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Become a Friend of the Academy today with a gift of $1,000-$9,999 and enjoy exciting benefits and unparalleled access to Academy science.

Friendship is golden

The value of friendship is priceless—and the impact of Friends on the Academy is profound.

Friends make it possible for the Academy to shine as a science leader, advancing research initiatives that help us understand Earth's biodiversity and environmental education programs that train future leaders around the world to protect it.

We invite you to become a Friend today to join an inspiring, engaged community of science-lovers who are leaving a lasting mark on the future of the Academy.

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Friends of the Academy benefits

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Friends of the Academy enjoy the following benefits:

  • Complimentary Daytime Admission for two primary cardholders, two adult guests per cardholder, and accompanying children 17 and under
  • Complimentary NightLife Admission for cardholders and two adult guests (21+ with ID) per card
  • Invitations to special events exclusive to Friends of the Academy
  • Complimentary caregiver card (see “Caregiver Card” section of Membership FAQs for details)
  • Opportunity to purchase additional caregiver cards for $50
  • Recognition in our community of supporters

Explore additional benefits for Explorer, Curator, and Scientist levels below.

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Explorer ($1,000 and above)

All above benefits, plus:

  • Four Daytime Admission passes to share
  • Four NightLife passes to share
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  • Express entry into the museum, Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, and earthquake simulator (view map)
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: 415-379-5405
  • Member Hours every Tuesday morning (8:30-9:30 am) and Sunday morning (10-11 am)
  • Members-only planetarium shows, animal feedings, and hands-on programs
  • Up to 20% off lectures, tours, sleepovers, NightLife, and more
  • 10% off shopping, dining, and birthday party rentals
  • A subscription to Donor eNews
  • A subscription to bioGraphic, the Academy's online magazine about science and sustainability

Value of goods and services: $87

Become an Explorer

Curator ($2,500 and above)

All Explorer benefits, plus:

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  • Opportunity to explore the specimen collection with Academy scientists
  • Complimentary admission to all Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
  • Invitation to an Academy lecture and reception for Friends
  • Two additional Daytime Admission passes to share (six total)
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace Restaurant
  • Four hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: 415-379-5405
  • Member Hours every Tuesday morning (8:30-9:30 am) and Sunday morning (10-11 am)
  • Members-only planetarium shows, animal feedings, and hands-on programs
  • Up to 20% off lectures, tours, sleepovers, NightLife, and more
  • 10% off shopping, dining, and birthday party rentals
  • A subscription to Donor eNews
  • A subscription to bioGraphic, the Academy's online magazine about science and sustainability

Value of goods and services: $255

Become a Curator

Scientist ($5,000 and above)

All Curator benefits, plus:

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  • An invitation to an exclusive Platinum Circle major donor event
  • Two additional hours of complimentary parking in the Music Concourse Garage (six hours total)
  • Opportunity to explore the specimen collection with Academy scientists
  • Complimentary admission to all Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
  • Invitation to an Academy lecture and reception for Friends
  • Two additional Daytime Admission passes to share (eight total)
  • A complimentary glass of sparkling wine when dining at The Terrace Restaurant
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Dedicated concierge telephone line: 415-379-5405
  • Member Hours every Tuesday morning (8:30-9:30 am) and Sunday morning (10-11 am)
  • Members-only planetarium shows, animal feedings, and hands-on programs
  • Up to 20% off lectures, tours, sleepovers, NightLife, and more
  • 10% off shopping, dining, and birthday party rentals
  • A subscription to Donor eNews
  • A subscription to bioGraphic, the Academy's online magazine about science and sustainability

Value of goods and services: $652

Become a Scientist

To give at the $10,000 level and above, please visit the Platinum Circle page.

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