A young boy and an African penguin make eye contact in Tusher African Hall
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Academy membership has plentiful perks—and is always the best value. Learn more about why membership is a smart investment in serious fun.

Academy members get more

The support of our membership community helps the Academy thrive. The benefits below are our way of saying thanks.

Make a transformative impact on the Academy with a gift of $1,500 or more: Join a Donor Circle today.

  • Unlimited Daytime Admission
    Enjoy free admission year-round* and enjoy everything under our Living Roof by reserving your member tickets online up to 3 weeks in advance. For your safety, all guests, including members, must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance. Walkup admission is not available.
     
  • Weekly Member Hours
    Members have the Academy to themselves every Sunday (10–11 am) and Tuesday (8:30–9:30 am). Please reserve your tickets for Member Hours online.
     
  • Invitations to exclusive events and programs
    From exclusive livestreams to exhibit previews, member talks, and programs, membership is so much more than free admission. Please note that some member offerings are currently unavailable for guest and staff safety.
     
  • Subscription to LIVE
    Our colorful seasonal e-newsletter will help you keep tabs on upcoming exhibits, exclusive member events, and the latest research from Academy scientists.
     
  • Discounts on shopping, dining, and events​
    20% discount on VIP Tours, Penguins+Pajamas sleepovers, lectures, and NightLife
    10% discount on shopping, dining, and birthday parties
    Please note that some programs are currently unavailable for guest and staff safety.
     
  • Flexible payment options
    With a small deposit and monthly payments starting at just $6, our Annual Membership Subscription plan makes purchasing an Academy membership flexible and easy.
     
  • Tax deductibility
    All memberships under $350 are fully tax-deductible. $732.50 of Associate-level memberships is tax-deductible.
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New! Additional caregiver card

We're excited to unveil a new perk for Family Plus, Associate, and Friends-level members: The opportunity to purchase additional caregiver cards for $50 per named caregiver! This is a great option for families with multiple caregivers. For more details, see the "Caregiver Card" section in the Membership FAQ.

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*Please note: Community Value membership includes 220+ days of Academy admission every year. Learn more

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