Members bring the Museum to life and support our mission to illuminate the natural world and inspire its conservation. The generosity of our members helps to sustain the world-class education, research, exhibits, and collections offered by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

All memberships are valid for 12 or 24 months from the date of purchase. Sales tax (mandated by law) is now included in price of membership. Save $10 or more when you purchase a two-year membership!

Senior Discount: If one or both adults on the membership is at least 65 years of age, you may enter the promotion code Senior65 at checkout to receive a $5 discount on your membership purchase.

Contact
For questions regarding membership, please contact Catherine Perkins at 919.707.9296 or membership@naturalsciences.org.


Basic Membership Benefits (Apply to all levels of membership)

  • Free or discounted admission to featured exhibitions
  • Free or discounted admission to over 300 science museums worldwide**
  • 10% discount in Museum Stores and Cafés
  • Discount on classes, workshops, trips, 3D movies, and Museum events
  • Invitations to member-exclusive events and travel opportunities
  • VIP experience at select Museum events like BugFest
  • Subscription to NC Naturalist magazine, mailed quarterly
  • Monthly Member eNews and event notices
  • eCard option for your smartphone

**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.

GO GREEN! Members are encouraged to help the Museum save paper by opting in to electronic membership cards. Download the free “e-Membership Cards” app in the Apple iTunes App Store or Google Play to get started.

Teacher Benefits

Individual Membership — $55 per year | $100 two-year membership

All basic membership benefits above apply to one named adult.

  • Gift is fully tax deductible, excluding sales tax.

Join or renew Individual Membership

Individual + 1 Membership — $65 per year | $120 two-year membership

All basic membership benefits above apply to two named adults or one named adult and guest, plus:

  • Eligible to rent the Museum for private events.
  • Gift is fully tax deductible, excluding sales tax.

Join or renew Individual + 1 Membership

Family Membership — $75 per year | $140 two-year membership

All basic membership benefits above apply to two adults and their minor (ages 3-17) children/grandchildren in the household, plus:

  • Advance registration and discount on Summer Camps
  • Discount on Birthday Parties
  • Gift is fully tax deductible, excluding sales tax.

Join or renew Family Membership

Family + 1 Membership (formerly Discovery Club) — $125 per year | $240 two-year membership

All basic and Family level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • First priority registration and discount on popular Museum Summer Camps
  • NEW! Option to bring one guest to featured exhibitions and member events
  • Two complimentary movie passes to WRAL 3D Theater
  • Annual recognition in NC Naturalist magazine
  • Estimated tax-deductible portion of gift: $90 (one year) | $205 (two years)

Join or renew Family + 1 Membership

BECOME A CATALYST! — $130 per year | $250 two-year membership

Announcing the NEW Catalyst membership program at the Museum.

Designed for ages 21+, this membership provides catalytic opportunities for people looking to connect with like-minded individuals who want to make a difference at the Museum and in the community.

For the price of your monthly Netflix subscription, you and a friend receive Adult Night tickets and drinks, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, member “fast lane” access at special Museum events like BugFest, opportunities to socialize with fellow Catalysts, and more!

All basic benefits of membership apply to two named adults or one named adult and guest, plus:

  • Two free tickets to one Adult Night event of your choice (3 per year), excluding Natural Selections ($40 value)
  • The first round of drinks on us at each Adult Night event, excluding Natural Selections ($36 value)
  • Access to sold out Adult Night events, including Natural Selections!
  • Invitations to social and professional networking opportunities
  • Annual recognition in NC Naturalist magazine
  • Estimated tax-deductible portion of your gift: $48 (one year) | $87 (two years)

Join or renew Catalyst Membership   Join or renew Catalyst monthly Payments

Naturalist Society Membership — $255 per year | $500 two-year membership

All Family + 1 level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • Two additional complimentary movie passes to WRAL 3D Theater (4 total)
  • Invitations to the annual State of the Museum Address
  • VIP seating available at select lectures
  • Estimated tax-deductible portion of your gift: $211 (one year) | $439 (two years)

Join or renew Naturalist Society Membership

Explorers Society Membership — $505 per year | $995 two-year membership

All Naturalist Society level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • NEW! Option to bring one additional guest (2 total) to featured exhibitions and member events
  • Two additional free movie passes to WRAL 3D Theater (6 total)
  • NEW! 20% discount on gift memberships
  • Estimated tax-deductible portion of your gift: $447 (one year) | $911 (two years)

Join or renew Explorers Society Membership

Brimley Society Membership — $1000 per year | $1,985 two-year membership

All Explorers Society level membership benefits apply, plus:

  • NEW! Option to bring two guests to member-exclusive events, such as the annual Member Holiday Party
  • Six guest passes to our featured exhibition
  • Two featured exhibition reception tickets
  • Two additional free movie passes to WRAL 3D Theater (8 total)
  • Smithsonian Affiliate membership
  • 20% discount in Museum Stores and 15% off in the Nature Art Gallery
  • 25% off facility rental fee for Museum rentals, applicable towards Sunday through Friday rentals*
  • Recognition on Brimley Society donor panel and Museum website
  • Monthly payment option
  • Estimated tax-deductible portion of gift: $819 (one year) | $1,765 (two years)

Join or renew Brimley Society Membership

*Contact Museum Rental Coordinator for additional pricing information and availability.

Learn more about additional Brimley Society levels and benefits.