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Membership Access Program

The Sciencenter wants to ensure that all children living in our local community, regardless of financial means, have the ability to visit the museum often and to forge personal connections with science.

Through the Sciencenter's Membership Access Program, regular Sciencenter family memberships are available—free of charge—to families with children who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch at school, and who reside in Tompkins or the bordering counties listed below. Sciencenter membership includes free admission to the Sciencenter for an entire year, plus other great benefits!

The Membership Access Program is made possible by gifts made to the Sciencenter Annual Fund.

To make a gift to the Sciencenter Annual Fund, use our secure online gift form or contact Christine Bissen, Director of Advancement, at 607.272.0600, ext. 19.

Program Guidelines

  1. Free one-year Sciencenter Family memberships are available to any family that meets both of the following eligibility requirements:

    • Children qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch at school and a photocopy of the school's free/reduced price lunch confirmation letter is provided at the time of application for a Sciencenter membership.

    • Family resides in Tompkins County or in one of these bordering counties: Cortland, Cayuga, Seneca, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga.

  2. All application materials must be mailed to the Sciencenter for processing. NOTE: We regret that we can not process membership applications at the museum's front desk.

  3. Membership applications take two weeks for processing. Your membership and free admission are active once you receive your membership cards.

  4. You must show your Sciencenter membership card upon arrival to receive free admission.

  5. Your free Sciencenter family membership is valid for one year.

  6. We will mail you a renewal notice before your membership expires, so that you may renew and enjoy uninterrupted admission and other membership benefits.

  7. All rules of Sciencenter membership apply, including (but not limited to):

    • Sciencenter memberships and other member benefits are not transferable to others and may not be used to offset group admission fees for schools or other organizations.

    • Sciencenter members are asked to provide a photo ID along with your membership card when you check in at the admission desk. This policy reflects those in place at many other museums participating in the ASTC and ACM reciprocal museum admission programs, and it protects your membership from unauthorized use.

    • Family memberships apply to parents and their children residing in the same household.

    • An adult cardholder must accompany children under the age of 12.

Questions about eligibility or program guidelines? Please contact Agata Okulicz-Kozaryn, Advancement Coordinator, at 607.272.0600 ext. 18.

Family Member Benefits

All Sciencenter members receive these benefits:

  • Free Sciencenter admission for one year
  • Free admission to more than 325+ other science museums worldwide
    (Please check this list of participating science museums before you visit.)
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Discounts on programs, mini-golf passes and birthday parties
  • 10% off purchases at Sciencenter Take-Out, the Sciencenter Store
  • Free enrollment for children in the Birthday Club and a free birthday gift
  • Free subscription to quarterly publication, SciencenterSpectrum
  • Free monthly eNews and Events Calendar

How to Apply

  1. Click on the following link to access the Membership Access Program Application.

  2. Print the Membership Access Program Application and complete it.

  3. Include with your application form a photocopy of the letter you received from your child's school confirming his/her participation in the school's free/reduced price lunch program for the 2013-2014 school year.

  4. Mail your completed application (form and accompanying letter) to:

    Agata Okulicz-Kozaryn
    Membership Access Program
    Sciencenter
    601 1st Street
    Ithaca, NY 14850

  5. Please allow two weeks for processing your new membership. Your membership is active as soon as you receive your membership cards and welcome packet.