Director Circles

These levels of membership are named for ASM's first-century directors, giants in the field with huge and impactful legacies. Their commitment to excellence inspires us still. 

At these levels, your annual membership support will go directly to the Director’s Fund for Excellence, strengthening our current director's ability to support projects that are central to the museum’s mission but not funded by the state, by grants, or by restricted donations. 


Man with cup

This level is named in honor of Raymond H. Thompson, ASM's third and longest serving director, 1964–97, who established ASM’s international reputation and orchestrated the creation of key preservation legislation

$1,000 Thompson Circle: All benefits of the Curator level of membership, plus Friend of the ASM Collections, and special events. $630 tax deduction.

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Man with pipe

This level is named in honor of Emil W. Haury, ASM's second director, 1938–64, and second head of the University of Arizona's Department of Anthropology. Through his seminal fieldwork, he placed UA at the forefront of archaeological research in the U.S. Southwest and built ASM into a world-class research institution.

$2,500 Haury Circle: All benefits of Thompson Circle plus a behind-the-scenes tour. $2,100 tax deduction.

Read more about Dr. Haury.

Man with horse

This level is named in honor of Byron Cummings, ASM’s first director, 1915–38. Known as the Dean of Southwest Archaeology, he was also founding head of the University of Arizona's Department of Archaeology and established ASM’s leadership role as guardian of Arizona’s archaeological resources.

$5,000 Cummings Circle: All benefits of Haury Circle plus an in-home review of your personal collection. $4,400 tax deduction.

Read more about Dean Cummings.

Old man

This level is named in honor of Arizona’s first state governor and the man who, in 1893, wrote and introduced the legislation that created the Arizona Territorial Museum, which later become the Arizona State Museum.

$10,000 George W. P. Hunt Heritage Circle: All benefits of Cummings Circle plus an opportunity to join the director at a special event. $9,300 tax deduction.

Read more about Governor Hunt.



Darlene F. Lizarraga
Membership Office
Arizona State Museum / University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210026
Tucson, AZ  85721-0026