Explore the benefits of membership during our closure
On March 16, 2020, the Lawrence Hall of Science closed temporarily to visitors, based on guidance from health officials about how to curb the spread of COVID-19. After careful consideration, we have now determined that The Lawrence will remain closed to the public until at least June 2021. This will ensure that when we do open, we can do so safely with the kind of experiences that we are known for: hands-on, engaging, and high-quality visitor experiences.
Members are a vitally important part of The Lawrence family. We depend on memberships, contributions, and earned revenue to make possible our exhibits and programs, to help us serve schools and the broader community, and to design new approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning such as our new Online Science Discovery Camps. Support from our 4,000 Member families is essential to helping us continue this transformative work during these unprecedented and challenging times.
We miss seeing our frequent visitors and sharing activities with you—in person! We hope you continue to join us online during our physical closure, and please know that we value your visits. So, once we reopen, we will extend benefits for an additional three months (90 days) to anyone who had an active membership at any time during our closure. We can’t wait for you to come back and experience the new Lawrence Hall of Science!
During the closure, even though you can’t visit, we are offering many Member benefits that you and your family can enjoy. Here are the current benefits:
- Discounts on online classes and camps (for Family level membership and above)
- 10% Discount at the Discovery Corner Online Store
- Monthly Members' Only newsletter with activities and links to fun, engaging content
- Exclusive invitation to the Monthly Director's Forum: A conversation and behind the scenes look at The Lawrence with the Director and other staff
- Members' first look at our new Animal Ambassador online programs
- Advance notice of special community events and pop-ups where you can engage (in-person—and safely) with activities from The Lawrence
We offer a variety of levels to serve individuals, families, and those with caregivers and frequent guests. Read about the benefits at the Basic Membership Levels.
As part of the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ (ASTC) Passport Program, members receive free or reduced reciprocal admission at museums around the world. Members at the Family Premium level and above also receive reciprocal benefits with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Program. Note: Due to local responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, many museums are altering their operations or are fully closed to the public. Before you go, please check the museum's website for information on hours, virtual programs, and more.
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Call 510-642-1838 or email the Hall's Membership Department.
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Memberships are valid for one year from date of purchase and are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Member discounts on family programs are not retroactive, discounts apply for people whose membership is current at the time of the program purchase. Prices and benefits are subject to change at any time. Reciprocal admission benefits vary by institution and are also subject to change. Please check with the institution you wish to visit for current reciprocal benefits for your level of Hall membership.
We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported, in part, by your membership donation. Memberships are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.