Membership

Membership

What if you could help us produce daring and innovative programming; restore and preserve historic monuments and architecture; offer students an opportunity to learn about history, science and nature; and provide a Philadelphia community a place of recreation and respite? You can do all that and more as a Member of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Keeping the cemetery open daily with free admission, a small staff and limited resources, the Friends work hard to ensure that this irreplaceable National Historic Landmark remains accessible to the public. Your support makes our work both possible and worthwhile. There is no better way to show that support than through the Gift of Membership.

NEW - The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery is proud to now offer members at the Supporter Level and higher North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM) benefits. In addition to the great benefits you already receive, you now have access to more than 1,000 partner organizations throughout North America, including many right here in Philadelphia.

NARM is one of the largest reciprocal museum programs in the world, with members in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, El Salvador, and Mexico. It is made up of 1,013 arts, cultural, and historical institutions along with botanical gardens, children’s museums, science & technology centers and more that offer their individual reciprocal benefits - with Laurel Hill Cemetery being the FIRST, and currently ONLY cemetery on the list!

NARM benefits include*:

  • Access to visit as often as you like without worrying about admission fees
  • Members discounts at other NARM member institutions’ shops
  • Member discounts on ticketed events
  • Knowledge that you are supporting local arts/cultural institutions

*Note that some institutions restrict benefits. It is recommended that you contact the institution prior to visiting in order to understand the benefits given by that institution and avoid any confusion.

For more information and a list of participating organizations, please visit www.narmassociation.org.


MEMBERSHIP LEVELS + BENEFITS

Antemortem Society $25 (ages 21-40) and Individual $50

  • Invitations to exclusive "Members-Only" programs and events
  • $3.00 off all Public Tours
  • 10% discount on all Gift Shop merchandise
  • Name recognition on website and applicable print materials

Family $75

  • All of the above benefits
  • Free Admission for a family of four to our Fall Family Day event

Supporter $100

  • All of the above benefits
  • Two free Public Tour passes [cost not to exceed $20/person]
  • North American Reciprocal Program (N.A.R.M.) reciprocal benefits, giving you access to over 1,000 partner organizations

Patron $250

  • All of the above benefits
  • Two additional free Public Tour passes [total of four passes]
  • One complimentary t-shirt from the Laurel Hill Cemetery Gift Shop

Guardian $500

  • All of the above benefits
  • Two additional free Public Tour passes [total of six passes]
  • One complimentary book from the Laurel Hill Cemetery Gift Shop

Preservation Partner $1,000

  • All of the above benefits
  • Two general admission tickets to the Gravediggers' Ball

Development Steward $2,500

  • All of the above benefits
  • Four additional free Public Tour passes [total of ten passes]
  • Private tour for you and a group of your friends

* Members are responsible for redeeming the benefits provided to them.


HOW TO JOIN or RENEW

If you are already a Member of the Friends, please consider increasing your contribution this year so that we can meet the many challenges that lie ahead. If you have not supported us in the past, then now is the perfect time to become involved. Our secure website makes it safe and convenient to Join or Renew Online, or you may return our Form by mail. All Members receive an official letter and Membership Card verifying their charitable contribution.

The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery extend our sincerest gratitude to all new and returning Members! Thank you for helping to make our work and progress a reality.


Public Tour Pass Redemption

Public Tour passes live virtually in your membership account. Please contact the office prior to the event you would like to redeem them for.

Gift Shop Item Redemption

Similarly to the Public Tour passes, the t-shirt and book are noted in your membership account and will need to be redeemed in person at the Gift Shop.

Private Tour Scheduling Instructions

Please visit our Tour Page and follow the instructions available.


MEMBERS-ONLY PROGRAMMING

Members-Only tours are exclusive to active members of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery. As a benefit of your membership donation, supporters are invited to get a view of Laurel Hill Cemetery that no ordinary visitor will experience with special programs, lectures and tours.

Early registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited, and tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.


UPCOMING

Friday, April 27
Members Only Day Trip: The Woodlawn Cemetery & Trinity Church Cemetery, New York ($125 per person)

Registration materials including a detailed itinerary will be mailed directly to all active members. Please call 215-228-8200 x100 with questions or if you would like to become a member.

Wednesday, May 23 at 6pm
Digging in the Cemetery: An Exploration of Laurel Hill's Archives (FREE)

Friday, June 15
Members Only Day Trip: Old City Cemeteries ($60 per person)

Registration materials including a detailed itinerary will be mailed directly to all active members. Please call 215-228-8200 x100 with questions or if you would like to become a member.

Thursday, August 9 at 6pm
Art and Architecture of Laurel Hill (FREE)

Friday, September 14 at 10am
Mausoleums of West Laurel Hill Cemetery (FREE)

Saturday, November 17 at 10am - CANCELLED
Behind the Scenes with the Cemetery Superintendent (FREE)