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Members of the New Castle Historical Society support us many ways!

While annual membership dues provide financial support, our members

are also among our most active program attendees, volunteers and advocates.



New Castle Historical Society members support the organization through annual membership dues which are used for the daily operation of the organization, our museums and gardens, and our educational programming. In return, our members enjoy free access to our museums and discounts on many of our programs including lectures, workshops, and special events. Additionally, we create special members-only functions like exhibit preview nights or one-time lectures or programs. 

Some members eventually get more involved by volunteering, but it's not a requirement of membership. 

We offer four levels of membership (Individual, Household, Patron & 1651 Benefactor) with different benefits for each:

All members receive:

  • Unlimited free admission for members to the Amstel House & Dutch House

  • 10% discount on purchases in our museum store at The Arsenal

  • Invitations to the annual garden party, exhibit openings and other Society programs

  • Free or reduced admission to certain Society events, including lectures and special exhibits

  • Automatic enrollment in the nationwide Time Travelers program with more than 300 institutions in 40 states


Additional benefits are available for some levels of membership

  • Free admission for additional guests per membership per year to the Amstel and Dutch Houses at key membership levels:

- Patron Members are allowed four additional guests

- 1651 Benefactor Members are allowed eight additional guests

  • $100 discount on event rentals at The Arsenal (at the Household level and above)

  • Patrons and 1651 Benefactors receive automatic Enrollment in the North American Reciprocal Museum Association with over 900 member institutions


As a 1651 Benefactor member, in addition to the above benefits, you'll also enjoy...

  • Two complimentary tickets to our Annual Garden Party

  • Free admission for up to 8 guests per membership per year to the Amstel and Dutch Houses (eight guests per year total)

  • Invitations to special private programs designed and offered exclusively for 1651 Benefactors

  • Many other benefits exclusive to 1651 Benefactors

Click the button below to join online today!

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