A young boy and an African penguin make eye contact in Tusher African Hall

Academy membership has plentiful perks—and is always the best value. Learn more about why membership is a smart investment in serious fun.

Academy members get more

The support of our membership community helps the Academy thrive. The benefits below are our way of saying thanks.

Make a transformative impact on the Academy with a gift of $1,500 or more: Join a Donor Circle today.

  • Unlimited Daytime Admission
    Enjoy free admission year-round* and enjoy access to everything under (and atop) our Living Roof—no advance reservations required.
  • Weekly Member Hours
    Members have the Academy to themselves every Sunday (10-11 am) and Tuesday (8:30-9:30 am). 
  • Invitations to exclusive events and programs
    From exclusive livestreams to exhibit previews, member talks, and programs, membership is so much more than free admission.



  • Flexible payment options
    With a small deposit and monthly payments starting at just $6, our Annual Membership Subscription plan makes purchasing an Academy membership flexible and easy.
  • Tax deductibility
    All memberships under $350 are fully tax-deductible. $732.50 of Associate-level memberships is tax-deductible.

Additional caregiver card

Family Plus, Associate, and Friends-level members have the opportunity to purchase additional caregiver cards for $50 per named caregiver. This is a great option for families with multiple caregivers. For more details, see the "Caregiver Card" section in the Membership FAQ.


*Please note: Community Value membership includes 220+ days of Academy admission every year. Learn more