The Museum of Ventura County (MVC) is thrilled to announce the relaunch of its Membership Program. MVC’s updated Membership Program features accessible payment options, two new membership levels, and an expanded selection of member events and benefits. As admission fees are reinstated at MVC’s Downtown Ventura campus in 2024, the relaunched Membership Program affords visitors a completely tax-deductible alternative and maintains the Museum’s dedication to accessibility.
The first significant update to MVC’s Membership Program is the introduction of a monthly payment option for most levels, starting at just $6.25 per month. All membership dues—regardless of payment schedule or amount— are 100% tax deductible, amplifying the impact of members’ generosity while saving money on their year-end taxes. Expanding on its current membership tiers, the Museum of Ventura County is introducing two additional levels:
Neighbor ($25 annually): Geared towards families, this membership level grants a year of free admission for two adults and unlimited children at all three MVC campuses and spacious gardens. Building on the Museum’s mission of inclusivity, this membership level ensures that returning visitors can enjoy MVC at the lowest price possible.
Lifetime Member ($10,000, or $833.33 per month for a year): For those seeking an enduring connection to MVC, this level offers a lifetime of all member benefits. Lifetime Members also receive a commemorative tile in the MVC plaza, annual recognition in the Year-In-Reviews, and the opportunity to shape the future of the Institution with their impactful giving.
New Member Newsletter: Members (Student/Senior level and up) now have access to exclusive content in this members-only newsletter. This is a conduit to members’ benefits, including invitations to member events, advanced notice of upcoming programs, accessing member merchandise, and more.
Annual Member Events: Recipients of MVC’s member newsletter will be invited to special events including the Museum’s Annual Holiday Reception, which offers a boutique shopping and networking experience with champagne and holiday music, and a spring emerging artists fête on May 18, 2024, showcasing upand-coming artists and celebrating the new Bonita McFarland Scholarship award winners.
Exclusive Member Merchandise: MVC members will have access to unique Museum merchandise available only to them. These items range from exclusive 1/1 art prints by emerging local artists to limited edition holiday ornaments and more.
Free Admission to 1,300+ Museums: At the Adventurer level (previously Associate) and above, MVC members are granted free admission to over 1,300 participating NARM museums—beginning at a price of just $12.50 a month. The North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association is an extensive network of cultural institutions across the continent, of which MVC is a part.
The Museum of Ventura County is a member-supported institution, and community is the driving force that pushes us all to explore, share, and flourish. Whether members are an Adventurer, Trailblazer, Trendsetter, or Champion, their membership fuels MVC’s educational initiatives, outreach efforts, dynamic art and history exhibitions, and the preservation of our County’s rich culture. Beyond the wealth of exclusive benefits, MVC members are empowered to influence the future of Ventura County—one compelling story at a time.
For more information and to become a member, please visit https://venturamuseum.org/membership/
the main museum is located at 100 East Main Street, Ventura, (805-653-0323). The Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, (805-525-3100). Both museums are open Thursdays through Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – venturamuseum.org.