MEMBERSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS

Overview

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.

Please Note: We no longer list Senior as a membership type, however we do still offer a senior discount if one or both of the adults on the membership is at least 65 years of age. After you have added the desired membership level to your cart you may enter the promotion code Senior65 to receive your $5.00 discount at checkout.

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

Join or renew Individual Membership

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

Join or renew Individual Plus One Membership

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 benefits apply, plus these additional Family level benefits:
  • Discount and early bird registration on Museum Summer Camps
  • Discount on Museum Birthday Parties
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $70

Join or renew Family Membership

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:
  • First priority registration for Museum Summer Camps
  • Two (2) movie passes for the WRAL 3D Digital Theater
  • Recognition in NC Naturalist magazine
  • Fair market value of benefits: $28***
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $97

Join or renew Discovery Club Membership

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 3D Digital Theater
  • Recognition in NC Naturalist magazine
  • Fair market value of benefits: $36***
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $214

Join or renew Naturalist Society Membership

Explorers Society Membership – $500*

Explorers 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 3D Digital Theater
  • Recognition in NC Naturalist magazine
  • One Family Membership to give as a gift
  • Fair market value of benefits: $44***
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $456

Join or renew Explorers Society Membership

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 Museum's founding fathers. 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

  • All basic and Family level benefits apply, plus:
  • Invitations to exclusive Brimley Society events and educational programs
  • Discounted admission to signature opening events
  • Six (6) featured exhibition 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: $109***

Join or renew Brimley Society Membership

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 Stores purchases (5% above regular membership)
  • Email updates (by request)

*In accordance with North Carolina state law, beginning April 1, 2017, the applicable sales tax will be added to membership dues at the time of purchase.

**Please note: Local restrictions may apply to the ASTC Reciprocal Passport Program. Reciprocity does not include those museums within 90 miles of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Morehead Planetarium, The Museum of Life & Science, and Marbles Kids Museum do not reciprocate with the 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 in advance by calling ahead or going to their website.

***All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The total fair market value of Brimley benefits is $109 (free admission to featured exhibitions, WRAL 3D Movie passes, guest passes to featured exhibitions, and Smithsonian Affiliate Membership). You may increase the tax deductibility of your gift by opting out of these benefits. (You will continue to receive the NC Naturalist magazine.) Please type "Waive Benefits" in the comments box on the online pledge form, check the appropriate box on the printed pledge form, or contact us 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.