Membership FAQs

  • How can I purchase a new membership or renew my current membership to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art?
    There are three easy ways to join or renew:
    • Online
    • By phone at 206.451.4013
    • At the Museum Gift Store
  • Why become a BIMA Member if visits to the Museum are free?
    BIMA is almost 100% funded by members and donors like you. Your membership helps us stay free and accessible to all and provide the exhibitions and programs we do.
  • Do I need to bring my membership card with me when I visit?
    We recommend that you bring your membership card when visiting the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art so you can easily enjoy your onsite benefits. However, if you have misplaced your card or do not have your card with you during your visit, your membership can be verified at the Gift Store or Bistro.

  • Can I use my membership for free admission and/or discounts at other museums?
    Members at the Patron level and above enjoy reciprocal benefits at participating museums throughout the country through the North American Reciprocal Museums Program (NARM) and the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM).

  • How long is my membership valid?
    Your membership is valid for one year from the time that your payment is received.

  • May I bring a guest to the Members & VIP Preview Party?

    • Single memberships (Senior level, Educator level, Military level, Individual level) admit only the registered membership holder to BIMA Member events.
    • Family/Dual memberships admit 2 adults to all BIMA Member events, plus all household children if applicable.
    • Patron and Advocate levels admit registered membership holders, plus 2 additional guests to Member events.
    • Benefactor level and above admit registered membership holders, plus 4 additional guests to Member events.

If an event notice or invitation specifically mentions that guests are permitted, members are welcome to bring them along.  Due to capacity limitations in the galleries, we regret that additional guests cannot be accommodated. If you would like to upgrade your membership and bring a guest with you more often, please contact the membership office at 206.451.4013

  • What happens if I lose my membership card?
    You may still use your Member discounts at the Museum. If you would like a replacement card you may call the Membership Office at 206.451.4013 or email

  • Can my membership be refunded?
    No. Memberships are not refundable in whole or in part.

  • When will I receive my membership card?
    We strive to mail out all Membership cards within 7-10 business days, but due to high volume, it can sometimes take up to 4 weeks. If you plan to visit the Museum before you have received your cards, your membership can still be verified at the Museum Gift Store or Bistro.

  • I just renewed my membership. Why did I receive another notice in the mail?
    It takes up to two weeks to receive and process a renewal payment. If you recently renewed, please disregard any additional notices.

  • When do my benefits begin?
    Your member benefits begin the day you join.

  • Can I give a membership to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art as a gift?
    Yes. Simply choose the membership level that you would like to purchase, click the “Join/Renew” button, and check the box indicating that your membership is a gift to be prompted for recipient information. Or click HERE.

  • Is my membership tax-deductible?
    Your membership contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Memberships are fully tax deductible. Your documentation for tax deductibility is included on your Membership card form. If you have lost this document, please email to request a copy of your document.

  • Do my yearly donations (including One Call for All, End of Year Campaign, GreatGive, GiveBig, #GivingTuesday) count toward Membership?
    No. In order to be a BIMA member, you must join and pay membership dues.  Other contributions are greatly appreciated but do not qualify as membership.

  • How do I change my account information; including name, address, phone or email changes?
    The names listed on a membership may be changed if there has been a change in the family’s circumstances, such as a death, move, or a change in relationship status. To request any account changes,  please call Membership at 206.451.4013 or email

  • Why does the Museum request my email address?
    By providing your email address, the Museum will be able to send you monthly enews, including updates on new events, special offers, and other member-related news that is not always mailed to homes.

  • Does the Museum share my information with anyone else?
    We use email for communication purposes only and will never sell or share your email address. From time to time, the Museum does exchange our members' mailing addresses with other nonprofit cultural organizations. If you prefer this information not be shared with other nonprofits, please contact us at 206.451.4013 or