At the Rhode Island Historical Society, we believe that through our state’s compelling history an endless trail of fascinating stories, entertaining adventures, and instructive experiences can be followed.

Becoming a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society offers you much more than free admission to our museums – it also gives you access to our Concerts Under the Elms series, a host of special events, and access to reciprocal museum networks. There are a range of membership levels to meet your needs, and gift memberships are available at every level.

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Join or renew online!

Or use our 2017 membership mail-in form.

Give the Gift of Membership!

Share the Rhode Island Historical Society with your friends or family through the gift of membership.  To purchase a gift, call (401) 331-8575 x133, or use our 2017 gift membership form.

Would you like to pay your membership monthly?

Instead of making one lump-sum payment to the RIHS, you can pay in monthly installments.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about renewing your membership once a year. Please note that at this time our website is unable to process recurring payments.  To make arrangements or make changes, please contact Membership Officer Mary Lou Upham at (401) 331-8575 x133 or

General Membership Levels and Benefits

Unlimited admission to the Society’s museums, library*, and summer concert series.

Free or discounted admission to RIHS programs and events. Subscription to RI History journal and News and Notes. Discounts on gift shop purchases, SummerWalks tours, and research fees.

Plus, access to Time Travelers (discounts to 250 historic sites and museums across the country) as well as the New England Attractions Alliance, featuring a rotating monthly schedule of free museum admission at participating institutions in the region. Members at the Gaspee Group level and up also get access to the North American Reciprocal Museum Association and the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums.


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*The RIHS Library is free to all Rhode Island residents, but nonresident patrons pay $8, or $5 for students and seniors.