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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.




Explorers ($1,000 – $2,499)

All Member benefits, plus:

  • Complimentary admission for two primary cardholders, two adult guests per card, and your children or grandchildren (age 17 and younger) for one year
  • Express entry to the museum, Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, and Earthquake Shake House
  • Complimentary admission to NightLife every Thursday evening for two primary cardholders, plus two adult guests (21+ with ID) per card
  • Invitations to year-round special events exclusive to Friends of the Academy
  • Four General 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


Curators ($2,500 – $4,999)

All Explorers benefits, plus:

  • Access to the private Donor Lounge
  • Two Friends Behind-the-Scenes 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 General Admission passes to share (6 total)
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace
  • Four hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage

Value of goods and services: $255


Scientists ($5,000 – $9,999)

All Curators benefits, plus:

  • Two NightLife VIP Tour passes
  • Two additional General Admission passes to share (8 total)
  • An Academy membership to gift to the recipient of your choice
  • Invitation to a special event hosted by Executive Director Dr. Jon Foley
  • An invitation to the Friends Family Picnic in the Park
  • Two additional hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage (6 hours total)

Value of goods and services: $652


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