Membership Benefits - Become a Member Today!

Membership in VSA includes a range of resources and professional development opportunities that provide you with access to current research in the field, professional learning opportunities for any stage of your career, and a network of some of the field's most forward thinking professionals.

All membership types provide you with the following benefits:

  • Community Connections - Connect with other visitor studies professionals through focused interest groups (FIGs), VSA member directory, volunteer planning committees, and other networking opportunities.
  • Reduced Rate on professional development activities - Members receive complimentary access to web chats and reduced fees on virtual webinars and workshops.
  • Annual conference discounts - Significantly reduced rates on virtual and in-person conference registrations.
  • Visitor Studies Subscription and Archives Access - Visitor Studies is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality articles focused on visitor research, visitor studies, evaluation studies, and research methodologies.
  • MER Journal Subscription - Through a partnership with the Museum Education Roundtable (MER), receive free access to the Journal of Museum Education.
  • Monthly President Message - Monthly newsletter-style president message containing information on upcoming VSA programs and services, cutting-edge visitor research, and profiles of field innovators.
  • Journal Discounts – 20-50% discounts for individual print subscriptions to numerous Taylor & Francis journals, such as Museum Management and Curatorship and Leisure Sciences.
  • Voting Rights

Members are encouraged to get involved in VSA by serving on committees, task forces, FIG leadership, or the board of directors.  Learn more about committees and related groups, FIGs, and the board and help shape visitor studies!


Membership Types

Membership Type Cost Information/Eligibility
Individual $130 Standard membership option
(3-5 Members)
$115 per member Institutional memberships must be registered and invoiced as one group.  
(6-9 Members)
$108 per member
(10+ Members)
$100 per member
Student $65 Student membership requires evidence of current and active enrollment in a degree-granting program. Please email VSA with this information. Student Cohort memberships must be registered and invoiced as one group through the group membership option.
Student Cohort
(3-5 Members)
$60 per member
Student Cohort
(6+ Members)
$55 per member
Transitional $65 Transitional memberships are designed for those in a period of career transition or temporarily out of the field and could benefit from a single-year discounted membership. After a year with a Transitional membership, the renewal invoice will reflect an Individual membership type.
Continuing $65 Continuing membership is intended for those retired or semi-retired and who are still engaged with the VSA community. Involvement in the visitor studies community for over twenty-five years and/or being over the age of sixty-five is required for eligibility. Please email VSA for more information.


Become a member today!