Membership

Discover the benefits

Ever wonder how to make every visit count?

Discovery Place Members are invited to explore our inspiring and innovative Museums while receiving special access to exhibitions, programs and educators. When you become a Member, your investment provides vital support that helps create exceptional experiences, subsidize our educational programs and sustain our vast collection of living species.

Membership has its benefits

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

  • Free Admission

    Unlimited admission to the Museum(s) you choose for two adults and all children age 18 and younger living in your household (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
    • Discounted parking at Discovery Place Science and free parking at Discovery Place Nature and Discovery Place Kids
  • Exclusive Access and Events

    • Invitations to Member-only events
    • Special Member hours
  • Access to Science Museums around the Country

    • Join all four Museums and receive free or discounted admission to more than 250 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.

  • Are you an Educator?

    All certified K-12 teachers and homeschool educators 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.

Events

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Support

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Volunteer

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Annual Fund

Membership Pricing

  One Museum Two Museums All Museums
Individual* $60 $75 N/A
Family $130 $160 $200
Educator $110 $140 $180
Add a Guest Pass** $25 each $25 each $50 each

Membership FAQs

  • 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 exclusive events at the Museums to which they belong. Members of All Museums, Helix Society or Prism Society are invited to all of our private Member events throughout the year. 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! Your Membership must be purchased within the same calendar month as your visit. Simply retain your original ticket receipt as proof of purchase and submit with your Membership application, or call our Membership department at 704.372.6261 x354.

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

    Click here to view a list of participating museums and available discounts. All Museums, 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 my Membership online or over the phone. Can I still visit the Museum until my Membership cards arrive?

    Yes, your Membership becomes valid as soon as you purchase it. You may visit the Museums before you receive your permanent cards by simply showing your ID at Admissions.

    If you purchased your Membership online, you will be sent a confirmation email with purchase details. Please print this and present it at Admissions to check in.

  • How do I request additional cards, or get cards mailed if I didn’t receive them?

    Please contact the Membership department at members@discoveryplace.org or 704.372.6261 x354 to request a new set of Membership cards.

    You also may request a replacement card in person during your next Museum visit. Please present a photo ID at Admissions for assistance.

  • 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?

    Your Membership is good for one year from the day of purchase. Your Membership expiration date will be printed on your card.