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Heritage Circle FAQ

Have questions about Heritage Circle membership?

Check out the FAQ below or call 206 324 1126 Ext. 193.

When will I receive my member cards?

It takes about two weeks to receive membership cards and a tax receipt in the mail.

Can I still go to the museum if I have bought a membership but haven’t received my member card?

Yes, provide your full name at the Admission Desk and they can access your membership for entry.

Are Heritage Circle memberships tax deductible?

A major portion of all Heritage Circle memberships are tax-deductible and those amounts are listed here. Your tax-receipt will clearly indicate how much of your donation is tax deductible.

If I make a donation through a donor-advised fund, can I still receive Heritage Circle benefits?

Unfortunately, current IRS tax guidelines do not allow MOAHI to provide any sort of benefit for donations received via donor-advised fund.

What is a reciprocal membership?

MOHAI participates in reciprocal benefit programs as an added benefit for our members. The programs offer MOHAI members at the MOHAI Plus, Storyteller, Innovator and Heritage Circle levels access to visit participating museums locally and nationally. Each reciprocal program and participating museum offers varying benefits so make sure to check before visiting a reciprocal museum.

MOHAI currently participates in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) and the Time Travelers.

What is a Smithsonian Affiliate membership?

Did you know that MOHAI is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum? There are over 200 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations in more than 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama, all working together to preserve our heritage, expand knowledge, and inspire learning. MOHAI is the Smithsonian Affiliate in your neighborhood.

As a benefit of this program we are able to offer MOHAI members, Two Memberships in One with the Smithsonian Affiliate membership. Affiliate membership benefits include: Smithsonian Magazine (one year subscription) or Air & Space Magazine (seven issues), a personalized Smithsonian membership card, 10% discount on all Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, free admission to the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York city, as well as a 10% discount on all IMAX tickets at the Smithsonian.

When you purchase a MOHAI membership at the Innovator or Heritage Circle levels you will be enrolled in the Smithsonian Affiliate membership.

When and what is the Heritage Circle Appreciation Party?

The Heritage Circle Appreciation Party is a way for MOHAI to say thank you! Every August, we get together for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music at the museum as a way to show our appreciation for your support and to update you on the impact you’ve created in our community. Plus, with stunning views of South Lake Union, what’s not to love? Invitations will arrive at least 6 weeks in advance. We hope to see you there!

How do I arrange to receive my additional benefits (behind-the-scenes tours etc.)?

Heritage Circle contributors at the Narrator level and above receive some benefits that will require special arrangements.

Simply give us a call at 206 324 1126 Ext. 193 and we will be happy to coordinate and find a date that is best for you to dive behind-the-scenes at MOHAI.

We ask that all tours and lunches are arranged at least four weeks in advance to ensure availability and the best possible experience.