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Membership FAQs

How can I purchase a new membership or renew my current membership to BIMA?

There are three easy ways to join or renew:

  • Online
  • By phone at 206-451-4002
  • At the Museum Store


Why become a BIMA Member if visits to the Museum are free?

BIMA is funded almost 100% 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?

While you don’t need your card handy to visit the galleries, BIMA recommends that you bring your membership card when visiting BIMA 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). Advocate level and above also receive reciprocal benefits at participating museums through 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 Member & VIP Parties?

Guest tickets are available only at the Advocate level and above. For all other membership levels, tickets are only available for registered members.


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, please call the Membership Office at (206) 451-4002 or email


Can my membership be refunded?

Memberships are not refundable in whole or in part.


When will I receive my membership card?

BIMA strives to mail out all Membership cards within seven to ten business days. However during high volume times, it may take up to four weeks. If you plan to visit the Museum before you have received your cards, your membership can be verified at the Museum 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 and memberships make lovely gifts! Simply choose the membership level that you would like to purchase, and click the “Gift” option. You will have the opportunity to include a gift message for the recipient. You can see all membership levels HERE.


Is my membership tax-deductible?

Your membership contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 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 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 (name, address, phone, email, etc.)?

To request any account changes, please call Membership at (206) 451-4002 or email


Why does the Museum request my email address?

By providing your email address, the Museum is able to send you monthly e-news, including updates on new events, special offers, and other member-related news that is not always mailed to homes. If you do not wish to receive the emails, you have the opportunity to opt-out from the mailings.


Does the Museum share my information with anyone else?

BIMA uses 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) 451-4002 or