Become a Friend of the Haffenreffer Museum

As a Friend of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology you support the museum's activities at every level.

Your membership helps to sponsor public programs, purchase special gifts for the museum, and provide matching funds for challenge grants made by state and federal granting agencies. In becoming a Friend of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, you help us to fulfill the Haffenreffer's mission.

Membership Benefits

  • General Members receive subscriptions to Contexts, our newsletter; advance announcements of exhibition openings, films, lectures, tours, and other events; and free use of the Museum's library by appointment. Members also receive FREE or reduced admission rates to more than 300 ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) partner museums and science centers in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
  • Donors' Circle Members receive all the benefits of general membership plus additional benefits including free Haffenreffer Museum publications and invitations to VIP events.
  • Membership contributions are tax deductible.

Membership Categories


  • Brown/RISD Student's Free Membership 
    General membership benefits for Brown and RISD students, email to sign up!
  • Brown Faculty Free Membership 
    Faculty at Brown University also receive Free individual membership, email to sign up! 
  • Student ($15)
    General membership benefits for students with valid ID from any university or college other than Brown or RISD.
  • Individual ($25)
    General membership benefits for the member.
  • Dual/Couple ($30)
    General membership benefits for two named members.
  • Family ($35)
    General membership benefits for two adults and all of their children or grandchildren under the age of 18.


  • Contributing ($50-99)
    Individual membership benefits.
  • Saville Society ($100-$249)
    Family membership benefits, one free Haffenreffer Museum publication, and invitations to special VIP events.*
  • Giddings Society ($250-$499)
    Family membership benefits, one free Haffenreffer Museum publication, and invitations to special VIP events.*
  • Mount Hope Society ($500-$999)
    Family membership benefits, one free Haffenreffer Museum publication, and invitations to special VIP events.*
  • Haffenreffer Society ($1000+)
    Family membership benefits, two free Haffenreffer Museum publications, and invitations to special VIP events.*

* Members of the Donors' Circle, above the Contributing level, are eligible to receive free publications each time you renew. You will receive a list of available publications upon receipt of your paid application for membership or renewal. You may elect, at your choice, to receive the publications or to have them sent, as gifts, to the person or institution of your choice.

 The Haffenreffer Museum is a member of the Association of Science - Technology Centers. Your HMA membership entitles you to admission to hundreds of other ASTC museums.

How to Become a Member

(or to renew your current membership)

Free Brown/RISD Student Memberships

For a free student membership, please email your request to from your Brown or RISD email address.

All other Memberships

Pay with Credit Card

Visit our secure online pay center. Your email receipt serves as your temporary membership card.

Pay with a Check

Print and fill out the membership form
Mail membership form with your payment to:

Membership Department 
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Brown University
300 Tower Street
Bristol, RI 02809

DO NOT hand-deliver your membership deposit to any Haffenreffer Museum staff.  Please make your donation only by online credit payment or check by mail. 

Membership E-cards are now standard for all memberships purchased online. E-cards are issued as PDF files by email, and may be presented on your smartphone when visiting ASCT Museums, printed out at your convenience. If you would like to opt out of the e-card and recieve your membership by mail instead, you will be able to indicate before submitting your online order.

Please allow two to three weeks for processing mailed memberships.

Call 401-863-5700 or email if you have membership questions.  Please do not send your credit card information by email as this is not a secure practice.

Return Policy:  We do not offer refunds on any membership products.