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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.

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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, and Morrison Planetarium (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:

Value of goods and services: $255


Scientists ($5,000 – $9,999)

All Curators benefits, plus:

Value of goods and services: $652


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Friends Events

Friends of the Academy Events Schedule
  • 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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FY 2017 Annual Report

Fiscal year 2017 was an exciting year—365 days that shaped thousands of perspectives on the nature and future of life of Earth. Explore our Annual Report to learn more.