Membership

Be a part of our community

Ever wonder why now is the best time to become a Member?

Discovery Place Members are a part of something bigger. They provide vital support that creates exceptional educational experiences for local students, subsidizes free educational programs for our community and cares for the over 300 animal species which live at Discovery Place Science and Discovery Place Nature. Join us as we work to provide STEM learning for our whole community and chart a new course forward for our region.

Membership has its benefits

Enjoy scientifically-proven fun all year long while supporting one of Charlotte's most beloved non-profit educational institutions

  • Membership during COVID-19

    Discovery Place Members enjoy exclusive Members-only access, innovative programs and scientifically-proven fun, all at the highest health and safety standards.

  • Free Admission

    Unlimited admission to the Museum(s) you choose for two adults and all of your children age 18 and younger (Individual Memberships provide admission for just one adult only, no children. Educator Memberships include up to four children only.)

  • Discounts

    • Discounted Birthday Parties and Summer Camps (Family Memberships only)
    • Discounts in Museum stores and cafe (where applicable)
    • Discounted admission for guests (25% off general admission tickets)
    • Discounted parking at Discovery Place Science and free parking at Discovery Place Nature and Discovery Place Kids
    Discounts apply only at the Museums listed on your Membership
  • Exclusive Access and Events

    • Invitations to Member-only events
    • Exclusive pre-sale access to Summer Camps and special programs
  • Access to Science Museums around the Country

    • Join all four Museums and receive free or discounted admission to more than 360 participating ASTC science centers nationwide. Visit astc.org/passport for a full list of participating centers.
  • Add a Guest Pass

    Bring an additional visitor with you on each visit. Up to two Guest Passes may be purchased with each Family Membership. *Guest Passes are not available for Individual or Educator Memberships.

  • Helix Society

    The Helix Society provides access to everything Discovery Place has to offer: two guest passes, admission to all of our Museums, invitations to private events, all for $300. At the same time, a Helix Society membership is a tax-deductible donation that supports Discovery Place's efforts to make high-quality STEM education available to all members of our community. Helix members are at the core of making everything Discovery Place does possible!

    Become a Helix member and make an investment in our mission to bring science, nature and design together to create transformative experiences that enable our community to understand, enjoy and apply science to their lives. Click here to join today.

  • Are you an Educator?

    All certified PreK-12 teachers and homeschool educators to children 7 years and older in North or South Carolina qualify for specially-discounted Educator Memberships. Valid for two named adults and up to four children age 18 and younger living in your household. A copy of a valid teaching license or homeschool certificate is required.

    Memberships are non-refundable
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Membership Pricing

  One Museum Two Museums All Museums
Individual* $80 $95 N/A
Family** $150 $180 $200
Educator $120 $150 $180
Helix Society N/A N/A $300
Add a Guest Pass*** $25 each $25 each $50 each

Membership FAQs

  • I heard you extended Memberships due to your closure in 2020, can you tell me what my current expiration date is?

    Once we re-opened in September 2020, all current and active memberships were extended by 7 months to ensure that each member was able to utilize the full 12 months of membership that they purchased. To verify what your current expiration date is, simply add 7 months to the expiration date on your membership card or call our membership line at 704.372.6261 x354.

  • What if I haven’t used my membership since the re-opening in September 2020? Now that I’m ready to return to the museum, my membership is about to expire, can I have another extension?

    Please reach out to our membership line and a representative will walk you through the options we can offer in this type of situation. You can reach us 7 days a week 9:30-4:30 at 704.372.6261 x354.

  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule my reservation to visit the Museum?

    If you need assistance with your reservation, including rescheduling or cancelling, please call the Membership department at 704.372.6261 x354 between 9:30am – 4:30pm for assistance.

  • What if I do not plan to utilize my Membership following reopening after COVID-19?

    We value your commitment to being a Member with us and recognize that not all our Members will be able to return to the Museums as soon as they reopen. Our team is working hard to ensure that Members who do not wish to return to the Museums will still be able to find value in their Membership.

