Your donation helps support Academy research and programs, including school field trips for 130,000+ students annually.
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 (see map)
- 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
Gifts large and small help us achieve our mission.
- March 14: Premiere of Expedition Reef planetarium show for Explorer-level ($1,000) donors and above
- April 16: Lecture and Reception for Curator-level ($2,500) donors and above
- June 13: Premiere of Giants of Land and Sea exhibit for Explorer-level ($1,000) donors and above
- June 24: Friends Family Picnic in the Park for Scientist-level ($5,000) donors and above
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