FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Months before the long-delayed underground museum at the World Trade Center site finally opens, the 9/11 Memorial Museum has begun soliciting members — offering a discounted rate for those who sign up early.
Inaugural members who join before April 2014 will receive a 10 percent discount on any of the six annual packages, which range from $70 for a single person to $2,000 for a “Patron’s Circle” level, according to the museum's website.
The museum is scheduled to open sometime in the spring of 2014, but the official date has not been announced.
"It is our hope New Yorkers, Americans and people from around the world will join us in honoring the victims and preserving the past by becoming inaugural members of the museum," 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said in a statement.
All the memberships come with unlimited access to the museum — and its express, members-only entrance and coat-check — along with a 10 percent discount at the museum cafe and store and at least two complimentary tickets for guests.
More expensive membership packages also include discounted tickets to public programs, invitations to special events, a curator-led tour of the museum and recognition on the museum website.
According to the museum, all funds from memberships and donations will go toward maintaining the memorial and museum, as well as developing programs and exhibits.
Museum officials have said they will charge up to $25 for admission to the museum without a membership, a fee many New Yorkers have said they consider too high.