New Membership Structure in 2022

Bold changes are happening while our doors are closed!

Along with our metamorphosis into the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science comes a new membership structure. The Museum’s name change and the new membership structure go into effect on January 1, 2022. Information is below, or view a PDFThrough the end of 2021, you may renew or purchase a membership under the current pricing and structure. 

A big thank you to all of the members who participated in focus groups and completed the survey on the new membership structure for the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. We took your suggestions to heart and our new structure comes largely from your input. The new structure is designed with you in mind. We asked what you wanted from your membership, and using your suggestions we designed a structure that best meets your needs. You told us you wanted flexibility, discounts and the reciprocal benefit of access to hundreds of other museums nationwide.

Under the new number structure, you may bring whomever you wish whenever you visit the Museum — unlike the old structure, the membership is not limited to your immediate family. Most memberships pay for themselves in just two visits. And the structure will keep the benefits you love — access to hundreds of other museums, discounts at our store, camps and events, and more!

Join, Renew, or Gift a Membership

Membership levels beginning January 2022

* For Two and above may have 2 named cardholders but only one cardholder must be present.
** Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions.
*** ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers): Free or reduced admission to over 350 science museums.
NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum): Free or reduced admission to 900+ museums.
ROAM (Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums): Free or reduced admission to over 400 museums.

Join, Renew, or Gift a Membership

Membership cards and privileges are NOT TRANSFERABLE. Membership cards and I.D. must be presented by a named card holder when visiting the museum. Member children must be accompanied by an adult named card holder.

If you have any questions, please contact Chela Weiler via email or call 302-658-9111, ext. 320.   The Museum’s Federal Tax ID Number: 51-0083535

Membership Policies

  1. Membership is good for 12 months of unlimited, free general admission to DelMNS. It does not include free admission to special events, tours, birthday parties, or educational programs unless noted for that particular event.
  2. Membership cards and privileges are NOT TRANSFERABLE. Membership cards and ID must be presented by a named card holder when visiting the museum. Children must be accompanied by an adult named card holder.
  3. Card holders must be 18 or older. Memberships may not be purchased in a child’s name.
  4. Memberships are not refundable, in whole or in part.
  5. ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) reciprocal program offers free or reduced general admission at participating museums. It does not include special events or programs. You must present your membership card and ID to receive benefits at ASTC museums. Some ASTC museums within a 90-mile radius have restrictions. We recommend you call ahead to the museum you plan to visit to confirm benefits. Some restricted ASTC museums in our area include: The Franklin Institute (DelMNS members do not get free admission), Maryland Science Center (DelMNS members residing in Maryland do not get free admission), North Museum (DelMNS members residing in the Lancaster area do not get free admission).
  6. NARM (North American Reciprocal Museums)reciprocal program offers free or reduced general admission at participating cultural institutions. It does not include special events or programs. You must present your membership card and ID to receive benefits at NARM museums. Some museums have restrictions. We recommend you call ahead to the museum you plan to visit to confirm benefits. Some restricted NARM museums in our area include: Winterthur and Brandywine River Museum. DelMNS members do not get free admission to these museums. Available only at level Six and higher.
  7. ROAM (Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums) offers free or reduced general admission at participating museums. Other benefits include member shop discounts and may include access or special member pricing to member-only special events, lectures or exhibitions. Some museums have restrictions. Some restricted ROAM museums in our area include: Delaware Art Museum, the Delaware Contemporary, and Winterthur. DelMNS members do not get free admission to these museums. Available only at level Six and higher.
  8. Lost cards will be replaced one time free of charge. After that a fee of $5 will be charged for additional replacements.
  9. Membership policies are subject to change at anytime. We do our best to keep members informed when this happens.

Membership Levels through December 31, 2021

Individual Membership includes:

  • Tax deductible amount: $35
  • Unlimited admission to DMNH for 1 year. While DMNH is closed in 2021, enjoy visits to many local museums and gardens.
  • Invitations to Members-only Events including Exhibit Previews
  • Tri-annual Discovery Magazine
  • Explore & Save: Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions when you show your Delaware Museum of Natural History membership card. Available to all member levels.

