Institutional membership

Membership is valuable to my organization

The Massillon Museum values services offered by the Ohio Museums Association to engage its staff with the statewide museum community, reinforce best practices, and access opportunities for professional development. In addition, OMA membership has increased visibility for the Massillon Museum through exposure at the Visual Communications Awards.

Personalized experiences provided by a statewide museum association are invaluable, and the OMA is recognized on a national level for its engagement in advocacy. 

While OMA represents the best interests of all Ohio museums, it provides a network for its members that has been instrumental in helping promote new job opportunities, and share resources that our museum wouldn’t have known about otherwise. "

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Executive Director
Massillon Museum

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Trying to renew your OMA institutional membership?

To renew your OMA institutional membership, please have your Group Member Administrator log in and click on the "renew now" button on your member landing page, or in the "Membership & Participation section of your account. If you have questions about your group member administrator, or renewing your membership, please contact OMA.

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Join Ohio's state-wide museum community! Our affordable Institutional membership is based on a sliding scale, with benefits including special offers and opportunities from our museum service provider partners, access to deep discounts from OMA's worker's compensation group rating program, full individual benefits for each museum employee, and more!

Complete OMA membership - Based on your budget!

The Ohio Museums Association knows that museums come in all shapes and sizes - and every museum deserves the great benefits, discounts and money-saving partnerships that come as part of each OMA membership.

OMA's institutional membership is based on a sliding scale so that every Ohio museum can get all benefits and resources that come with OMA membership at an affordable price.

And, as an added benefit, all employees of OMA institutional members are covered under their museum's membership. That means deep discounts at all OMA events, workshops and conferences, special opportunities, career resources and more - for each employee of our institutional members!

 Join the Ohio Museums Association's institutional community today and start taking advantage of OMA's resources and benefits to help your museum advance your mission, and help your museum employees enhance their careers!

Membership Dues

The following due scale is based on the annual operating budget of the member museum.

 Level 1  Budgets under $50,000   $60 
 Level 2
 $50,000-$249,000   $120
 Level 3  $250,000-$499,999  $240
 Level 4  $500,000-$999,999  $360
 Level 5  $1 million-$5 million  $480
 Level 6  Budgets over $5 million  $600

Membership Benefits

Institutional Member Benefits

The Ohio Museums Association provides the following services to its members:

  • Professional Development and Networking Opportunities through participation in our workshops and annual conference
  • Discounted Registrations, Advertising and Exhibit Hall space for the Association’s Annual Conference
  • A forum for free publicity for events in the newsletter and magazine
  • Free listing of job openings in the newsletter and web site
  • Free web site link and listing on the OMA member directory
  • Access to Workers’ Compensation Group Rating providing discounts in annual BWC fees
  • Access to group and individual health insurance through TAH Benefits
  • Generous Discounts through supplier, Gaylord
  • Access to members-only offers on merchant services through our partner, Thrive Payments 

OMA offers access to Workers' Compensation Rating Group providing deep discounts in annual fees through our third party administrator CompManagement, Inc. For more information contact:

Kathy Redmond
Manager, Client Services
CompManagement, Inc.
PO Box 884
Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614.760.2409
Email: [email protected]

As an added benefit to all OMA members, the Ohio Museums Association has partnered with Gaylord to provide generous discounts on your everyday purchases!

Contact [email protected] to receive your member's priority code!

  • Save 18% on Archival Supplies
  • Save 10% on Furniture
  • 50% off shipping on all supply orders over $200

No matter how you choose to place your order just reference your OMA Member “Contract Priority Code” and you will receive your discounted pricing and preferential freight terms.

To receive your Gaylord Contract Priority Code, email [email protected] or call 614.297.2375

See our Member Benefits page for more info on this great benefit!

The Ohio Museums Association has endorsed TAH Benefits (formerly Tabit, Arganbright and Hazelbaker) as our preferred insurance representatives. Both individual and group health insurance programs are available through TAH. For more information, contact:

TAH Benefits
5007 Pine Creek Drive
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 800.237.2333
Fax: 888.284.1529
E-mail: [email protected]

Ohio Museums Association and Thrive Payments have partnered to help member museums of all sizes improve the efficiency and security of their payment acceptance activities.

Thrive Payments (formerly Odyssey Merchant Services) is a U.S.-based merchant services provider specializing in providing credit card processing solutions to museums across the country. The OMA/Thrive partnership has resulted in a special offer specifically for our members:

  • One-on-one designated customer service and technical support specialist for each OMA member museum
  • Complimentary pricing analysis including transparent and fair pricing based on museum activity; no “canned” pricing grid
  • No termination fee
  • No contract term
  • No annual PCI compliance fee
  • Free 30-minute IT consult for PCI Compliance Security, when applicable
  • 1 free mobile account (excluding applicable ongoing transaction costs)
  • EMV Chip liability shift review; including strategy to protect museum against negative impact
  • Monthly donation to the Ohio Museums Association by Thrive based on active business

Not only does this partnership provide OMA members the opportunity to improve efficiency of their existing merchant services program, decrease cost, and increase data security but every member processing through Thrive Payments will also indirectly support OMA.

Each month, Thrive Payments will make a contribution to OMA based on active business. As such, processing with Thrive Payments assists the Ohio Museums Association in better serving our members, at no additional cost to the member museum.

There is no obligation to our members, but most museums find a financial review to be an enlightening and beneficial tool! Learn more about Thrive Payments at or contact Jeana DeBenedetto, National Sales Executive, directly at [email protected] or 781.756.8241 for your complimentary consultation and pricing analysis.

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