Membership FAQ

Membership: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about Sciencenter membership? Check out our most frequently asked questions and answers below. If you can’t find your answer here, call us at (607) 272-0600 ×118.

Before Membership

Membership is an ideal way for individuals and families to enjoy all the Sciencenter has to offer at great savings, all year long.

A Family membership typically pays for itself in just 3 visits. And with exhibitions & programs that are always changing, you won’t want to miss a thing!

Members receive additional benefits not offered to the public: special discounts on programs, birthday parties, mini-golf and purchases at the Sciencenter Store. Plus, members also receive free admission to more than 350 other science museums worldwide.

Become a member today by using our online membership form or by calling (607) 272-0600 ×118.

You can join by using our online membership form, or by calling (607) 272-0600 ×118, or by signing up during your next visit to the Sciencenter.

You can purchase a gift membership online, or by calling (607) 272-0600 ×118. Gift membership forms are also available at the Sciencenter’s front desk.

Memberships are good for 1 full year from the date of purchase. If you are renewing, your new membership year will be activated when your current membership expires.

2 adults who reside in the same household can be named on a membership. Your membership includes your children living in your household. Adults living at separate addresses cannot be named on a single membership. We do not put children’s names on membership cards for security reasons (in case the card gets lost or stolen).

1 adult cardholder must be present for free member admission to apply for the household, and cardholder must accompany children under age 12 during a visit.

Sciencenter memberships and member benefits are not transferable to other individuals or organizations. Cards may not be passed to friends, relatives or extended family for admission.

1 adult person listed on the membership card must be present when visiting. Sciencenter members are asked to provide a photo ID along with your membership card when you check in at the admission desk.

At the Family Plus, Family Premium, and Sustaining membership levels, 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 the Family level, regular Sciencenter admission must be paid for guests.

The Sciencenter offers the membership level of Family Plus that includes admission for 1 babysitter or nanny to escort your child to the Sciencenter.

At the Family Premium and Sustaining levels of membership, up to 2 caregivers can be admitted.

A “caregiver” is defined as anyone other than the members named on the cards who would escort your child to the Sciencenter.

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. Your caregiver is not eligible to bring any guests outside the household 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

Your membership entitles you and those listed on your membership to receive discounts on programs (including summer camps, birthday parties) and purchases at the Sciencenter Store. Your membership cannot be used to obtain discounts for other relatives, extended family or friends.

Your membership must be current to obtain discounts on programs.

Please check this ASTC Passport Program list of participating science museums before you visit as museums opt in and out of ASTC membership annually.

Learn about reciprocal admission on our Membership page.

During Membership

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.

You can renew your membership by using our online membership form, or by calling (607) 272-0600, or during your next visit to the Sciencenter.

The names listed on a membership may be changed if there has been a change in the family’s circumstances, such as a move, a change in relationship status, a legal name change, or a death. Please notify the Membership Office if requesting a name change by calling (607) 272-0600 ×118 or emailing

To continue to receive all of your membership benefits, keep your contact information up-to-date by notifying our Membership Office at (607) 272-0600 ×118 or email us at

No. 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 1 week in advance of their visit. For more information on group rates, call (607) 272-0600 ×116.

At the Family Plus, Family Premium, or Sustaining levels, a member may bring up to 2 guests with them to member events.

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.


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