Can I buy a gift membership?
Yes, you can! Memberships are the perfect gift for all sorts of special occasions, from birthdays to holidays and thank-yous. Gift memberships can be purchased online or by calling (800) 794-7576.
How do I purchase a gift membership for someone?
There are four ways to purchase a gift membership:
1. You may print and fill out the membership application.
Mail the completed application to:
California Academy of Sciences
c/o Membership Department
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
You can also email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Visit http://www.calacademy.org/gift-memberships and click on the orange “Purchase a gift membership” button.
3. Call our Contact Center at 1-800-794-7576 to speak with a representative and order by phone.
4. If you need your gift today, visit the Academy and stop by the Service Desk. A sales representative will assist you with purchasing a gift membership or gift voucher on site.
Is there a way to gift a membership to an unknown recipient?
Gift membership vouchers can be purchased for unspecified recipients.
How can I redeem/activate the voucher?
Your gift recipient can fill out the back of the voucher and bring it to the Academy. Your gift recipient will receive immediate access to the Academy with a membership day pass. Permanent membership cards will be mailed to your recipient within 2–3 weeks. The voucher can also be mailed to the address shown on the card for redemption.
What is the difference between a gift voucher and a personalized gift membership?
A gift voucher works much like a gift card. Your recipient can bring the voucher to the Academy to redeem their membership. Vouchers are valid one year from date of purchase. The membership is active on the date the voucher is redeemed by your gift recipient. A personalized gift membership creates an Academy membership in the recipient’s name that is active on the purchase date. Your gift recipient will receive a membership card in their name.
Is the membership active on the date that I purchase the gift?
Personalized gift memberships are active on the purchase date. Gift Membership Vouchers are valid on the day they are redeemed by the gift recipient.
I can’t find or lost my voucher, what can I do?
Unfortunately, vouchers are treated like cash and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Vouchers need to be presented to Academy staff in order for the membership to be activated.
Can I print this voucher?
No, vouchers cannot be printed at home at this time. Vouchers purchased online or over the phone will be mailed. Only vouchers purchased at the Academy can be made available to the purchaser on the purchase date.
Is there something I can print at home that I can present to my recipient while I wait to receive the voucher/personalized membership?
Not at this time, but feel free to let the recipient know about your gift! If the Gift Membership is personalized, the recipient may get day passes printed at the service desk before receiving their membership card.
Can I apply my voucher towards my current membership to renew?
Yes. Please mail in the voucher to the address shown on the card, or call 1-800-794-7576.
Can I upgrade from a voucher redemption?
Yes, you can upgrade from a voucher at the Academy’s Service Desk.
Can my recipient visit the Academy before receiving their membership cards?
Only recipients of personalized gift memberships may visit before they receive their membership cards. Please call 1-800-794-7576 to speak with a service representative about your membership number. Once you receive your membership number, please bring a photo id and membership number to the Membership Service Desk. You will receive a day pass and can visit the Academy while you wait for your membership cards to arrive by mail. Gift voucher recipients must redeem their voucher before visiting the Academy.