When COVID hit the United States with force back in March, we had no idea how long our cultural institutions, museums and and local attractions would be closed. The extended closures have left many members wondering if they would receive an extension of the membership benefits or a refund for un-used time.
It’s important to remember that like many of us, our museums and other spaces are being hit hard with a loss of revenue and support. While many museums are offering credit for time they are closed, members who are in a position to do so, may want to consider making a donation to support the work of the museum, changing membership levels to a higher level or forgoing the credited days.
Conner Prairie Membership Extension
Conner Prairie was the first museum that we saw offering an extension of memberships based on the number of days they are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. This extension will be in the form of a grace period, and you’ll be able to visit Conner Prairie beyond your expiration date as if your membership is still active. Your expiration date will not change and they will not be issuing new cards, but you will still be able to visit for the number of days that were lost during the COVID closure.
How to get the extension: You do not need to do anything, it will automatically happen. However, if you are in a position to “donate” these extension days back to Conner Prairie, please consider doing so and renewing your membership at the expiration date of your current membership.
In the meantime, Conner Prairie is offering a robust collection of videos as a part of their Conner Prairie at Home series. You can find videos relating to Animals & Agriculture, Indiana History, Make & Create projects, Cooking & Baking ideas and some just for fun.
Indianapolis Zoo Membership Extension
Member of the Indianapolis Zoo won’t lose any time on their membership despite the zoo being closed. All memberships, including those purchased or renewed since March 17, 2020, will be automatically extended for the number of days the Zoo is closed.
How to get the extension: The date adjustment will be processed when the zoo reopens – you don’t need to do anything.
During the closure of the Indianapolis Zoo, you can watch the Macaws livestream online.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Membership Extension
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is offering two options for members: The first option is to donate the missing months of your membership back to the Museum. More than 55% of the true cost of museum admission is covered by current and past philanthropic gifts, and the museum is doing all that it can to ensure that the necessary funds to continue to operate and maintain a world-class facility, exhibits and programs are available.
The second option is for those with an active membership as of 3/13/2020. Members can request an adjustment to their expiration date, which will restore the remaining balance impacted by the museum’s closure.
How to get the extension: No action is needed from you at this time. Once a reopening date is announced, The Children’s Museum will follow up to get your membership preference and update your membership accordingly.
While we all wait for The Children’s Museum to re-open, there’s a special video posted daily as a part of the Museum at Home series they’re producing.
Eiteljorg Museum Membership Extension
At the time of publishing this article, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has not approved a specific plan regarding membership. They are meeting and will announce a plan soon.
For now, we are all invited to enjoy virtual programming as a part of the Eiteljorg at Home series.
Indiana State Museum Membership Extension
At the time of publishing this article, there was no response from the Indiana State Museum regarding membership extensions.
Newfields Art Museum Membership Extension
At the time of publishing this article, there was no response from Newfields regarding membership extensions.
Newfields Art Museum is offering programing through their Newfields at home series.