Membership: Frequently Asked Questions
Membership is an ideal way for individuals and families to enjoy all the Sciencenter has to offer at great savings, all year long.
Members receive additional benefits not offered to the public: special invitations to Member Nights, exhibition sneak previews, special events, advance registration for summer camp; and special discounts on programs, birthday parties, Galaxy Golf and purchases at Sciencenter Take-Out, the Museum Store. Plus, members also receive free admission to more than 325 other science museums worldwide.
Become a member today by using our online membership form or by calling 607.272.0600.
You can join at the Sciencenter front desk during your next visit, or by calling 607.272.0600, or by using our online membership form.
You can renew at the Sciencenter front desk during your next visit, or by calling 607.272.0600, or by using our online membership form.
Gift membership forms are available at the Sciencenter's front desk. You can also purchase a gift membership online or call us at 607.272.0600 to give the gift of Sciencenter membership.
Gifts to the Sciencenter Annual Fund can be made in person when you purchase or renew your membership at the Sciencenter's Front Desk. Gifts can also be made when you purchase or renew your membership online, or by using your membership renewal form that is mailed to you.
Memberships are active immediately upon purchase. If you sign up at the Sciencenter, you will receive temporary membership cards for use until your permanent cards are mailed to you. Online membership purchases are also activated immediately. Simply print out your online receipt and bring it with you when you visit.
Our membership database is updated weekly. The computers at the admission desk are a mirror site of our main database. During busy times of the year it may take longer for your name to be entered into the database and be reflected at the front desk. As long as you have either a current temporary membership card or a current, permanent membership card, you will be admitted as a Sciencenter member.
We strive to mail out all permanent membership cards within 10 business days, but sometimes due to high volume it can take up to 3-4 weeks. If you haven't received your cards within this time period, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Membership Office at 607.272.0600, ext. 18.
Memberships are good for one full year from the date of purchase. If you are renewing, please be assured that your new membership year will be activated when your current membership expires. There is never a penalty for renewing early.
"Family" is defined as 2 adults and their children residing in the same household. One adult cardholder must be present for free member admission to apply and must accompany children under age 12 during a visit.
Reciprocal admission to the Sciencenter includes free admission for the 2 adults listed on the membership card and their children living in the same household. For Grandparent level memberships, reciprocal admission includes free admission for the 2 grandparents listed on the membership and up to 2 of their grandchildren.
Sciencenter memberships and member benefits are not transferable to other individuals or organizations. One adult person listed on the membership card must be present when visiting. Family Plus and Cosmos memberships allow you to bring 2 guests with you each time you visit. (Please note that this benefit may not apply at other museums.) Since at least one adult cardholder must be present when visiting, cards may not be passed to friends or extended family for admission. Sciencenter members are asked to provide a photo ID along with your membership card when you check in at the admission desk.
When visiting the Sciencenter, please have your Sciencenter membership card and photo ID ready to show the admissions desk.
The Sciencenter admission and photo ID 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.
Can my Grandparent membership card be given to my children to visit with their children, without me being present?
No. Grandparent memberships require that the grandparent listed on the card be present when visiting. Grandparents are allowed to bring their grandchildren AND their grandchildren's parents when they visit.
If you are a grandparent looking for a membership level that would allow your child and their children to visit with or without you, we suggest that you purchase your grandchildren's parents a gift membership at the Family Plus level.
At the Family Plus or Cosmos level, a member can bring up to 2 guests with them when they visit. (Please note that this benefit may not apply at other museums.)
At other member levels, you need to pay regular admission for guests.
Your Sciencenter membership card grants you free general admission to more than 325 museums that participate in the Travel Passport Program sponsored by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). Special exhibits, planetariums, or theaters may not be included - admission prices for these special offerings are decided by the individual museums. Some geographic restrictions may apply.
Members of the Sciencenter's Cosmos level enjoy 50% off admission for up to 6 people to 200 Association of Children's Museums (ACM) member children's museums beyond the 325+ science museums included in all Sciencenter memberships.
