National Art Pass FAQs

National Art Pass FAQs

What is the National Art Pass?

The National Art Pass is issued to Art Fund members. It is your passport to art, giving free entry to over 200 museums, galleries, historic houses and castles across the UK, and up to 50% off major exhibitions. The National Art Pass helps raise millions of pounds every year to help the Art Fund buy great art for public collections.

You can buy, renew or gift a National Art Pass online.

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Where can I use my National Art Pass?

You can get into over 200 museums, galleries and historic properties for free, as well as discounted entry to must-see exhibitions across the UK. You can see a full list of all these venues and discounts on the National Art Pass page, in our what to see section or by searching the Art map.

When you buy a National Art Pass you will be sent a Guide which includes full listings and maps showing you where to use your card. Download our free Art Guide app for Android and iPhone to search for great exhibitions, museums and galleries when you're out and about.


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Which type of National Art Pass is best for me?

There are four types of annual National Art Pass, which can be bought for yourself or given as a gift.

A Single gives an annual card, Double is ideal for two art lovers living at the same address: it includes named cards for two adults. Family also includes two cards, each admitting the named cardholder and children or grandchildren under 16 in the family. One card is included for Under 26 and the member must be under 26 at time of purchase. Single and Double Life membership are also available.

Buy yours online or by calling Supporter Services.

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I have lost my National Art Pass, what shall I do?

Please contact Supporter Services who will be happy to send a replacement card free of charge. Any subsequent replacement cards will incur a small administration fee.

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Can I lend my National Art Pass to a friend or relative?

No, your National Art Pass is your card and is non transferable.

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I've just joined, when will I receive my National Art Pass?

Please allow ten working days for your welcome pack and National Art Pass(es) to arrive. Delivery is by Royal Mail. If you have any queries regarding the status of your membership or if our pack has not arrived after ten working days, please contact our Supporter Services team quoting your order reference.

We do offer an Express delivery service which costs £6.95.

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Can I make use of my membership straight away?

Your National Art Pass is your membership card, so you will need to wait until you receive it.

If would like to know your membership number in advance, please contact Supporter Services. We cannot guarantee you free and discounted entry during this time. Museums and galleries may allow you to book tickets if you quote your membership number before you receive your card, however they will require you to show a valid card on collection of your tickets/entry to the venue. 

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What is Gift Aid? Why do you ask for declaration?

The Art Fund is a charity. Gift Aid is a government scheme where charities can reclaim money on your contribution from the HM Revenue & Customs.

If you are a UK taxpayer and you choose to Gift Aid your subscriptions and donations, for every pound given, we will receive an additional 25p at no extra cost to you.  Also, if you pay higher rate tax you can claim extra relief on your donations, and if you claim higher Personal Allowances or tax credits, Gift Aid donations can sometimes increase your entitlement.

In order for your gifts to qualify for Gift Aid, you must be a UK taxpayer and what you pay in income or capital gains tax must at least equal the total amount that all charities and Community Amateur Sport Clubs that you support with Gift Aid will claim for your donations in each tax year (6 April – 5 April). The charities will claim 25p for each £1 given.

You pay UK income or capital gains tax if:

  • income tax is taken from your wages or salary before you receive your pay
  • you pay tax after filling in a self-assessment form each year
  • you have any taxable savings, or a pension plan, or investment income
  • you have paid any capital gains tax, e.g. on the sale of a property or some shares.

Please note that other taxes such us Council Tax and VAT do not qualify as income/capital tax, and we cannot claim Gift Aid on Life National Art Passes or membership given as a gift.

When you buy your National Art Pass or make a donation, all you have to do is to confirm that you want to take part or call Supporter Services on 0844 415 4100 to make your Gift Aid declaration.

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Are there any terms and conditions of membership?

Yes, please visit our main Terms and Conditions page to view them.

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