About NARM

Our History

How the NARM Association Got its Start

The North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association® began in the 1980s in Florida when a small group of museums decided they would like to offer their members extra benefits. The NARM member list and guidelines were sent to each member organization by a volunteer coordinator who was typically the membership staff person of one of the member museums.

In 2006, the volunteer coordinator from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico retired and NARM changed hands again. It moved to Greenville, South Carolina and numerous enhancements were undertaken; the official name of the NARM organization was established in 2007, a logo was created in 2010, and NARM appeared online for the first time in 2011.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
American Folk Art Museum
Katonah Museum of Art
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum
GumTree Museum of Art

Expanding Our Network

Connecting People and Museums Across North America

By 2012 the NARM Association had grown to over 500 institutions and member organizations were requesting a more professional NARM presence. The organization, no longer manageable by a volunteer coordinator, was incorporated in 2013 and began designing a professional website, brochures, and decals.

Today, there are more than 1,000 member institutions in five different countries for people with NARM level benefits to explore. The NARM Association boasts an array of top-notch institutional members from arts and history museums to botanical gardens, children’s museums, science centers, and more.

Find an Institution

Search our NARM Association member map to join up and receive your NARM level benefits, or to visit and find your next adventure.