A young boy and an African penguin make eye contact in Tusher African Hall

Academy membership has plentiful perks—and is always the best value. Learn more about why membership is a smart investment in serious fun.

Academy members get more

The support of our membership community helps the Academy thrive. The benefits below are our way of saying thanks.

Make a transformative impact on the Academy with a gift of $1,500 or more: Join a Donor Circle today.

  • Unlimited Daytime Admission
    Present your personalized membership card and photo ID at our members-only entrance for unlimited* access to an aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest, and so much more, all year long.
  • Weekly Member Hours
    Every Sunday (10–11 am) and Tuesday (8:30–9:30 am), enjoy the calm before the crowds as the Academy opens exclusively for members. 
  • Invitations to exclusive events and programs
    From special planetarium passes and penguin feedings to exhibit previews, member talks, and programs, membership is so much more than free admission.
  • Subscription to LIVE
    Our colorful seasonal newsletter will help you keep tabs on upcoming exhibits, exclusive member events, and the latest research from Academy scientists.
  • Discounts on shopping, dining, and events​
    20% discount on VIP Tours, Penguins+Pajamas sleepovers, lectures, and NightLife
    10% discount on shopping, dining, and birthday parties
  • Flexible payment options
    With a small deposit and monthly payments starting at just $6, our Annual Membership Subscription plan makes purchasing an Academy membership flexible and easy.
  • Tax deductibility
    All memberships under $350 are fully tax-deductible. $732.50 of Associate-level memberships is tax-deductible.



New! Additional caregiver card

We're excited to unveil a new perk for Family Plus, Associate, and Friends-level members: The opportunity to purchase additional caregiver cards for $50 per named caregiver! This is a great option for families with multiple caregivers. For more details, see the "Caregiver Card" section in the Membership FAQ.


*Please note: Community Value membership includes 220+ days of Academy admission every year. Learn more