Become a Member

Membership Benefits and Levels

Why be a Member?

  • Membership pays for itself in as little as two visits
  • Be a part of UC Berkeley, the world's premier public university
  • Experience programs designed by leaders in science education
  • Learn from friendly staff, UC Berkeley students, and volunteers who will spark your curiosity and imagination
  • Explore reciprocal museums locally and while traveling
  • Savings on Summer Camps alone can pay for a Family level membership

All Members Receive:

  • Unlimited admission to the Hall for an entire year*
  • Free guests with each visit (number of guests vary by level)*
  • Digital Theater passes (number of passes vary by level)*
  • 10% discount on books, toys, games, and other great merchandise from the Discovery Corner Store
  • Invitations to Members-only events and exhibition openings
  • Free or reduced admission to more than 300 ASTC science centers and museums worldwide!
  • Memberships are tax deductible

*Additional fees may apply during special exhibitions or for select Digital Theater shows.

$55  Friend

All the basic Member benefits, PLUS:

  • Personalized adult Member card
  • One guest with each visit
  • Two Digital Theater passes
  • Tax deductible amount: $55 

Please note: Friend level benefits do not include discounts on camps, classes or birthday parties. See Family level or higher for these benefits.

$95  Family

Good for two adults residing in the same household and their children or grandchildren under 18.

All the basic Member benefits, PLUS:

  • Two personalized adult Member cards
  • One free guest with each visit
  • Two single-use Guest passes
  • Two Digital Theater passes
  • Discounts on camps, classes, and birthday parties
  • Priority registration on Summer Camps and select programs
  • Tax deductible amount: $95

$135  Family Premium (Best Value!)

Good for two adults residing in the same household and their children under 18. Two additional caregiver Member cards may be used for family or childcare providers.

All the Family Member benefits, PLUS:

  • Two personalized caregiver Member cards
  • Two free guests with each visit
  • One single-use Family pass good for up to 6 people (in lieu of 2 Guest passes)
  • Four Digital Theater passes
  • $10 gift certificate to the Discovery Corner Store
  • 50% off Digital Theater admission anytime for you and your guests
  • 50% admission for up to 6 guests at almost 200 children’s museums through the Association of Children's Museums Reciprocal Network
  • Tax deductible amount: $125

$250  Sponsor

All the Family Premium Member benefits, PLUS:

  • Up to four guests with each visit
  • Discounts on facility rentals
  • Tax deductible amount: $240

$500  Associate

All the Sponsor Member benefits, PLUS:

  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Tax deductible amount: $490

$1,000  Partner in Science

All the Associate Member benefits, PLUS:

  • Invitations to exclusive Partner in Science events
  • Tax deductible amount: $970

If you are considering a gift greater than $1,000, please contact the Development Department at 510-642-9768 for giving options.


Seniors age 62+, UC Berkeley affiliates, professional educators, and people with disabilities qualify for a discount of $10 off any level of membership. Proof of eligibility is required for seniors, UC Berkeley affiliates, and educator discounts. Discounted memberships must be purchased in person or by mail, and are not available online. Limited to one discount per purchase.

Acceptable forms of identification: Senior: Valid proof of age, UC Berkeley affiliate: Cal ID, Lifetime Alumni card, or LBNL/LLNL business card or ID. Educator: school ID, business card, union ID

Reciprocal Programs

We are part of the Association of Science & Technology Centers' (ASTC) Passport Program, which offers free or reduced reciprocal admission to our Members when they travel to museums around the world.

Family Premium levels and above also receive reciprocal benefits with the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Program

Read more about our Reciprocal Programs.

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported, in part, by your membership donation. Memberships are valid for one year from date of purchase and are nonrefundable and nontransferable.