The Alice Austen House's membership categories are closely tied to Austen's life. During the 1880s and 1890s Austen, along with four close female friends, formed an almost exclusive quartet. The young women spent so much time together that disgruntled suitors referred to them as “The Darned Club,” a name the friends delightedly adopted. The “Larky Life” refers to Austen's social philosophy, a life of carefree sprees, pranks, masquerades, and musical evenings. Cornelius Vanderbilt, better known as the Commodore, was of course one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of his time. Join today to help promote Alice Austen's legacy!

Become a member

Download the 2014 Membership Form


Friend / $30 Family / $50

Free admission to the Austen House

Advanced invitation to all exhibits and events

The satisfaction of supporting one of New York's greatest cultural jewels.

Darned Club $100

All benefits of Family Membership, plus

10% discount on bus trips, special events, and summer camps


The Larky Life $250

All benefits of Darned Club Membership, plus:

Private tour of the Austen House, including parts that are closed to the public.

Commodore / $500 and above

All benefits of The Larky Life Membership, plus:

A limited edition, framed, Alice Austen photograph

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