The Explorers

Photo © Ashley Daubenmire

As one of our Explorers, you will partner with 600 other dedicated philanthropists who have committed themselves to supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. You will play a crucial role in helping the Museum keep our communities — and our country — on the leading edge of science and technology for generations to come.

Michael Thonis Trustee, Museum of Science

All Explorers Receive the Following Benefits

  • Membership cards admitting up to eight people to the Exhibit Halls
  • Four member passes to each of the following: Omni films, Planetarium shows, and the Exhibit Halls *
  • Discounted purchases on tickets to the Butterfly Garden
  • Two hours of free parking every visit and a 10% discount on additional hours
  • Discounts on purchases in the Museum café and store
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Waived service charge on advance ticket purchases
  • Subscriptions to Sparks member newsletter, Member E-News, and Explorers E-News
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 400 science centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums worldwide
  • Advance notification and registration for members-only Museum overnights and the annual Halloween event
  • Invitation to a donor/member appreciation event
* Due to the tax implications of benefits that are offered in connection with donations made through donor-advised funds, family trusts, or other types of foundations, please contact your tax adviser or financial consultant if you are unsure whether or not to accept the full range of Explorer Level benefits. Thank you for supporting the Museum of Science.

Additional Explorer Benefits

Kilimanjaro Level ($300 – $599)

  • Invitations to three exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tours
  • Recognition in the Museum's annual donor report
  • Complimentary copies of the Museum of Science magazine
  • Advance notification and ticket purchase for the Let's Celebrate July 4th! rooftop event, sponsored by the Volunteer Service League
  • An opportunity to join The Innovators, our network of philanthropic young professionals (up to age 45)

Value of benefits: $136

McKinley Level ($600 – $1,199)

All additional benefits above, plus invitations to three Insiders Gatherings — opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge about aspects of the Museum

Value of benefits: $136

Everest Level ($1,200 – $2,499)

All additional benefits above, plus invitations to three unique showcases — highlighting exciting topics from new exhibits and programs before they open to members of the public

Value of benefits: $136