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 minor children in the household or 2 grandparents and their minor grandchildren.

Individual Membership – $50

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Individual Plus One Membership – $60

  • Individual level 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

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Discovery Club Membership – $125

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Naturalist Society Membership – $250

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Explorers Society Membership – $500

  • Free or discounted admission to Special Exhibits Gallery
  • Free or discounted admission to over 300 science museums worldwide*
  • Six (6) movie passes for the WRAL 3-D Digital Theater
  • Invitations to museum and members events
  • NC Naturalist magazine (includes Museum Program Calendar)
  • 10% discount in Museum Store
  • Discount on most classes, workshops, trips and special Museum events
  • Discount and priority registration on Museum summer camps
  • Discount on Museum birthday parties
  • Recognition in NC Naturalist magazine 
  • One Family Membership to give as a gift 
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $476**

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Brimley Society Membership – $1000

The Brimley Society, named after the founding fathers of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, celebrates the Museum’s remarkable success and its ambitious vision for the future. More Information about the Brimley Society

  • Two tickets to The Brimley Ball
  • A special presentation and champagne toast before the start of The Brimley Ball 
  • Recognition on The Brimley Ball invitation
  • Name on Brimley Society plaque
  • Membership in Friends of the Museum [includes additional benefits not listed here]
  • 20% discount in the Museum and Nature Research Center gift shops (excluding the Nature Art Gallery, 15% discount applies)
  • Six (6) movie passes to the WRAL 3-D Digital Theater
  • Free or discounted admission to special exhibits, plus invitations to previews and events
  • Free admission to over 300 science museums worldwide*
  • Invitations to the annual Museum Director's luncheon
  • Special behind-the-scenes event with the Nature Research Center Director 
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $846**

    **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.

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*Please note:  Morehead Planetarium & The Museum of Life & Science do not waive the following restrictions for Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Local restrictions may apply to the ASTC Reciprocal Passport Program. Restrictions based on museum's location: Museums located within a 90 mile radius of the member museum are excluded from the program.  Restrictions based on residence: To receive Travel Passport Program benefits, you must live more than 90 miles away from the museum you wish to visit.  These restrictions apply unless lifted by mutual agreement.  Acquaint yourself with the policies of the museum you plan to visit by calling or going to their Web site.

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)

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.