Membership

Levels & Benefits

Membership donations help the Friends of the Museum to support ongoing research, educational programs and exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  All memberships are valid for 12 months from the date joined.  Family level memberships cover two adults and their minor children living in the same household or two grandparents and their minor grandchildren.

Basic Membership Benefits – Apply to all levels of membership

Individual Membership – $50

    • Above benefits apply to one adult member
    • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $50

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Individual Plus One Membership – $60

    • Basic membership benefits apply to one named member and their guest, or two named members.
    • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $60

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Family Membership – $70

    • Family memberships cover two named adult members and their minor children living in the same household, or two grandparents and their minor grandchildren.
    • All basic membership level benefits apply, plus these additional family level benefits;
    • Discount and priority registration on Museum summer camps
    • Discount on Museum birthday parties 
    • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $70

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Discovery Club Membership – $125

    • Discovery Club memberships cover two named adults and their minor children living in the same household or two grandparents and their minor grandchildren.
    • All Basic and Family level benefits apply, plus;.
    • Two (2) movie passes for the WRAL 3-D Digital Theater
    • Recognition in NC Naturalist magazine
    • Fair Market Value of Benefits: $10**

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Naturalist Society Membership – $250

    • Naturalist Society memberships cover two named adults and their minor children living in the same household or two grandparents and their minor grandchildren.
    • All Basic and Family level benefits apply, plus;
    • Four(4) movie passes for the WRAL 3-D Digital Theater
    • Recognition in NC Naturalist magazine
    • Fair Market Value of Benefits: $20**

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Explorers Society Membership – $500

    • Naturalist Society memberships cover two named adults and their minor children living in the same household or two grandparents and their minor grandchildren.
    • All Basic and Family level benefits apply, plus;
    • Six (6) movie passes for the WRAL 3-D Digital Theater
    • Recognition in NC Naturalist magazine 
    • One Family Membership to give as a gift 
    • Fair Market Value of Benefits: $30

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Brimley Society Membership – $1000

The Brimley Society, launched in 2005 to recognize the Friends of the Museum's most dedicated supporters, was named after the founding fathers of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Proceeds from the Brimley Society sustain the Friends' ongoing efforts to support the Museum's educational programs, research and exhibits. More information about the Brimley Society

    • Invitations to exclusive Brimley events and educational programs
    • Discounted admission to signature opening events
    • Free admission to special exhibitions, plus six (6) guest passes to share with family and friends
    • Recognition on Brimley Society plaque, website and NC Naturalist magazine
    • 20% discount in Museum Stores and 15% discount in Nature Art Gallery
    • Smithsonian Affiliate Membership, including a subscription to Smithsonian magazine, a 10% discount at Smithsonian Museum store, 10% discount on all Smithsonian IMAX tickets, and more
    • 25% discount on rental fee to use the Museum for your event (excludes Saturday rentals)
    • Fair Market Value of Benefits: $105**

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Additional Member Benefits for Teachers

Friends of the Museum recognizes the important role that teachers play in our daily lives. Teachers who join Friends of the Museum receive the regular benefits for the level at which they join, plus special benefits reserved just for them.

    • Discounts on most Educator Treks & Workshops
    • 15% discount on Museum Store purchases (5% above regular membership)
    • Email updates (by request)
    • Museum Educators Guide (by request)

*Please note:  Local restrictions may apply to the ASTC Reciprocal Passport Program. Reciprocity does not include those museums within 90 miles of the Museum of Natural Sciences or within 90 miles of your own home. Morehead Planetarium, The Museum of Life & Science, and Marbles Kids Museum do not waive these restrictions for Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Please visit the ASTC Passport Program website for more detailed information on this program. Acquaint yourself with the policies of the museum you plan to visit by calling ahead or going to their Web site.

**Friends of the Museum hopes you will take advantage of all your benefits, but should you decide to decline benefits with an assigned fair market value, the tax deductibility of your gift would increase.  If you wish to decline benefits, please let us know by contacting the Friends Office at 919.707.9855 or barbara.osbeck@naturalsciences.org.

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919.733.5410. The license is not an endorsement by the state.