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By joining the Friends of the Academy, you have the opportunity to inspire explorers of all ages, get closer to the scientists and their discoveries, and become a leader in a community of lifelong learners.

The deeper your engagement, the closer you get—and the greater your impact.


As a Friend of the Academy, you’ll receive all member benefits as well as exclusive Friend privileges as described below, starting at the Explorers level.


Explorer ($1,000 – $2,499)

All Member benefits, plus:

  • Complimentary admission for two primary cardholders, two adult guests per card, and accompanying children (age 17 and younger) for one year.
  • Express entry to the museum, Osher RainforestMorrison Planetarium, and earthquake simulator (see map)
  • Complimentary admission to NightLife every Thursday evening for two primary cardholders and two adult guests (21+ with ID) per card
  • Optional caregiver card (see Membership FAQ for details)
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Friends of the Academy
  • Four Daytime Admission passes to share
  • Four NightLife passes to share
  • Complimentary coat check with each visit
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: (415) 379-5405
  • Recognition in our community of supporters 
  • Subscription to the Donor e-News 

Value of goods and services: $87


Curator ($2,500 – $4,999)

All Explorer benefits, plus:

  • Access to the private Donor Lounge
  • Two VIP Tour passes
  • Opportunity to explore the specimen collection with Academy scientists
  • Complimentary admission to the Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lecture series
  • Invitation to an Academy lecture and reception for Friends
  • Two additional Daytime Admission passes to share (6 total)
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace Restaurant
  • Four hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage 

Value of goods and services: $255


Scientist ($5,000 – $9,999)

All Curator benefits, plus:

Value of goods and services: $652