Membership provides crucial support for the Block Museum and allows for deeper engagement with our exhibitions, programs, collection and film series. Members enjoy benefits such as invitations to our private exhibition preview receptions, discounts at the Museum shop, and reduced-price admission to special events and Block Cinema screenings.

To become a member, please visit the Northwestern University Alumni Relations & Development website. Or, mail or fax a membership form pdf icon (pdf) to the Museum. You may also join at the Museum's gift shop. Please call 847.491.7540 if you have questions.

Annual Membership Levels and Benefits

Membership at all levels is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Individual $40 and Family/Dual $60

  • Subscription to the quarterly membership magazine “Around the Block”
  • Invitations to Museum exhibition opening receptions and other special events
  • 15% discount on the purchases at Block in Print, our Museum book shop
  • 30% discount to Block Cinema
  • Name listed in the Museum's Annual Report

Patron $100

All of the above and

  • Four free general admission tickets to Block Cinema
  • Membership benefits at cultural institutions in the North American Reciprocal Museums program, including the Smart Museum and Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

Sustainer $250

All of the above and

  • One free Block published exhibition catalogue per year 

Benefactor $500

All of the above and

  • One individual or family membership for a friend, relative, colleague, or employee

Block Leadership Circle $1,000

All of the above and

  • Invitations to special Block Circle events with artists, scholars, and collectors
  • Two individual or family memberships for a friend, relative, colleague, or employee 

Block Leadership Circle Committee

The Block Leadership Circle Committee is part of a larger group of donors who support the Museum at the $1,000 level and above. The committee plans special events for Block Museum members and Block Leadership Circle donors -- such as the Educating the Eye series -- and raises funds to expand the Museum’s permanent collection and support its programming. 

If you would like to learn more about joining the Block Leadership Circle Committee, please contact Helen Hilken at or 847.491.4178.