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The Discoverers

Photo Courtesy of Maria Kussmaul

The Discoverers Society is comprised of an elite group of philanthropists who help the Museum improve everyone's understanding of how science and technology shape our world. As Discoverers, you and I help sustain science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at the Museum, impacting more than 1.5 million people each year.

Maria Kussmaul

Chair, Discoverers Committee

All Discoverers Receive the Following Benefits

  • Membership cards admitting up to eight people to the Exhibit Halls
  • Four member passes to each of the following: Omni films, Planetarium shows, and the Exhibit Halls *
  • Discounted purchases on tickets to the Butterfly Garden
  • Two hours of free parking every visit and a 10% discount on additional hours
  • Discounts on purchases in the Museum café and store
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Waived service charge on advance ticket purchases
  • Subscriptions to Sparks member newsletter, Member E-News, and Discoverers E-News
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 400 science centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums worldwide

  • Advance notification and registration for members-only Museum overnights and the annual Halloween event
  • Invitation to a donor/member appreciation event
  • Advance notification and ticket purchase for the Let's Celebrate July 4th! rooftop event, sponsored by the Volunteer Service League
  • Recognition in the Museum's annual donor report
  • Complimentary copies of the Museum of Science magazine
  • An opportunity to join The Innovators, our network of philanthropic young professionals (up to age 45)
  • Invitations to three exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tours
  • Invitations to three Insiders Gatherings – opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge about aspects of the Museum
  • Invitations to three unique Showcases – highlighting exciting topics from new exhibits and programs before they open to members of the public
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets for the annual Washburn Award dinner and Signature Event

* Due to the tax implications of benefits that are offered in connection with donations made through donor-advised funds, family trusts, or other types of foundations, please contact your tax adviser or financial consultant if you are unsure whether or not to accept the full range of Discoverer Level benefits. Thank you for supporting the Museum of Science.

Additional Discoverer Benefits

Bronze Level ($2,500 – $4,999)

All benefits above, plus:

  • Recognition on the Discoverers Society wall plaque
  • Participation in CAP (Community Access Program)
  • Invitations to a series of private receptions

Value of benefits: $140

Silver Level ($5,000 – $9,999)

All benefits above, plus exclusive concierge service

Value of benefits: $140

Gold Level ($10,000 – $24,999)

All benefits above, plus an invitation to the annual Colby Society event

Value of benefits: $140

Platinum Level ($25,000+)

All benefits above, plus:

  • Complimentary parking for one vehicle every visit
  • Day at the Museum — a full day of shows and activities customized for you and your guests

Value of benefits: $140

I'm a Discoverer because…

Photo Courtesy of Helen Greiner

Engaging children in science and technology is key to solving the problems of the future. Who is going to create potable water, reverse climate change, invent better fuel technology? The Museum of Science engages children in the process of discovery and innovation and teaches them to become the problem solvers of the future. As a Discoverer, I share a common interest with many others who want to promote science and technology to the next generation.

Helen Greiner

CEO of CyPhy Works, Inc.

Discoverer since 2006