In the US, we are able to “join” or “subscribe” to an organization/museum/etc. In 2012 I was researching aspects associated with accessibility for Paris visitors. Visiting the Louvre is on the top lists of Paris attractions, so I intended to make several visits during my stay. I calculated that purchasing an annual membership would be cost effective, so off I went in search of “how to join” the museum. One bureau/office looked promising and I rehearsed my French sentences before pulling up my socks and entering. I tried to qualify for either a student or professional membership and failed at both. Crestfallen, I exited the room but then thankfully noticed something across the way about <<Adhésion Particulier – Société des Amis du Louvre>>. I was welcomed with (almost) open arms and proudly became an Adhérent(e?). The membership card makes a lovely souvenir too “:-)”.