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What does it mean to be a Member of the Museum?

It’s never been a better time to join the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History! As a Museum Member, you participate in a wide range of benefits, while supporting your local community museum. You can also make a one-time donation to the Museum any time.

Though our doors remain closed during the current public health emergency, Museum Members can still use their membership to receive a discount in the Online Museum Store, and to get exclusive access to virtual programming, like our monthly behind-the-scenes webinars with Collections Manager, Kathleen Aston.

Annual Membership Levels and Benefits |  Join or Renew!

All Museum Members receive free year-round admission to the Museum for one adult, discounts on Museum programs, invitations to Members-only events, subscription to our e-newsletter, and a 10% discount on purchases at the Museum Store.

    • Friend Membership | $100 In addition to the Family Member benefits, participation in the ASTC Passport Program, granting free reciprocal admission to participating science centers & museums nationwide. (For a list of participating museums and exclusions, visit the ASTC Passport Program.) Friend Members also receive an invitation to our exclusive Annual Patrons’ Reception in the spring.
    • Family Membership | $50 In addition to the Individual Member benefits, free admission to the Museum for two adults, two single-use guest passes, and discounts on Spring and Summer Camps.
    • Individual Membership | $35 In addition to the standard benefits, one single-use guest pass.
    • Student/Senior | $15 Standard benefits.

Join the Club! Club Members receive enhanced recognition and special access to the Museum.

    • Pat & Kirk Smith Club | $250 In addition to the Friend Member benefits, an invitation to additional VIP Club events throughout the year, and recognition in our Annual Report (if desired)
    • Humphrey Pilkington Club | $500 In addition to the Pat & Kirk Smith Club Member benefits, a 20% discount on purchases at the Museum Store during promotional events, such as our Holiday Sale in early December.
    • Laura Hecox Club | $1,000 In addition to the Humphrey Pilkington Club Member benefits, a private guided tour of the Museum for you and up to 4 guests.
    • Lightkeeper Society (with confirmation of a planned gift) Laura Hecox Club level benefits.

Group of children at the tidepoolMembers’ dues help further our mission to connect people with nature and inspire stewardship of the natural world. Your membership supports:

    • Gathering, preserving and promoting natural history collections
    • Dynamic natural history exhibits throughout the year
    • Offering free or low-cost guided Museum tours and hands-on environmental science education in local green spaces for school groups
    • Educational Kit loan program for schools
    • Providing lectures and workshops for lifelong learners with world-class speakers, researchers, and artists
    • Year-round family events
    • Nature-based spring and summer camps for youth
  • Community partnerships with local nonprofits

Join or renew online!  You may also stop by the Museum to join during regular business hours, or call the Membership Manager at (831) 420-6115 x 14.

Contributions to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. SCMNH tax ID: 94-2427733.