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By joining the Friends of the Academy, you have the opportunity to inspire explorers of all ages, get closer to the scientists and their discoveries, and become a leader in a community of lifelong learners. The deeper your engagement, the closer you get—and the greater your impact.


As a Friend of the Academy, you’ll receive all member benefits as well as exclusive Friend privileges as described below, starting at the Explorers level.



Explorers ($1,000 – $2,499)

Unlimited Visits

  • Free admission for two primary cardholders, two adult guests per card, and your children or grandchildren (age 17 and younger) for one year
  • Priority entrance to the museum, rainforest, planetarium, and select special exhibits (see map)
  • Complimentary admission to NightLife every Thursday evening
  • Complimentary coat check with each visit
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line

Exclusive Events and Programs

  • Two Friends Behind-the-Scenes tour passes
  • Invitations to year-round special events and receptions exclusive to Friends of the Academy

Share the Experience

  • Four General Admission passes
  • Four NightLife passes

And More

  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace
  • Recognition in our community of supporters
  • Subscription to the monthly Donor e-Newsletter

Value of goods and services: $172

Curators ($2,500 – $4,999)

All Explorers benefits, plus:

  • Friends collections tours with Academy collections managers
  • Access to the exclusive Donor Lounge
  • Two NightLife VIP Tour passes
  • Two additional daily admission passes to share (6 total)
  • Invitation to a private reception prior to a lecture
  • Expedited entry to the Early Explorers Cove for young children
  • Four one-hour complimentary parking vouchers for the Music Concourse parking facility

Value of goods and services: $441


Scientists ($5,000 – $9,999)

All Curators benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to the annual Academy dinner
  • Academy staff presentation at your child’s career day or science fair
  • A complimentary card for your household caregiver
  • Two additional daily admission passes to share (8 total)
  • Two additional one-hour complimentary parking vouchers for the Music Concourse Parking Facility (6 hours total)

Value of goods and services: $542

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