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
    Enjoy free admission year-round* and enjoy access to everything under (and atop) our Living Roof—no advance reservations required.
  • Weekly Member Hours
    Members have the Academy to themselves every Sunday (10-11 am) and Tuesday (8:30-9:30 am). 
  • Invitations to exclusive events and programs
    From exclusive livestreams to exhibit previews, member talks, and programs, membership is so much more than free admission.



Additional caregiver card

Family Plus, Associate, and Friends-level members have 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