The Museum of Science never exchanges or sells member email addresses. From time to time we collaborate with other not-for-profit organizations to offer special promotions and interesting opportunities to our members. In such cases, we may exchange member names and postal addresses. If you do not want your name or mailing address shared with other organizations, please notify us at 617-589-0180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you decide to purchase a membership after visiting the Museum, you may apply the cost of your Exhibit Halls tickets to a new membership if it is purchased on-site on the same day as your visit. The maximum number of tickets you may apply is limited to the number of admissions the new membership allows (e.g., if you purchase a Premier 2 membership you may turn in up to two tickets). Actual ticket stubs must be presented at time of purchase.
Omni and Planetarium ticket costs may not be applied to memberships. This opportunity is only available on-site the day of your visit; not by phone or online.
You can name up to two adults who reside in your household on a membership. Adults living at separate addresses cannot be named on a single membership.
Yes, no matter how you purchase your membership you will have immediate access to your benefits. Pick up your temporary membership card while at the Museum.
When purchasing online, you can choose to have the benefits packet containing the member passes mailed to you (which takes 3 – 4 weeks) or held for pick up. At the end of the transaction, you will receive a temporary membership number that you can use to purchase tickets online.
Bring your transaction number (located on your email receipt) to the purple Member line at the box office to pick up your temporary card and passes. If you plan to use passes for Omni or Planetarium shows, you can make a reservation over the phone or trade in your passes onsite for timed tickets. You must bring the passes with you, and unfortunately, you cannot use passes to reserve tickets online.
To purchase your membership at the Museum and use your passes, go to the purple Member line at the box office in the Museum lobby.
If you have called to purchase a membership and make ticket reservations using your passes, the phone representative will give you a transaction number. Bring this number to the purple Member line at the box office to pick up your temporary membership card and your reserved tickets. At that time, any passes you used to make your reservations for Omni or Planetarium shows will be swapped out for tickets.
Memberships are good for one full year from the time of purchase. Our memberships expire at the end of the month of purchase the following year. If you are renewing, your new membership year will begin when your current membership expires, so there's never a penalty for renewing early.
Membership gives you free, unlimited access to our Exhibit Halls and the Discovery Center every day we are open. Free, unlimited admission benefits do not extend to the Mugar Omni Theater, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Butterfly Garden, 4-D Theater, or temporary exhibits requiring an additional ticket.
Show your membership card at the entrance gate to gain entry to the Exhibit Halls. You do not need to go to the box office unless you want to purchase additional tickets.
Your permanent membership cards will arrive in the mail 3 – 4 weeks after you purchase your membership. If you purchase or pick up your membership at the Museum, you will receive a temporary card to use until your permanent cards arrive. If you find yourself at the Museum without your card, visit the purple Member line at the box office to pick up a temporary card.
No, your membership card is not transferable. However, we provide Exhibit Halls guest passes which can be given to friends to use in your absence.
No. Your membership will admit only up to the number of admissions permitted with your membership type each day. Two cards have been provided for your convenience.
If there is only one name on the account, only one card will be issued.
If you're visiting the Museum, bring a picture ID to the purple Member line at the box office and we will give you a one-day temporary card. Permanent replacement cards cost $5, and may be ordered at the box office or over the phone by calling the membership department at 617-589-0180.
Membership cards reported lost or stolen are deactivated. Call 617-589-0180 to report your missing cards and we will make arrangements for replacement.
The difference between the two levels of membership is the number of free, one-time use passes and the parking benefit:
All members receive discounted tickets to Omni, Planetarium, Butterfly Garden, and 4-D Theater ($5 per ticket). Members also receive a 10% discount in the store and café.
Each of these refers to the number of people allowed in the Exhibit Halls each day you visit. A Basic 5 or Premier 5 admits up to five people to the Exhibit Halls, including the card holder.
Members may upgrade from Basic to Premier and/or any increase in admissions at any time. If your membership expires within four months, consider renewing early and receive your new benefits for the duration of your current membership in addition to the new membership year. Upgrades are not prorated. Downgrading to a lower number of admissions, or from a Premier to Basic level, is not permissible during your membership year.
Each year that you are a member, you receive Omni, Planetarium, and Exhibit Halls guest passes in your benefits packet. Each pass may be redeemed for one free ticket to the specified venue. Exhibit Halls passes can also be used to admit visitors above the number of admissions your membership allows. All passes can be given to friends to use in your absence. If you lose your passes, they cannot be replaced.
Passes can be redeemed in person or used when members make reservations by phone. They cannot be used online or at a kiosk. To pick up tickets after reserving by phone, be sure to bring both the passes and the confirmation number.
If your membership is active, we will currently accept expired paper bonus passes. Non-members may not use expired passes.
Unfortunately, because of their cash value, we cannot replace lost passes.
Teachers joining or renewing their participation in the Museum’s Teacher Partner Program may request a coupon for $10 off a new membership. The coupon is provided by the Educator Resource Center. Teachers must pick up the coupon at the Museum and it is only good for purchases at the Box Office. Get details about the Teacher Partner Program online or phone the Educator Resource Center at 617-589-0170 to learn more.
There is no membership discount for active military personnel but they do get free admission to the Exhibit Halls for themselves only.
When you enroll, we automatically renew your membership annually at a 10% discount using the same credit card you used to purchase your membership. We will send you a reminder each year, six weeks before we charge your credit card, to allow you to make any desired changes to your membership, including canceling your participation.
Members can sign up for the One-Step Program up to four months before their expiration date. In addition to saving 10% on your membership each year you renew, this is a great way to save time.
A portion of your membership may be tax deductible based on the amount paid less the value of benefits provided in return. As of July 2015, the fair market value of member benefits is:
Please note that prices and market values are subject to change. We recommend you consult a tax advisor with questions.
Go to the Information Desk in the main lobby, and our staff will assist you.
Please call Science Central at 617-723-2500.
Yes. Wheelchairs and scooters may be obtained free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis from the Information Desk. The Museum offers a wide range of services promoting access for many diverse audiences.
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