Become a member of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie

Questions regarding membership
If you have any questions about membership in the Verein (association), or about the Freunde der Nationalgalerie, please feel free to contact us at any time:

Clara Borchmann
Member care
Tel.: +49 (0)30 26 39 48 815
Send an e-mail

We welcome you as a new member, whether corporate or individual.

Your membership supports the Nationalgalerie in their acquisition of artwork and with exhibition projects, and allows you to enjoy many exclusive membership benefits. Experience exhibition openings, previews, artist talks and special tours. Visit all six Nationalgalerie locations as often as you wish. Members enjoy free admission to all Nationalgalerie exhibitions, and with no waiting times.

As a member of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie, you will take your place among the most important art patrons in the German-speaking world.

Benefits overview

Free admission

The membership card entitles you and one guest to free admission to the permanent collections and to the special exhibitions of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin:

Alte Nationalgalerie, Altes Museum, Bode-Museum, Ethnologisches Museum*, Friedrichswerdersche Kirche*, Gemäldegalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Kunstbibliothek, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Kupferstichkabinett, Museum Berggruen, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Museum für Asiatische Kunst*, Museum für Fotografie, Neues Museum, Neue Nationalgalerie*, Pergamonmuseum, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Schloss Köpenick, and special exhibitions at the Kulturforum.

*currently closed for renovation

No waiting times

You will not be subject to waiting times for special exhibitions made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

Invitations to all openings

You and one guest will be invited to all Nationalgalerie events and exhibition openings, and to the exclusive previews for the Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

Unique trips, viewings and artist talks

The Freunde der Nationalgalerie additionally organises fascinating art trips, special viewings of important art exhibitions in Berlin, and exclusive talks with prominent artists and collectors.

Junior members

The young friends of the Nationalgalerie (to age 35) meet in the Stoberkreis. They gather once or twice a month to visit museums, artists, galleries, workshops and other art spaces.

Nomination rights for the Preis der Nationalgalerie

You will have the right to nominate a candidate for the Preis der Nationalgalerie, which is funded by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

Donation receipt for your membership contribution

Your membership is considered a donation and therefore qualifies as a fully deductible special expense for income tax purposes.

Become a member

Are you determined to become a member? Here is everything you need to know about the process of becoming a member of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie, including the downloadable application form.

1. Read the Verein's charter

Please note that as a member of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie you are a patron of the arts furthering the purpose of our association, which is to provide ongoing support to the Nationalgalerie. In light of this, we must mention that for tax reasons we are required to charge for some events.

Charter (PDF, in German)

3. Fill out the privacy declaration

Please fill out the privacy declaration, and sign and return this to us with your application:

Privacy decleration (PDF, in German)

4. Select a sponsor

Sponsors may only come from among the membership of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie. You will find members listed in the Verein’s membership directory. We would be happy to send this to you by post. If you find no sponsor, please send us a short-form resume. On the basis of such a resume, the board will be happy to sponsor you.

5. Admission by the board

Once we have received your application, it will be submitted to the board for approval.

6. Confirmation, invoicing and membership card

You will then receive confirmation of your admission, your membership card, and an invoice for the membership contribution. Please pay this invoice to complete the process.

7. Donation receipt

As soon as your contribution is received in our account, we will send your donation receipt by post.

8. Welcome!

You will now be a member of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie. We are delighted to have your support.