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Effective July 1, 2023

We have recently reviewed and updated our membership fees and benefits to keep up with rising costs and to remain in line with the dues of other small museum associations. This increase in membership fees will help NCMC to continue to provide scholarships, professional development, awards, advocacy, and support for our state's museums and museum professionals. If you have any question regarding our new membership tiers or benefits, please contact

Read more about the New Membership Rates & Benefits.

Become a part of the organization that has promoted excellence in North Carolina’s museum community for more than 40 years: the North Carolina Museum Council. NCMC is a non-profit organization of museums and individuals interested in the advancement of North Carolina museums and the museum profession. In addition to museums, NCMC serves visual art centers, zoos, aquariums, historic houses, planetariums, educational forests, and science centers. Any individual or institution interested in the museum field, including students and professionals, is eligible to join NCMC regardless of professional position, field of study, or residence.

NCMC Member Benefits

Individual Benefits

  • Attend annual conference at member rate
  • Mountains (NC), Piedmont (NC), Northeastern (NC), Southeastern (NC) Regional Membership
  • Workshop discounts
  • Members-only discussion forum
  • Museum services resource list
  • Career development opportunities
  • Voting rights at business meetings
  • Access to special publications, including the NCMC digital newsletter
  • Advocacy

    Institutional Benefits

    All the benefits of individual membership plus:

    • Professional assistance and consultation
    • Free promotional and placement opportunity services through newsletters and website
    • Access to computerized membership mailing list
    • NCMC logotype for reproduction
    • Discount on Gaylord archival supplies and furniture
    • Inclusion in NCMC's digital institutional member map

    Academic Institutional Benefits

    All of the benefits of individual/institutional membership plus:

    • Free promotion in the newsletters and on the website
    • Students receive student registration rate for the conference, and advisors/professors receive member registration rate
    • Access to an exclusive academic institution networking event at NCMC annual meetings
    • Graduating students will be able to pay the student membership rate for the first year after their graduation
    • Access to mentor program
    • Resume review

    Corporate Benefits

    • Vendor spotlight in newsletter
    • 10% discount on vendor table at conference

    Regional Membership

    Membership in NCMC includes membership in one of four Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Northeastern, or Southeastern. Each Region meets during the annual conference to discuss specific concerns and issues. Region members nominate and elect a representative to serve on NCMC’s board of directors and assist in planning council meetings.

    Quarterly Newsletter

    The NCMC newsletter is created and posted quarterly on this web site. The newsletter includes news from museums across North Carolina, conference and workshop schedules, summaries of national and regional meetings, updates on state and national legislation, and notices of surplus museum supplies and sought-after objects. Individuals on our opt-in news e-mailing list are alerted as each newsletter is posted on this site.

    The North Carolina Museums Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    PO Box 2603, Raleigh, NC 27602-2603
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