Overview

Members bring the Museum to life – your membership donations help sustain education, research, and exhibits offered by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – and support our mission of illuminating the interdependence of nature and humanity.

All memberships are valid for 12 months from the date joined. Sales tax is now included in price of membership.

Senior Discount: Applies only if one or both of adults on the membership is at least 65 years of age. After you have added your desired level of membership to your cart, you may enter the promotion code Senior65 to receive a $5.00 discount at checkout.

Basic Membership Benefits – Apply to all levels of membership

  • Free or discounted admission to Featured Exhibitions Gallery
  • Free or discounted admission to over 300 science museums worldwide**
  • 10% discount in Museum Stores (15% for teachers) and Cafés
  • Behind-the-scenes tours in areas of the Museum not accessible to the public and Connect-with-Nature Adventures led by Museum staff and researchers
  • Personalized membership card(s)
  • Monthly Member eNews with invitations to Museum and Members Exclusive events
  • Complimentary subscription to NC Naturalist magazine (includes Museum Program Calendar), mailed quarterly
  • Hospitality area and “fast lane” access for members at select special events like BugFest
  • Discount on most classes, workshops, trips, 3D movies, and Museum events

**Local restrictions may apply to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program. Museums within 90 miles of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, including Morehead Planetarium, The Museum of Life & Science, and Marbles Kids Museum, do not reciprocate ASTC benefits. Visit the ASTC Passport Program website for more details and full list of participants. Always call institutions in advance of your visit to confirm Travel Passport Program benefits.


Individual Membership – $55

All Basic membership benefits apply to one named adult and guest or two named adults.

  • Gift is fully tax deductible, excluding sales tax

Join or renew Individual Membership

Individual Plus One Membership – $65

All Basic membership benefits apply to one named adult

  • Gift is fully tax deductible, excluding sales tax

Join or renew Individual Plus One Membership

Family Membership – $75

All Basic membership benefits apply to two adults/grandparents and their minor children/grandchildren, plus:

  • Discount and advance registration for Museum Summer Camps
  • Discount on Museum Birthday Parties
  • Gift is fully tax deductible, excluding sales tax

Join or renew Family Membership

Discovery Club Membership – $125

All Basic and Family level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • First priority registration and discount on Museum Summer Camps
  • Two free movie passes to WRAL 3D Theater
  • Recognition in NC Naturalist magazine
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $99.97

Join or renew Discovery Club Membership

BECOME A CATALYST! - $130

Announcing the NEW Catalyst membership program at the Museum.

Ideal for ages 21+, this membership is designed for people looking to connect with like-minded individuals and for those who want to make a difference at the Museum and in the community.

For less than two Grande Frappuccinos per month, you receive member “fast lane” access at special events like BugFest, behind-the-scenes tours, Adult Night tickets and drinks, social and professional networking opportunities, and more! A full list of benefits and pricing information is included below.

Join or renew Catalyst Membership

Naturalist Society Membership – $255

All Discovery Club level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • Two additional free movie passes to WRAL 3D Theater (four total)
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $216.39

Join or renew Naturalist Society Membership

Explorers Society Membership – $500

All Naturalist Society level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • Two additional free movie passes to WRAL 3D Theater (six total)
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $457.81

Join or renew Explorers Society Membership

Brimley Society Membership – $1000

All Explorers Society level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • Six guest passes to featured exhibition
  • Three featured exhibition reception tickets
  • Recognition on Brimley Society donor panel and Museum website
  • 20% discount in Museum Stores and 15% off Nature Art Gallery
  • 25% off Museum rentals, excluding Saturday events
  • Smithsonian Affiliate membership
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $809***

Join or renew Brimley Society Membership

BRIMLEY SOCIETY ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP – $2,500

All Brimley Society level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • Two tickets to a Science Luncheon and tour
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $2,289***

BRIMLEY SOCIETY PATRON MEMBERSHIP – $5,000

All Brimley Society Associate level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • Two additional tickets (4 total) to a Science Luncheon and tour
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $4,769***

BRIMLEY SOCIETY SPONSOR MEMBERSHIP – $10,000

All Brimley Society Patron level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • Four additional tickets (8 total) to a Science Luncheon and tour
  • Tax-deductible portion of your gift: $9,729***

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)

***All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You may increase the tax deductibility of your gift by declining membership benefits. (However, you will continue to receive the NC Naturalist magazine.) To opt out, please type "Waive Benefits" in the comments box on the online pledge form, check the appropriate box on the printed pledge form, or contact Barbara Osbeck at 919.707.9855 or barbara.osbeck@naturalsciences.org.