Become a Friend of the Timken today!

Experience the Timken as a member. Exclusive privileges include invitations to member-only events, discounts, priority notice to special events and trips, and more! Members and donors provide financial support for enrichment programs that make the Timken an important—and free—resource.

Request a membership brochure or join by clicking here or read more about the programs your membership supports.


Connect with a community of art enthusiasts by joining the Friends of the Timken.

Friend $100

  • Annual membership for two individuals
  • 20% discount on museum merchandise
  • Unlimited free audio tour rental for two
  • Discounted tickets for the Art in the Evening lecture series
  • Discounted tickets and priority reservations for Study Day trips
  • Advanced notification of Art in the Morning lectures and Art in the Afternoon gallery talks
  • Private docent-guided tour for up to 15 guests
  • Reciprocal Membership privileges at the ROAM nationwide museum network. Click Here to see a full list. 

Conservator $250

All benefits at the Friend level, plus:

  • Two complimentary tickets to attend an Art in the Evening lecture
  • Reciprocal membership at over 682 art museums nationwide. View participants here.
  • Access to services provided by the Balboa Art Conservation Center

Curator $500

All benefits at the Conservator level, plus:

  • One complimentary Gallery Guide
  • Two additional complimentary tickets to attend an Art in the Evening lecture (four total tickets)
  • Invitation to members-only exhibition openings

Connoisseur $1,000

All benefits at the Curator level, plus:

  • Exclusive invitation for two to attend the annual Timken Holiday Party
  • One complimentary Collection Catalogue
  • Invitation to Timken international travel opportunities
  • 50% discount on new Gift Memberships
  • Special acknowledgment on donor sign in the museum foyer


Circle Partners is the Timken’s premier membership group.  Enjoy all the benefits as Friends of the Timken, plus:

Putnam Circle $2,500

  • Invitation to VIP exhibition opening receptions
  • Curatorial consultation on personal art acquisition or collection
  • Two complimentary tickets for the annual Art in the Evening lecture series
  • Special invitation to private Timken receptions throughout the year
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Timken and a special reception with the executive director for up to eight guests

Timken Circle $5,000

All benefits of the Putnam Circle, plus:

  • Privilege of hosting a private event at the Timken
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Timken Holiday Party (four total tickets)
  • Exclusive invitation to view exhibitions prior to opening
  • Concierge service and ticket assistance for special exhibitions nationwide

Director’s Circle $10,000

All benefits of the Timken Circle, plus:

  • Private lunch for four guests with the executive director
  • Two complimentary tickets to attend Study Day trips
  • Invitation to elite gatherings with prestigious artists and art-world figures

Founder’s Circle $25,000

All benefits of the Director’s Circle, plus:

  • Complimentary $1,000 Connoisseur membership to give as a gift
  • Two complimentary exhibition dinner tickets with VIP seating at the executive director’s table
  • Two additional invitations to the annual Timken Holiday Party (six total tickets)

For more information contact Alexandra Riley 
(619) 239-5548 x100