A young boy and an African penguin make eye contact in Tusher African Hall

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 access to everything under (and atop) our Living Roof—no advance reservations required.
  • Weekly Member Hours
    Members have the Academy to themselves every Sunday (10-11 am) and Tuesday (8:30-9:30 am). 
  • 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, lectures, and NightLife
    10% discount on shopping, dining, Penguins+Pajamas sleepovers, and birthday parties
    Please note that some programs are currently unavailable for guest and staff safety.
  • Member Connect 
    Members-only online platform to access exclusive livestream programs, all ages on-demand science content, and a digital community of like-minded learners.

  • 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.

Additional caregiver card

Family Plus, Associate, and Friends-level members have 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.


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