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By joining the Friends of the Academy, you have the opportunity to inspire explorers of all ages, get closer to the scientists and their discoveries, and become a leader in a community of lifelong learners.

The deeper your engagement, the closer you get—and the greater your impact.


As a Friend of the Academy, you’ll receive all member benefits as well as exclusive Friend privileges as described below, starting at the Explorers level.

New! We're excited to unveil a new perk for Friends of the Academy: The opportunity to purchase additional named caregiver cards for $50. This is a great option for families who have multiple caregivers. For more details, see the "Caregiver Card" section in the Membership FAQ. To purchase, please log in, then add item to your cart.


Explorer ($1,000 – $2,499)

All Member benefits, plus:

  • Complimentary admission for two primary cardholders, two adult guests per card, and accompanying children (age 17 and younger) for one year.
  • Express entry to the museum, Osher RainforestMorrison Planetarium, and earthquake simulator (see map)
  • Complimentary admission to NightLife every Thursday evening for two primary cardholders and two adult guests (21+ with ID) per card
  • Optional complimentary caregiver card
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Friends of the Academy
  • Four Daytime Admission passes to share
  • Four NightLife passes to share
  • Complimentary coat check with each visit
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: (415) 379-5405
  • Recognition in our community of supporters 
  • Subscription to the Donor e-News 

Value of goods and services: $87


Curator ($2,500 – $4,999)

All Explorer benefits, plus:

  • Access to the private Donor Lounge
  • Two VIP Tour passes
  • Opportunity to explore the specimen collection with Academy scientists
  • Complimentary admission to the Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lecture series
  • Invitation to an Academy lecture and reception for Friends
  • Two additional Daytime Admission passes to share (6 total)
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace Restaurant
  • Four hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage 

Value of goods and services: $255


Scientist ($5,000 – $9,999)

All Curator benefits, plus:

Value of goods and services: $652


Support Our Work

Your gift helps support Academy research and programs, including school field trips for 130,000+ students annually.

Make a Donation

Make a tax-deductible, one-time donation in any amount today.

Donor Concierge
We welcome questions and comments from current and prospective donors. 
(415) 379-5405
FY19 Annual Report

Learn about the Academy's contributions to science and sustainability around the world in fiscal year 2019.