Become an MCASD Member TODAY for as little as $5 a month and fill your life with the most thought-provoking and boundary-pushing artworks of our time. 

Members receive a full year of free, unlimited admission to our locations in downtown San Diego and La Jolla and invitations to exclusive member openings and TNT. Plus enjoy a wide range of benefits, including: discounts at the Museum X Store and Museum Cafe, discounts on tickets to MCASD events, and free admission to many film screenings and lectures. Learn more about upcoming Member events.

Would you like to give an MCASD Membership to a friend or loved one this holiday season with our Gift of Membership? Contact Senior Membership and Annual Giving Manager April Farrell at 858 454 3541 x162 or to make arrangements.  Learn more about our Gift of Membership package.




General Memberships

Click a membership level below to view its benefits.

E-Member $45


  • One personalized membership card for 12 months of unlimited free admission
  • Access to Members-only e-mail communications and a digital subscription to VIEW, our award winning newsletter
  • Free admission to Member Openings and TNT (Thursday Night Thing) happenings
  • Free or reduced admission to lectures, art talks, and more
  • 10% discount at Museum Cafe in La Jolla
  • 10% discount at Store in La Jolla, access to Members-only sales


Entirely tax-deductible

X Member $75


  • Two personalized membership cards for 12 months of unlimited free admission
  • Free admission to Member Openings and TNT (Thursday Night Thing) happenings
  • Free or reduced admission to lectures, art talks, and more
  • Free subscription to dwell magazine
  • 10% discount at the Museum Cafe in La Jolla
  • 10% discount at Store in La Jolla, access to Members-only sales
  • Special discounts on tickets for the Field Trip Program
  • Subscription to MCASD’s award winning VIEW newsletter
  • Free admission to all Family ArtLAB events

Entirely tax-deductible

Contributor $150

All benefits of X Membership, PLUS:

  • Invitation to annual Russell Lecture and private reception
  • Reciprocal Membership to more than 450 museums nationwide
  • Four complimentary guest passes ($10 value each)
  • Priority registration to Summer C.A.M.P.

Non-deductible portion: $20

Patron $300

All benefits of Contributor Membership, PLUS:

  • Invitation to Annual Axline Lecture and private reception
  • Published gift recognition in one issue of VIEW newsletter

Non-deductible portion: $45

Special Interest Group: Avant Garde $500

All benefits of an X Membership, PLUS:

  • Invitation to the C.A.T. Series, exclusively for Avant Garde Members
  • Special Avant Garde ticket pricing for The Spring Thing fundraiser
  • Invitations to our exclusive hosted Supporters’ Receptions
  • Curator-let tours (by appointment)

$425 add-on for current MCASD Members ($225 tax-deductible)
$500 for new Members ($300 tax-deductible)

Supporter $600

All benefits of Patron Membership, PLUS:

  • Invitations to our exclusive hosted Supporters’ Receptions 
  • Private Gallery Guide-led tours (by appointment)
  • Guest privileges: each member can bring a guest on each visit

Non-deductible portion: $85

Donor Circle $1,500

All benefits of Supporter Membership, PLUS:

  • Eight complimentary guest passes ($10 value each)
  • Access to the exclusive Architecture + Design Series: Meet the New San Diego
  • Private tour of MCASD exhibition led by curator (by appointment)
  • Invitation to participate in our Upper Level Member Field Trip
  • Annual published gift recognition in VIEW newsletter

Non-deductible portion: $100

Benefactor Circle $2,500

All benefits of Donor Circle Membership, PLUS

  • Salon Night Cocktail Party with artists
  • Domestic travel opportunity with a curator to an art fair
  • Priority registration for MCASD Summer Camp
  • Invitation to one Collectors Circle event

Non-deductible portion: $150

Contemporary Collector $5,000

All benefits of Benefactor Circle Membership, PLUS

  • Special insider tours and annual Contemporary Collectors’ trip with MCASD curators to some of the most exciting art scenes in the United States
  • Invitation to the Annual Collectors Selection Dinner to acquire new works for the Museum’s collection
  • Events at private residences where Collectors mingle and enjoy a reception among great contemporary art
  • Invitation to Upper-Level Member events including exhibition previews; Sunday Brunch Series; art tours; lectures; and literary, film, and performing arts programs
  • Private curator-led tour of MCASD exhibitions for your group (by appointment)
  • Personal handling of special event ticket requests
  • Priority invitations to Monte Carlo, Benefit Art Auction, and special Museum events
  • NEW! Special VIP tours of exhibitions during installation
  • NEW! Curator-led tours of artists’ studios

International Collector $10,000

All benefits of Contemporary Collector Membership, PLUS

  • Opportunity to travel to an international destination with MCASD Director Hugh Davies. International Collectors’ trips are led by experts in contemporary and modern art and include exclusive access to the world’s top collections and artists’ studios as well as special receptions and dinners
  • Exclusive events at a private residence where Members dine amongst great contemporary art and enjoy the company of fellow Collectors
  • Underwriting support of an exhibition each year
  • Invitation to a special exhibition opening dinner with MCASD’s director, curators, and artists
  • NEW! Special in-home consultation of your private art collection by experts and curators
  • NEW! Special wine reception for your private group of 12 or less before a curator-led tour of an exhibition (by appointment)

Avant Garde Membership

MCASD’s Avant Garde group was created to provide a gathering place for the vibrant community of 30- to 40-something art enthusiasts and creative professionals to network with artists, curators, collectors, and their peers. Learn more.

Premier Memberships

Take the next step by joining Collectors’ Circle, MCASD’s premier membership groups. From exclusive travel opportunities to private home events, our donors gain insider access to artists, curators, and other collectors with a passion for art. Learn more.