Membership Access Program

Membership Access Program (MAP)

If your family is enrolled in any of the following programs, a MAP membership is for you! These are just examples. MAP memberships are for any family who feels that the cost of a Sciencenter Explorer membership ($85/year) is financially out of their reach.

• School free/reduced price lunch program
• Head Start of Early Head Start
• Food stamps (SNAP), or AFDC or TANF (EBT card)
• Section 8 or HUD Public Housing Program Letter


If your family is enrolled in any of the following programs, a MAP membership is for you! These are just examples. MAP memberships are for any family who feels that the cost of a Sciencenter Explorer membership ($85/year) is financially out of their reach. Family must reside in Tompkins County or in one of these bordering counties: Cortland, Cayuga, Seneca, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga

• School free/reduced price lunch program
• Head Start of Early Head Start
• Food stamps (SNAP), or AFDC or TANF (EBT card)
• Section 8 or HUD Public Housing Program Letter

As of February 1, 2022 we are no longer requiring any additional documents with your MAP application to confirm your eligibility.

Download and print the Membership Access Program Application and follow the instructions on the 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 Inside Look and monthly eNews

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

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