Become a Member

Individual Members are central to what we do and why we do it. This is why you’ll always be front and center for exhibitions, series, festivals, performances and more as a member.

Members at Japan Society enjoy exclusive benefits, invitations to special events and discounts on hundreds of performances, films, lectures and classes annually. Learn more about membership levels and related perks below, and visit our FAQ page for additional information about our dynamic program.

Individual / Dual / Family Memberships

Individual ($60) *
Dual ($100) **
Family ($125) ***

• Free Gallery admission
• $5 member tickets to Monthly Classics and Monthly Anime film series
• 20% or more off on ticketed programs
• Up to 15% off on language courses and workshops
• Invitations to exclusive Gallery exhibition previews
• Invitations to member-exclusive programs and events
• Access to members-only presales
• Waived online ticketing fees
• Exclusive member Gallery hours, Wed – Fri, 12-1 pm

* $20 Discount for Students, Seniors, or persons with disabilities
** $20 Discount for Seniors or persons with disabilities; benefits for 2
*** Benefits for 2 adults and up to 4 children

Join | Renew
100% tax-deductible

Sustaining Memberships

Sustaining ($250)
All Family benefits, plus:

• $5 Gallery Admission for additional guests
• Complimentary film tickets for JAPAN CUTS and other select seasonal film series
• Assistance in securing tickets for public programs (upon request)

Join | Renew
$21 non-deductible

Sponsor Memberships

Sponsor ($500)
All Sustaining benefits, plus:

• Complimentary gift membership at the Individual Level
• Invitation to Gallery Cocktails or Tea & Tour events or meet-the-artist receptions
• Recognition in the Performing Arts Playbill
• One complimentary exhibition catalog from our archives annually (select titles)

Join | Renew
$81 non-deductible

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends Members receive all the perks of membership, plus access to the Society’s team of experts on Japan. Giving at these levels provides philanthropic support that enables Japan Society to fulfill its mission and share its love of Japan globally!

Patron Circle ($1,000)

All Sponsor benefits, plus:

• Complimentary Gallery admission for 2 guests per visit
• Opportunity to designate your gift as direct program support, with the option to join an Affinity Group when you designate your membership gift to the Gallery, Performing Arts, Film, or Arts & Culture respectively (see below)
• Recognition in Japan Society’s Annual Report
• Complimentary current exhibition catalogue(s) (when available)
• Invitation to Japan Society’s New Year’s Party
• Invitations to exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences

Join | Renew
$81 non-deductible

Benefactor Circle ($2,000)

All Patron Circle benefits, plus:

• Complimentary Gallery admission for 4 guests
• One-on-one conversation with Program Director of choice
• Priority Seating at Japan Society events (upon request)

Join | Renew
$81 non-deductible

Leadership Circle ($5,000)

All Benefactor Circle benefits, plus:

• Opportunity to earmark support for a specific event or production
• Private Gallery tour – or – Meet’n’Greet with artists, performers or speakers for up to 6 guests, upon request

Join | Renew
$81 non-deductible

Director’s Circle ($10,000)

All Leadership Circle benefits, plus:

• Complimentary Gallery admission for up to 6 guests per visit
• Sponsor recognition for specific event or production support, upon request

Join | Renew
$81 non-deductible  

Categories, benefits, and prices are subject to change. Memberships are not refundable, transferable, and cannot be exchanged or sold. Member benefits are for personal, noncommercial use only. Admissions tickets and membership benefits may not be used for group visits other than as specified.

Affinity Groups

Circle Members may choose to directly support Japan Society programs by joining one of four Affinity Groups with a minimum gift designation of $1,000. Affinity Group members are recognized as a “Friend of…” their designated program area and invited to curated events. Please email [email protected] if you would like to join an Affinity Group.

Friends of the Gallery

Provide critical financial support that sustains Japan Society’s dynamic exhibitions and related lectures and workshops. Established in 1971, the Gallery is one of the few North American public venues that exclusively showcases a full spectrum of Japanese art and its influence on the global artistic scene.

ADDITIONAL PERKS: Gallery and collection visits, private exhibition viewings, studio trips with artists, and first access to art fair VIP passes.

Friends of Performing Arts

Is a community of passionate theater-goers, music enthusiasts and dance lovers dedicated to Japanese performing arts. Since 1953, Japan Society has presented over 700 performances of the finest in traditional and contemporary dance, music, theater and puppetry arts. From traditional noh plays to commissioned new works from cutting-edge artists, Japan Society is committed to bringing innovative artists of the highest caliber to New York and the U.S.

ADDITIONAL PERKS: Advanced notice of performing arts outings, special invitations to private rehearsals, intimate chats and post-show toasts with artists.

Friends of Film

Are avid film-lovers who celebrate the country’s rich cinematic culture. Since its first screening in 1922, the Film Program has become the leading pioneer introducing Japan’s rich and diverse films to American audiences. From retrospectives of classics by seminal film-makers, to JAPAN CUTS featuring international, U.S. and New York premieres of the most current releases, Film at Japan Society has something to enchant everyone.

ADDITIONAL PERKS: Private invitations to intimate receptions with prominent film actors, directors, and industry professionals, special screenings, among other film-related events.

Friends of Education & Family Programs

Have a strong desire to make a difference in international education. Sparking interest in Japan through a suite of family, school and educators programs, our Education department connects classrooms around the world.

ADDITIONAL PERKS: Special invitations to the Junior Fellows Student Exchange program semi-annual receptions, among other education-related receptions and events.