To find a museum near your travel destination, download the ASTC Passport Program list, visit the ACM website or call our Membership Office at 607.272.0600, ext. 18. Please call ahead to your destination museum to confirm your benefits.
Please note that museums located within 90 miles of each other are excluded from the ASTC Passport reciprocal admission program. However, we have made special reciprocal arrangements with the following nearby museums:
- The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier - Binghamton, NY
- Kopernik Observatory & Science Center – Vestal, NY
- MOST - Syracuse, NY
- Roberson Museum and Science Center - Binghamton, NY
- Rochester Museum & Science Center - Rochester, NY
- Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York - Watertown, NY
- The Science Discovery Center of Oneonta - Oneonta, NY
Some Sciencenter membership privileges may not apply at other museums - please call ahead before visiting.
No. Individual memberships are non-transferable and may not be used to offset the cost of field trips or group visits. The Sciencenter offers discounted group rates for school classes and groups that make arrangements to visit the museum at least one week in advance of their visit. For more information on group rates, call 607.272.0600 ext 16.
You can name up to two adults who reside in the same household on a membership. We do not put children's names on membership cards for security reasons (in case the card gets lost or stolen). Adults living at separate addresses cannot be named on a single membership.
The Sciencenter offers Family and Family Plus membership levels that include admission for your child's babysitter or nanny to escort your child to the Sciencenter.
Caregiver Privileges are included as a benefit at the Cosmos level only.
To use the Caregiver Privilege:
- The caregiver must present the family's Membership card at the time of admission
- You must have a current Sciencenter membership
- The caregiver must be at least 16 years old
- The Caregiver Privilege does not entitle your caregiver to your member discounts on programs or store purchases. If you are at the Cosmos or Family Plus level, your caregiver cannot bring two guests when visiting.
- The Caregiver Privilege is valid up to 12 months and is valid for the duration of your membership
- The Caregiver Privilege benefit does not apply to other museums
To add the Caregiver Privilege to your membership, please call our Membership Office at 272-0600, ext. 18.
The names listed on a membership may be changed if there has been a change in the family's circumstances, such as a death, a move, a change in relationship status, or a legal name change. Please notify the Membership Office if requesting a name change (call 607.272.0600, ext. 18 or email email@example.com). You will be required to turn in your membership cards before new cards can be issued.
If you have recently changed your address, please contact the Membership Office at 607.272.0600, ext. 18 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your new address and we will be happy to update your record.
Sciencenter memberships are annual, and are not available for less than a year. Memberships also cannot be deferred or "paused" if you leave the area for a period of time. If you are moving or leaving the area temporarily, your Sciencenter membership moves with you, allowing you to visit more than 325 science museums worldwide.
The best way to stay completely up-to-date is to receive our monthly eNews by providing us with your email address. If we do not have your email address, you may be missing some great opportunities for family fun! Contact the Membership Office at 607.272.0600, ext. 18 or email us at email@example.com with your email address today!
The Sciencenter Website also contains a calendar of programs and events.
Your membership entitles you and those listed on your membership to receive discounts on programs (including summer camps, birthday parties) and purchases at Sciencenter Take-Out, the Museum Store. Your membership cannot be used to obtain discounts for other relatives (cousins, nieces, nephews) or friends. Grandparents with Grandparent memberships may use their membership discount for their grandchildren's participation in a program, providing they are purchasing the program.
Your membership must be current to obtain discounts on programs.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Membership Office at 607.272.0600, ext. 18 and let us know that you need new cards. We will send a new set to you within approximately 1-2 weeks. There is no fee for replacement cards.
Generally, member events are for members only. If an event notice or invitation specifically mentions that guests are permitted, members are welcome to bring them along.
Memberships are revocable licenses. The Sciencenter reserves the right to refuse or revoke membership and/or deny admission without refund for non-compliance with applicable rules and terms or for inappropriate conduct. Purchase of an annual membership does not entitle purchaser to renewal in a subsequent year. Membership levels, benefits, and prices are subject to change.