Individual and Family Membership

The BMI is now issuing digital membership cards. You will receive an email with a link to your card(s) on the day of purchase.

Members like YOU make our mission work.

Your membership support honors Baltimore’s rich industrial legacy and fuels ongoing innovation. With your help we inspire tomorrow’s workers through the untold stories of yesterday’s everyday heroes—the working men and women who engineered previously unthinkable progress.

Check out the upcoming programs and tours that are free, discounted, or exclusive to members:

Calendar of Member Events

Past Member Programs

Hear from speakers featured in the documentary, November 2021

Watch a recording of the program

Chesapeake historian and author Kate Livie talks about Chesapeake dams, October 2021

Watch a recording of the program

Volunteer curator Debbie Farthing talks about The 20th-Century Woman at Work, March 2021

Watch a recording of the program

A Members-only preview of Senior Museum Educator Jack Burkert’s local history series, January 2021

Learn more about A City In Motion

A virtual tour focusing on the role of Black workers in Baltimore’s history, August 2020

Watch a recording of the program

J. M. Giordano talks about his photodocumentary journey, July 2020

Watch a recording of the program

Membership Benefits

All members receive:

• Unlimited free admission for one year
• Members-only behind-the-scenes tours and programs
• Free and discounted admission to events and programs
• 10% discount in the Gift Shop
• Free access (with appointment) to BMI archives
• Discounts at local restaurants

Personal satisfaction in supporting our rich industrial legacy and inspiring future innovation!

General Membership

Household or Grandparent • $65
benefits for 2 adults and up to 4 children/grandchildren under 18

Dual • $55
benefits for 2 persons

Individual • $35
benefits for 1 person
$10 discount for Seniors (62 and up) on any General Membership

Builders Circle

Amplify your support and receive additional benefits including reciprocal membership, guest passes and behind-the-scenes access while also providing funding for educational, public and conservation programs.

Contributor • $100
benefits of Household plus
• Advanced registration opportunity for select behind-the-scenes tours
• 2 one-time use guest passes
• ROAM Reciprocal membership benefits to 250 cultural
organizations throughout the country
• Free admission to Greater Baltimore History Alliance among participating organizations
Supporter • $150
benefits of Contributor plus
• 2 additional guests each time you visit
• 2 additional one-time use guest passes (total 4)
• Behind the scenes tours guided by Museum curator
• NARM Reciprocal membership over 1,000 cultural and historic sites in North America
Benefactor • $250
benefits of Supporter plus
• 2 additional one-time guest passes (total 6)
• Reserved seating at BMI workshops and lectures
Patron • $500
benefits of Benefactor plus
• 2 additional one-time guest passes (total 8)
• Recognition in Annual Report

About our reciprocal programs

The BMI is a member of three reciprocal museum organizations. All BMI Builders’ Circle members receive GBHA and ROAM membership. BMI members at the Supporter level and higher also receive NARM membership.

BMI members of GBHA and ROAM will receive free general admission for themselves and one guest when visiting participating institutions

NARM cardholders receive free general admission when visiting participating institutions. Guests are not included.

Find out before you visit! Each museum may offer additional benefits, so make the most of your membership and contact them before you go. Click on the icons below to find out more.


Greater Baltimore History Alliance



Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums


North American Reciprocal Museum Association

Local Partners

Behind-the-scenes tours of local industries are one of our most popular benefits of membership. Notifications go out 3 – 4 weeks in advance via e-mail. Group sizes are limited and tours fill up quickly—so register early!

Planned for 2023: BMW Vehicle Distribution Center, Bakery Express / Ms. Desserts, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), Texas Quarry, Masonville Dredge Material Containment Facility—and more to come.

During September and October, BMI members are welcome at the Maryland Zoo for free!

Reciprocal Guidelines:

  • Free Zoo admission is valid for up to 2 Adults and 2 Children OR 1 Adult and 3 Children
  • Any additional people in your party will pay regular admission prices
  • A valid membership card & matching ID are required


Present your BMI membership card to receive a 15% discount at these local restaurants:

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