Designed exclusively for the enjoyment of our loyal supporters, the Member Lounge is your place to relax, learn, and socialize with friends.
Our new and improved Member Lounge is located on the lower level, next to the Museum Café, also freshly renovated
Whether you're taking a break with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea, reading the latest museum catalogues, or connecting with a Membership Representative to learn about upcoming programs for members, the lounge has become a must for every member's visit. Freshly renovated with a sleek new island bar and a shared barista station, where members can order espresso drinks and smoothies, the space also includes a private outdoor summer patio in McKinlock Court, making the Member Lounge one of the most unique and inviting spaces in the museum.
Guests of members are always welcome in the lounge. Beverage service ends one hour before closing.
Holiday Hot Chocolate
November 1–January 8 Our famous hot chocolate is back for the holidays! Cozy up with a complimentary cup of chocolatey goodness in the beautifully renovated lounge on your holiday visits.
Libations in the Lounge—NEW!
The Member Lounge is now serving up cocktails as well as specialty espresso drinks, so now you can add a mimosa or a craft beer to your lounge relaxation.
Member Happy Hour
Thursdays, 5:00–7:30 Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow members and a cash bar with beer and wine in the new Member Lounge. No reservations necessary; stop by and enjoy this member hot spot.
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