The Nautical Research Guild is the largest American organization of master ship modelers and naval historians. As a member you will be part of that community with access to the latest historical research and model building techniques.
Although the yearly membership cost is not very high, we know that there are many other things that you could do with the money. But if you like to build historically accurate ship models, it will be money well spent.
Your membership helps to sponsor a wide variety of activities in the areas of nautical research and model ship building, including the Model Ship World forum, research grants, and the development of group projects.
Four times a year you will receive the respected Nautical Research Journal with peer-reviewed academic articles on ship building, nautical history and the maritime arts, as well as detailed model ship building articles by some of the top ship modelers in the country. You can choose to receive the Journal as a collectable print edition, in a convenient digital edition, or both.
Your membership includes free admission to the Guild's live online workshops (non-members pay a fee for each workshop), and access to the online archive of past workshop recordings.
Members can attend our annual conference where you will meet and exchange ideas with many of the authors and historians whose articles you have read, and enjoy maritime themed tours, historical and technical presentations, and the company of like-minded ship model builders and enthusiasts.
Members also enjoy discounts on Guild books and other products, and Donor and higher members get special admission to maritime museums across the country.
Member Benefits at a Glance
Membership Options at a Glance
When you join the Nautical Research Guild, your membership includes a subscription to the Nautical Research Journal, our quarterly magazine on ship building, nautical history and maritime arts. You can choose to receive the Journal as a printed magazine, an online digital publication, or both.
The print edition is our traditional printed magazine. You'll receive each issue by mail. The magazine is beautifully published with a glossy cover, and includes a mix of full color and black-and-white pages.
The digital edition is viewed through a web browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. It has all the same content as the print edition, with the added bonus of being in full color. You'll be able to access each new issue as soon as it is published, without having to wait for your copy to show up in the mail. You can learn more about the digital edition here.
Show your support by adding an optional additional donation to your membership. When you add an additional donation, you earn special recognition and benefits.
Membership in the NRG is open to residents of the United States and other countries. We offer different membership options for each to ensure we offer fair pricing that covers the cost of mailing the Nautical Research Journal to you. For Canadian and international members, the Digital Only membership is often a great choice. It is the same price for U.S., Canadian and international residents, and sends you the Nautical Research Journal in an online format instead of a printed copy.
You can choose to renew manually each year, or automatically renew each year using your credit card on file.
Easily manage your membership online. You can update your contact information at any time, and easily change your membership level before each renewal. You'll get an email shortly before your renewal date so you can make any changes.