions from around the world, and schoolchildren across the state learn from programs designed just for them. MOR has so much to offer and an annual membership is the most affordable way to see it all.
Museum of the Rockies makes membership easy by presenting levels of participation from which to choose. Whether opting for the outstanding access gained through general membership, looking to score the perks of a business sponsorship, or seeking a philanthropic endeavor, each individual and family can find something to suit them. All museum exhibits, including Taylor Planetarium shows, are open to every member and free inclusion in the ASTC Travel Passport Program means admission to more than 360 other museums worldwide. General membership also includes members-only events and previews, free and discounted early-childhood programs, special pricing for classes, camps, benefit events, and discounts in the Museum Store.
Supporting members is an integral part of the institution’s funding. The Director’s Society is a group of benefactors who help sustain the museum on a philanthropic level and, in appreciation for their leadership, are provided exclusive bonuses such as VIP events, behind-the-scenes tours, and year-round guest passes to share. Business members are supported in their visibility and reputation-building endeavors with customized benefits including networking at special events, public recognition of their giving, and family membership. MOR even has a unique program for real estate agents who participate as business members.
Why give a membership as a gift? It’s a chance to share the fun of new discoveries with friends and family and to give something of greater value that can never be outgrown or go out of style. Kathryn Hohmann, Director of Philanthropy at Museum of the Rockies says, “Giving the gift of membership is a true sign of caring — caring for your loved ones and your community. Members truly do enjoy more at Museum of the Rockies. They receive free and special member-priced classes, merchandise, and programs. They get our calendars, so they can plan to come to the museum at exhibit openings. And they help us bring even better exhibits and programs to our community.”
Giving membership brings the diverse programs of the museum to someone special, while helping to ensure MOR’s legacy for generations to come. Hohmann says, “Members are special stakeholders. They help underwrite our ongoing research programs and even help safeguard our priceless collections.” It is an immeasurable gift with rewards that last all year and experiences that will impact a lifetime. If there’s someone on your list who seems to “have everything” or you’re wondering what would brighten their holiday, consider giving the gift of membership at Museum of the Rockies.