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Membership Access Program (MAP)

Through the Sciencenter's Membership Access Program (MAP), 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, Cortland, Cayuga, Seneca, Schuyler, Chemung, and Tioga counties.


Free one-year Sciencenter Family-level memberships are available to families that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Children qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch at school.* A photocopy of the school's free/reduced price lunch confirmation letter must be provided with the MAP application.

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

How to Apply

Download and print the Membership Access Program Application. Follow the instructions on the application.

*If your children are not yet in school, or are home-schooled, please contact us for an application.

How It Works

  • 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.

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

  • You must show your Sciencenter membership card and photo ID upon arrival to receive free admission.

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

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

Family Membership 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 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

Contact Us

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