Become a Member

Play matters for kids—it's how they learn about themselves, their abilities, and their world. At the Discovery Museum, we give all children a place to experiment and discover themselves while they play. Our creative environments and activities—both indoors and out—provide the space for kids to explore STEAM concepts, observe the natural world, and stretch their imaginations. With an annual membership your family can visit the Museum again and again.

Visiting first? You can apply the cost of your admission towards the price of a membership! Keep your receipt and contact us within 24 hours of your paid visit. 

Carbon Offset Membership Program

Beginning June 2022, a $1 per year fee (with opt-out) on all new and renewed memberships will fund the purchase of carbon offsets to mitigate the impact of member travel to and from the Museum. Discovery Museum will make an additional purchase annually to offset the impact of staff and volunteer travel. Learn more about the program here, part of our 5-year Sustainability Plan toward carbon neutrality. (You can opt out using the code GREEN when purchasing online, or tell the staff member who is helping you in person or over the phone.) 

Memberships make great gifts!

Give the gift of Discovery—a gift that keeps giving all year.

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General membership benefits: all levels

  • Unlimited visits to Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods
  • 20% discount on birthday parties
  • 10% discount on museum rentals
  • 10% discount in the Discovery Store
  • New! Members-only mornings (monthly) and members-only evenings (one per school vacation week and monthly during the summer)
  • Discounts at participating local businesses through our Member Discount Program

Additional benefits by membership level

You & Me membership: 2 person $111

  • All general membership benefits listed above
  • Unlimited visits for two

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Family membership: 4 person $171

  • All general membership benefits listed above
  • Unlimited visits for up to 4 family members
  • Add additional family members for just $20 each per year
  • Discounted admission to more than 200 Association of Children's Museums institutions, 20+ here in New England 

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Premier membership: 4 person $211

  • All general membership benefits listed above
  • Unlimited visits for up to 4 family members
  • Add additional family members for just $20 each per year
  • Discounted admission to more than 200 Association of Children's Museums institutions, 20+ here in New England 
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 1,000 North American Reciprocal Museums arts and cultural institutions, more than 100+ here in New England
  • Four free, single-use guest passes

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Benefactor membership: 4 person $316

  • All the benefits of a Premier membership, and give a family in need the joy of a Family membership

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Additional Information

  • Memberships can be purchased online, by e-mail, over the phone at 978-264-4200, or in person at our Admissions desk.
  • Grandparent members receive 20% off at the Discovery Store.
  • Membership cards are not transferable. Cards can only be used by the adults listed on the card; up to three adult names can be on your card. One adult named on the card must be present per visit and must show a valid driver's license or other ID unless using a digital membership card.

Have a question or need a change to your membership? You can reach the Membership Office at 978-264-4200 ext. 135, or via email to membership@discoveryacton.org.

Membership FAQs

Library Memberships and Passes

Discovery Museum's Library Membership program makes it possible for libraries to provide discount passes to the Museum for their patrons to borrow. We currently have over 70 libraries that have purchased these special memberships. 

  • Each pass admits three people at half price to the Museum. Children under age one are free.
  • The cost is $600 to purchase a one-year membership.
  • Libraries receive 7 hard copy passes, one for each day of the week (note that the during the school year, the Museum is closed on Mondays except for vacation weeks and some holidays). Alternatively, we offer "printable" passes that can be viewed and displayed on a smartphone or printed by the patron or library. 
  • Replacement cost for lost passes is $10 each
  • Contact our Membership department with questions or for more information.

Purchase a library membership and pay by phone or check