Memberships

SPECIAL OFFER: For a limited time, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is offering a special incentive for members: a free gift membership for someone who is a HERO in your life. With your receipt email, we will ask for your HERO’s contact info, and why they are your HERO, so we can send them details about how they can access online benefits, including a discount at our Museum Shop, because of their membership.

Additionally, when Kemper Museum reopens, we plan to welcome members back first for a special “members-only preview week” before reopening to the general public. You and your HERO will be among the first to see the nationally-celebrated exhibition, Elias Sime: Tightrope, and celebrate all that you have come to love about Kemper Museum.

Already a member? Click here to send a gift membership to your HERO!


Kemper Museum Members help keep the Museum free for all visitors. At Kemper Museum there is no charge for admission, parking, special exhibitions, or programs. Your membership underwrites these expenses and inspires many thousands with contemporary art each year. 

Questions? Contact Gayle Hathorne, development coordinator, at 816-457-6102 or ghathorne@kemperart.org.


Click here to learn more about special member-only activities and events.

Kemper Membership Levels and Benefits

All Members Enjoy

  • Invitations for special exhibition openings
  • E-newsletters
  • Savings in the Museum Shop and Café Sebastienne
  • Exclusive members-only activities and programs

Solo - $55.00

  • Membership card and benefits for one person
  • 10% off at Museum Shop & Café Sebastienne

Duo - $75.00

  • Membership for two people living at the same address (two cards)
  • 10% off at Museum Shop & Café Sebastienne

Family - $150.00

  • Membership for all members living at the same address (two cards)
  • 10% off at Museum Shop & Café Sebastienne
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 800+ museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program
  • Early registration privileges for youth programs

Associate - $300.00

FAMILY level benefits, plus:

  • Membership privileges in elite art museums nationwide through the Modern & Contemporary Reciprocal Membership (ModCo) program

Connoisseur - $500.00

ASSOCIATE level benefits, plus:

  • Daytime use of Meeting Room Gallery or Kemper East for a private event one time per membership year with planning support provided by the Museum’s special events manager
  • Membership in Collectors Forum: Participants have the opportunity to attend three Private Collection Salons each year (an amazing opportunity to experience more contemporary art), travel opportunities with Museum leadership, and other opportunities to interact with like-minded individuals

National Committee Patron - $1,000.00

($950 deductible)

CONNOISSEUR level benefits, plus:

  • Invitations for two to the annual National Committee Celebration which includes a special private dinner and the opportunity to help shape the future of Kemper Museum
  • 15% off at Museum Shop & Café Sebastienne
  • NARM and ModCo reciprocal membership privileges
  • ​Use of one space for a private event with planning support provided by the Museum’s special events manager

National Committee Special Contributor - $3,000.00

($2,900 deductible)

PATRON level benefits, plus:

  • Use of the entire Museum for a private event with planning support provided by the Museum’s special event coordinator

National Committee Sustainer - $5,000.00

($4,890 deductible)

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR level benefits, plus:

  • Recognition as a Sustaining Sponsor for an upcoming exhibition of your choice, you will be prominently recognized on the entrance wall of the exhibition and related materials; staff will meet with you to help determine which exhibition best meets your interests
  • 20% off at Museum Shop & Café Sebastienne

Call 816-753-5784 for details.

National Committee Premiere Benefactor - $10,000.00

($9,770 deductible)

  • Recognition as a Premiere Exhibition Sponsor for the upcoming exhibition of your choice, you will be prominently recognized on the entrance wall of the exhibition throughout the run, typically through three to five months — Sponsors will be listed in alphabetical order within their sponsorship category; staff will meet with you to share exhibition details, and help determine which exhibition best meets your interests
  • Prominent placement on printed and electronic exhibition announcements, and on the Kemper Museum website (kemperart.org)
  • A private walk through the exhibition with the curator for you and a select group of your friends
  • Invitation for four to an exhibition related dinner
  • Use of the entire Museum for a private event one time per membership year for more than 80 guests with planning support provided by the Museum’s special event manager
  • Two membership cards allowing 20% off at Museum Shop & Café Sebastienne
  • Prominent placement on the donor recognition wall at the entrance to Café Sebastienne, Kemper Museum’s premiere on-site restaurant, during the full year beginning in March following the year of your gift before December 31
  • Invitations for two to the annual National Committee Celebration which includes a special private dinner and the opportunity to help shape the future of Kemper Museum
  • Membership in the Collectors Forum, which includes invitations to three Private Collection Salons each year, travel opportunities with Museum leadership, and other opportunities to interact with like-minded individuals
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at 800+ museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program and Modern and Contemporary Reciprocal Membership (ModCo) program
  • Other benefits as determined to meet your recognition and marketing interests

Call 816-753-5784 for details.