Membership is the best way to help preserve the rich and colorful history of one of our nation's most famous cities — San Francisco.

Membership Levels and Dues

  • History Enthusiast - $45/year, $80/year Dual*
  • Senior (age 62+) - $30/year, $50/year Dual*
  • Community Access (Students, K-12 teachers, disabled) - $30/year

These memberships include enhanced membership benefits:

  • Sustaining - $120/year Individual or Dual*
  • Contributing - $275/year Individual or Dual*
  • Gold Circle - $1,000/year Individual, $1,500/year Dual*

* - Dual memberships are available only to members who reside at the same address.

Membership Benefits

All members of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society receive the following basic benefits:

  • Panorama - the Society's quarterly newsletter announcing programs and activities and featuring historical articles and book reviews
  • The Argonaut - our semiannual journal of original articles about San Francisco history
  • Free admission* to monthly programs, featuring presentations on remarkable aspects of San Francisco history.
  • Invitations and discounted tickets* to events such as the annual Awards Luncheon
  • Guided walking tours of San Francisco neighborhoods and districts and the Barbary Coast Trail
  • Invitations for periodic excursions to buildings and locations of historic significance

* Benefit covers one person, two for Dual memberships.

Sustaining ($120/year)

All basic benefits, plus:

  • Choice of a free book celebrating San Francisco (value $15 - $20) (see below)
  • Four guest passes for monthly programs or Barbary Coast Trail Walks (value up to $60)

Contributing ($275/year)

All basic benefits, plus:

  • Choice of a free book celebrating San Francisco (value $30 - $40) (see below)
  • Ten guest passes for monthly programs or Barbary Coast Trail Walks (value up to $150)
  • Credit of up to $50 in additional discounts which may be applied to admission to selected special excursions or special events

Gold Circle ($1,000/year, $1,500/year Dual)

This membership includes a substantial built-in tax-deductible donation ($700 single, $1,000 dual). These members enjoy several special perks, such as invitations to private parties.

All Contributing membership benefits (other than the $50 event credit), plus:

  • Complimentary admission and VIP seating at the annual Awards luncheon (two for dual)
  • Invitations to exclusive receptions and special events
  • Recognition in Panorama

All benefits are subject to change.


Thank You Gifts

Sustaining Level Gifts

Members who join or renew at the Sustaining level ($120) may choose from one of the following three books as a thank-you gift.

A Mighty Fortress:
The Stories Behind the 2nd San Francisco Mint

No longer available

Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail
Daniel Bacon's definitive guide to the trail through the historic heart of San Francisco (2nd Edition, 2002).

City Walks: San Francisco
A deck of fifty 3-3/4 by 5-1/2 inch cards, each with a different walking tour ranging from the Ferry Building to Fort Funston, by Christina Henry de Tessan.

Contributing and Gold Circle Level Gifts

Members who join or renew at the Contributing ($275) or Gold Circle ($1,000/$1,500) level may choose any one the books on this page as a thank-you gift.

North Beach: The Italian Heart of San Francisco.
Historian Richard Dillon's history of North Beach. Features previously unpublished photographs by J. B. Monaco, the "dean of North Beach Photographers."

The Old North Waterfront: The History and Rebirth of a San Francisco Neighborhood
No longer available

Nothing Seemed Impossible: William C. Ralston and Early San Francisco
David Lavender’s biography of William Ralston, founder of the Palace Hotel and the Bank of California, as intertwined with the story of San Francisco immediately after the Gold Rush. (Hardcover, 1975/1981, out of print).

When the Water Came Up to Montgomery Street: San Francisco During the Gold Rush
SFMHS Founder and President Emeritus Charles A. Fracchia's latest book telling the story of San Francisco from 1848 through 1859.

The San Francisco Century
San Francisco Chronicle reporter and columnist Carl Nolte's fascinating examination of the San Francisco story from the 1906 Earthquake to the first years of the Twenty-First Century.