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Inspire and educate the community by supporting the RISD Museum

Every gift to the RISD Museum provides resources to inspire visitors with direct exposure to the work of artists and designers in spaces that encourage looking, critical thinking and understanding. Education and outreach, collection care, new scholarship, technology and innovation are all vital components of the museum’s mission to create an accessible and inclusive environment that builds meaningful relationships across all communities.

Greater than the sum of its individual parts, the RISD Museum encourages individual donors and members to join together to help fulfill its historic public mission.

RISD Museum Annual Fund

Your Annual Fund gift goes where the museum needs it most: vital education programs. Investments in the next generation of artists, designers and museum-goers include K–12 visits that begin with in-school preparation, family fun at the museum, and teen and college mentoring and training programs. Give to the RISD Museum Annual Fund today.

RISD Museum Membership

Membership gives you enhanced access to the museum and its creative community. With unlimited free admission, you can feel at home in the galleries, drop in to check out new exhibitions, or share the comprehensive collection with visiting friends and family. Become a museum member today.

Exhibition and Program Sponsorship

The RISD Museum is fortunate to partner with companies that enable us to offer special exhibitions that attract public and critical acclaim, provide educational programming and tours for schoolchildren and adults of all ages, and care for our collection. Supporters receive a range of benefits, including increased community visibility and business networking opportunities, free or reduced admission for employees, private tours, and the option of renting gallery spaces for corporate entertaining. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities today.

Plan Your Impact

Including the RISD Museum in your will at any amount is a simple and powerful way to have a lasting impact on the museum’s future. The Metcalf Society recognizes those individuals who have included RISD—the museum or the college—in their estate plans. Find more information about planned giving to the museum here.

Get in touch

Please contact the RISD Museum Development Office at 401 454-6316 for more information about how you can support the museum.

Other opportunities to give

​Give to the RISD Fund

Provide the critical support RISD needs to continue offering students a world-class education.

​Support our students

Increase scholarships and fellowships and advance social equity so students with limited financial means can benefit from all that a RISD education has to offer.

Invest in faculty excellence

Support the extraordinary teachers and makers who are shaping RISD’s next generation of artists and designers.