Standard Friends Membership

Friends of the RA can enjoy free entry to all our exhibitions, with the programme for our 250th anniversary featuring Tacita Dean LANDSCAPE, Invisible Landscapes, The Summer Exhibition 2018 and The Great SpectacleRenzo PianoOceania and Klimt/Schiele. 

They can also bring a guest in for free, have all day access to the Keeper’s House, exclusive events, and much more.

The Pre-Packaged Standard Friends Memberships is 'inactive' until the recipient contacts the RA with all their details (within 6 months of purchase date). To receive their membership card they can either bring the included welcome letter with unique reference number to the Friends information desk at the RA or call the Friends team on 0207 300 8090.

Is this a renewal? To renew, simply buy your membership and when you activate the card we will locate your previous account details and will arrange this as a renewal. To renew by direct debit please contact the Friends team on 020 7300 8090 or email

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There is always something exciting happening at the Royal Academy and a Friend of the RA membership is the perfect way to experience and unlock the RA’s vibrant artistic programme of leading art, design and architecture.

As a Friend of the RA you will have access to the Keeper's House, a café, restaurant, bar and garden for Friends to enjoy in the heart of Mayfair. You will be able to visit all of the RA’s exhibitions for free, as many times as you like with a guest. We have an inspiring programme for our 250th anniversary, starting with Tacita Dean LANDSCAPE, and Invisible Landscapes, building up to our 250th Summer Exhibition in 2018 alongside The Great Spectacle. This will be followed by the spectacular Renzo Piano, Oceania and the stunning Klimt/Schiele exhibition to end the year. 

In addition you will receive the RA magazine, priority news and booking opportunities, access to exclusive Friends events including previews, private views, film screenings, culinary tastings and other VIP experiences. If you are aged 16 – 25 years old you can enjoy all of the same benefits with a Young Friends Membership for just £65, and if you would like to have all of these benefits for two people choose the Joint Friends Membership for £190.

Please note, all memberships require activation within 6 months of purchase and are non-refundable.