Membership Access Program

Membership Access Program (MAP)

Through the Sciencenter’s Membership Access Program (MAP), regular Sciencenter Explorer 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, or Tioga counties.

Free one-year Sciencenter Explorer-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. If your child is homeschooled or not yet in school, please call (607) 272-0600 ×118 for an application.
  • Family resides in Tompkins County or in one of these bordering counties: Cortland, Cayuga, Seneca, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga

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

If your children are not yet in school or are homeschooled, please contact Lillian at (607) 272-0600 ×118, for an application.

  • Please mail or drop off application materials to the Sciencenter. NOTE: We regret that we can not process membership applications at the museum’s front desk.
  • Membership applications take up to 2 weeks for processing
  • Your membership and free admission are active once you receive your membership cards

Explorer membership includes the 2 adults and their children living in the same household.

Sciencenter members receive these benefits:

  • Free Sciencenter admission for one year for up to 2 adults and their children, all living in the same household
  • Free admission to over 350 ASTC science museums worldwide (Please check this list of participating science museums before you visit.)
  • 10% off purchases at the Sciencenter Store
  • Discounts on birthday parties, Sciencenter Mini-Golf, and summer camp
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Free enrollment for children in the Birthday Club
  • Subscription to Sciencenter Spectrum and monthly eNews

If you have questions, please contact Lillian at (607) 272-0600 ×118.


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