Membership FAQs

Why should I become a member?

By joining the CMA, you are joining nearly 2,000 other individuals and organizations who, like you, are passionate about the heritage sector and who are working or interested in museums in Canada.

We’re proud to offer our members many exclusive advantages such as free or discounted admission to participating institutions through our Complimentary Admissions Program, competitively priced insurance programs, valuable resources such as reports and guidelines, professional development opportunities, reduced fees for CMA conferences and symposiums, discounts on all CMA publications and more!

How do I join?

Becoming a member is easy! Check out our Membership categories to determine which category you should apply for and then complete the online application for Individuals or for Organizations as needed.

What period is covered by my membership fee?

One year. CMA will contact you by email and post to remind you when your membership is due for renewal.

When should I expect my membership card?

Depending on how you join, it can take anywhere from two days to three weeks to receive your new member welcome package. Membership applications sent in the mail take longer to account for the time it takes to arrive at our office and to your home.

How do I renew my membership?

You can renew your membership online. Simply log in to your account and pay with your credit card. You can also send us a cheque for the amount of your membership fee or you can contact us at or 613-567-0099, x222 for an invoice.

Where can I find the list of museums participating in the Complimentary Admissions Program?

You can search our directory of participating museums here.

Can I purchase a CMA membership as a gift?

Absolutely! Whether you’re purchasing this fantastic gift for a friend, family member or colleague, contact us at 613-567-0099, x233 and we can help determine which membership category you need!