Join & Renew

For 12 full months, you get FREE ADMISSION:


For up to 2 people per visit

Explorer 2 | $95

For up to 4 people per visit

Explorer 4 | $135


For up to 6 people per visit

Explorer 6 | $155

For up to 8 people per visit

Explorer 8 | $175


Use your membership for family outings, play dates and entertaining out-of-town guests – your free admission is not limited to family members, only to your membership level.

Enjoy a full year of these great benefits! 

  • Free admission all year long
  • Bring anyone you want! Friends or family, up to the number on your membership
  • Come early – we open at 9am for members every day except Sunday
  • Great discounts on camps, classes, birthday parties and events
  • Even more savings every day with 10% off at Museum stores, coffee bar and cafe
  • Be first in line with advance registration for our most popular offerings like Santa Train and Summer Camp
  • Get behind the scenes with exclusive members-only tours
  • Subscription to the monthly Member eNewsletter

Save when you travel with the ASTC Passport Program

Show your card and enjoy free or reduced admission to more than 280 science centers worldwide (institutions within 90 miles of your home excluded). See the list of participating institutions.

Increase your support and increase your benefits

Learn more about our Supporting Membership levels.


The two cardholders listed on the application will receive membership cards. Cardholders must be adults living in the same household. Only the cardholders are authorized to use the membership card and may not be shared.

If you forget your card, we will accept a photo ID–however, barcode scanning will speed up your check-in and is helpful to everyone, so please be prepared to check in with your card. Also, your card is your passport to discounts in the Museum stores, coffee bar and cafe.

We allow one authorized caretaker to use your membership when bringing your family members. You can add this person at the front desk or by calling the Membership Office at (919) 220-5429 ext. 324. We will need a name, cell phone number and their relationship to your family (e.g. nanny, grandparent, caregiver).

As long as one cardholder is present your group can be anyone you like up to your membership level per day. For example, an Explorer 6 member can bring a total of six people on a visit – cardholder included. Children aged 2 and under are not included in the count.

 

Our members love the flexibility of admission benefits and often choose a level beyond their family size to regularly host play dates, bring friends or entertain out-of-town guests.

No, you can actually lose membership privileges for sharing a membership with another household. Also, we check in the number of people per visit on your membership, not per membership card.

Yes – since an online purchase requires one business day to process, just show your purchase confirmation with a photo ID at the Front Desk to receive temporary cards.

Yes – just click on the Gift Membership tab above. When you come to the membership form, you will be asked for your information first as the donor/gift-giver; the second page is where you provide information about the recipient(s).

 

You will receive a Courtesy Notice prior to the membership expiration date allowing you to renew the gift before a reminder is sent to the recipient. Renew before the membership expires and we will add a month – for free!

Yes – just present a valid receipt for that day’s admission and we’ll apply what you paid towards a membership purchase. With 84-acres of exhibit space indoors and out, we know you’ll want to come back again and again!

 

Here’s how soon you can start saving with membership:


Membership Start Saving Money Saved
Explorer 2 by 4th visit $17 saved rest of year FREE
Explorer 4 by 3rd visit $9 saved rest of year FREE
Explorer 6 by 2nd visit $61 saved rest of year FREE
Explorer 8 by 2nd visit $17 saved rest of year FREE

Please note we can only apply the total number of admissions that correspond to the level of membership being purchased.

Museum members can save hundreds of dollars each year when traveling using their membership card through the ASTC Passport Program. For instance, in Chicago, a family of four can save $80 when they visit a single museum and up to $274 when visiting all 5 Association of Science and Technology institutions. Click to see the current list of how much you will save when on your next trip.

 

Because the ASTC Passport Program is intended as a travel benefit, it is not accepted by museums within 90 miles of your home or home institution.

You may upgrade at any time at the Front Desk or by calling the Membership Office. We do not prorate the difference. Call the Membership Office at (919) 220-5429 x324.

 

If upgrading with 60 days of your expiration date, we will recognize your new benefit level immediate–you will not lose any months and can enjoy additional time at a higher level!

You may renew as early as you like. – you won’t lose any membership months.
Explorer level members who renew before their membership expires earn an extra month–free! Your free month is automatic and will be reflected on the expiration date of your new membership cards. Just renew before midnight on the day your current membership expires. That’s 13 months for the price of 12, just for renewing on time.

Adult cardholders may check in at the Front Desk and rejoin the rest of their group. Children may not check in using a membership card without an adult cardholder present.

You can arrange for a replacement card at our Front Desk or by calling the Membership Office at (919) 220-5429 x324. There is a $5 replacement fee. Replacement cards should arrive within two weeks and you can receive a temporary card at the Front Desk if you visit before then.

If you gave us your email when you signed up for your membership, you are automatically subscribed and will receive news and access to special member benefits and opportunities. Update or add an email by contacting membership@ncmls.org. Please be sure to include your name and address.

 

Just so you never miss an important notice or event confirmation, we recommend adding membership@ncmls.org and events@ncmls.org to your list of approved senders.

 

Want even more information? We have great resources to help you make the best of your visits.

  • General Museum eNewsletter: Up-to-the-minute announcements about events and other happenings at the Museum. Subscribe by clicking the “Get eNews” in the orange bar below. Note: subscribing or unsubscribing to the Museum eNewsletter will not affect your Member eNewsletter subscription.
  • Museum Blogs: Learn about the day-to-day happenings and behind-the-scenes extras with the Animal Keepers, Ranger Greg and more. These daily insights help you get to know your Museum and the people who help make each visit special.
  • Share your own photos and comments on Facebook and Twitter.

Membership dues are fully tax-deductible and qualify for most employer matching gift programs. Your membership dollars provide valuable support to the Museum.

 

You can double your support if your employer has a matching gift program–check with your HR representative for details.

Yes – as a member you can purchase a tour as a gift. Call our Membership Office at (919) 22-5429 x324 to make the arrangements.

The Farmyard and Carolina Wildlife will often be closed during the 9-10am window due to animal care needs. All other areas of the campus will be open unless a specific exhibit area is closed temporarily for maintenance.

 

Note that although we do not admit general visitors before 10am, school groups are allowed if they are being led to a classroom for an early program, or if their buses have arrived early from a long distance.


Give the gift of wonder with a Museum membership

A gift of membership provides a full year of unlimited, free admission to one of the Triangle’s most treasured community resources plus all of our special member benefits.

Giving the gift of membership directly impacts the Museum’s ability to provide award-winning, nationally renowned educational experiences, plus membership dues are fully tax-deductible.

Your gift recipient will receive a beautiful gift packet with your personal note. Their membership year will begin when they present the gift voucher for redemption.

For up to 2 people per visit

Explorer 2 | $95

For up to 4 people per visit

Explorer 4 | $135

For up to 6 people per visit

Explorer 6 | $155

For up to 8 people per visit

Explorer 8 | $175

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