  • I purchased or renewed my Membership during the COVID-19 closure, but why have I not received my Membership cards?

    We appreciate your investment in Membership with us and thank you for your continued support during COVID-19, which makes such a difference, especially for our animal friends. Due to the high volume of expiration amendments that will need to be made following our reopening, we are not issuing new Membership cards until we have an opening date. As soon as we are sure of what each person’s appropriate expiration date will be, new and renewing Members will be issued Membership cards.

    If you need your Membership cards in order to utilize reciprocal benefits, please contact the Membership department directly for help at members@discoveryplace.org or 704.372.6261 x354

  • How do I register or log into my Membership profile?

    To create a Member profile, Click here. As you register, please use the same email address that was given on your Membership application to properly register the Member profile.

    If you are having trouble logging in or your Member benefits are incorrect after logging in, there a few reasons why this could be happening. First, make sure your username is the email that you used on your membership application. Also, make sure your membership is valid at the location you are trying to make a reservation for, in other words, if you had a Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville membership and were trying to attend Discovery Place Science, you will get the message that you don’t have a valid membership. Lastly, you could have a duplicate membership. Please contact the Membership department at members@discoveryplace.org or 704.372.6261 x354 for further assistance.

  • What benefits come with my Membership?

    Benefits vary based on Membership level. See the chart of benefits and levels for details.

  • Is my Membership tax-deductible?

    Yes, a portion of each Membership is tax-deductible. Please save your receipt as proof of donation.

  • What Member events occur throughout the year?

    Members will receive invitations to Member-only events at the Museums to which they belong such as Mess Fest, Star Party, and exhibition openings. Members of All Museums, Helix Society or Prism Society are invited to all of our private Member events throughout the year at each Museum, in addition to special programs for their group.

    Our team is working hard to reimagine Member-only events in light of COVID-19, with all necessary precautions. Click here to view our upcoming events

  • If I visit the Museum and then decide to become a Member, can the cost of my single ticket purchase be applied to the Membership?

    Yes! You have up to 30 days to apply your Museum admission toward a Membership purchase. Simply retain your original ticket receipt as proof of purchase and submit with your Membership application at the Ticket Help Desk. The Membership Desk at Discovery Place Science can also assist Members of any of our Museums. You may also call the Membership Department and provide your ticket order number.

  • Where do I find a list of reciprocal ASTC museums?

    Click here to view a list of participating museums and available discounts. All Museum, Helix Society and Prism Society Memberships only are eligible for the ASTC passport program.

    Please note: Discovery Place Kids is not part of the ACM reciprocal network program.

    Participating science centers and museums and/or a Member's primary residence located within 90 miles (as the crow flies) of Discovery Place are excluded from the Passport Program. Catawba Science Center, Natural Science Center of Greensboro, North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation, Roper Mountain Science Center, Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, SciWorks and Spartanburg Science Center are among the participating science centers and museums within a 90-mile radius that are excluded from the Passport Program. Passport Program Members must show a valid ID at Admissions.

  • What Museums are in the Discovery Place network?

    Discovery Place Science in uptown Charlotte

    Discovery Place Nature in Charlotte near Freedom Park

    Discovery Place Kids in Huntersville, NC

    Discovery Place Kids in Rockingham, NC

  • I just purchased a membership; can I attend before I receive my membership cards in the mail?

    Yes, your Membership becomes valid as soon as you purchase it. . At this time, we are requiring all members to reserve entry times before they attend the museum and Membership cards are not required to do so.

  • Can I make changes to my Membership? Is it transferable?

    You may upgrade your Membership at any time to add guests or sites. Simply contact the Membership department at members@discoveryplace.org or 704.372.6261 x354, or visit Admissions during your next visit. Memberships are not transferable.

  • When does my Membership expire?

    Please contact the Membership department at members@discoveryplace.org or 704.372.6261 x354 for more information.