Grandparent Membership includes:

  • Tax deductible amount: $50
  • Unlimited admission to DMNH for 1 year. While DMNH is closed in 2021, enjoy visits to many local museums and gardens.
  • Invitations to Members-only Events including Exhibit Previews
  • Tri-annual Discovery Magazine
  • Explore & Save: Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions when you show your Delaware Museum of Natural History membership card. Available to all member levels.
  • ASTC Passport: Members receive free or reduced admission to more than 350 ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) museums and facilities worldwide.
  • 10% Museum Store Discount
  • Discounts on Birthday Parties, and many programs & events

Household Membership includes:

  • Tax deductible amount: $60
  • Unlimited admission to DMNH for 1 year. While DMNH is closed in 2021, enjoy visits to many local museums and gardens.
  • Household and Sustaining Memberships are for two adults in the household, and any children living in the household under age 17.
  • Invitations to Members-only Events including Exhibit Previews
  • Tri-annual Discovery Magazine
  • 10% Museum Store Discount
  • Explore & Save: Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions when you show your Delaware Museum of Natural History membership card. Available to all member levels.
  • ASTC Passport: Members receive free or reduced admission to more than 350 ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) museums and facilities worldwide.
  • Discounts on Birthday Parties, and many programs & events
  • Summer Camp Advance sign-up (2 weeks before general public)

Sustaining Membership includes:

  • Tax deductible amount: $75
  • Unlimited admission to DMNH for 1 year. While DMNH is closed in 2021, enjoy visits to many local museums and gardens.
  • Household and Sustaining Memberships are for two adults in the household, and any children living in the household under age 17.
  • Invitations to Members-only Events including Exhibit Previews
  • Tri-annual Discovery Magazine
  • Explore & Save: Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions when you show your Delaware Museum of Natural History membership card. Available to all member levels.
  • ASTC Passport: Members receive free or reduced admission to more than 350 ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) museums and facilities worldwide.
  • 10% Museum Store Discount
  • Discounts on Birthday Parties, and many programs & events
  • Summer Camp Advance sign-up (Four weeks before general public)
  • FREE Gift

Patron Membership includes:

  • Tax deductible amount: $85
  • Unlimited admission to DMNH for 1 year. While DMNH is closed in 2021, enjoy visits to many local museums and gardens.
  • Invitations to Members-only Events including Exhibit Previews
  • Tri-annual Discovery Magazine
  • Explore & Save: Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions when you show your Delaware Museum of Natural History membership card. Available to all member levels.
  • ASTC Passport: Members receive free or reduced admission to more than 350 ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) museums and facilities worldwide.
  • 15% Museum Store Discount
  • Discounts on Birthday Parties, and many programs & events
  • Summer Camp Advance sign-up (Four weeks before general public)
  • FREE Gift
  • NARM Association Membership: Patron and higher members get free or reduced admission to an additional 900-plus museums with NARM
    (North American Reciprocal Museums).
  • FREE Behind the scenes tour for your family (on request)

Gold Patron Membership includes:

  • Tax deductible amount: $433
  • Unlimited admission to DMNH for 1 year. While DMNH is closed in 2021, enjoy visits to many local museums and gardens.
  • Invitations to Members-only Events including Exhibit Previews
  • Tri-annual Discovery Magazine
  • Explore & Save: Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions when you show your Delaware Museum of Natural History membership card. Available to all member levels.
  • ASTC Passport: Members receive free or reduced admission to more than 350 ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) museums and facilities worldwide.
  • 15% Museum Store Discount
  • Discounts on Birthday Parties, and many programs & events
  • Summer Camp Advance sign-up (Four weeks before general public)
  • FREE Gift
  • NARM Association Membership: Patron and higher members get free or reduced admission to an additional 900-plus museums with NARM
    (North American Reciprocal Museums).
  • FREE Behind the scenes tour for your family (on request)

Benefactor Membership includes:

  • Tax deductible amount: $884
  • Unlimited admission to DMNH for 1 year. While DMNH is closed in 2021, enjoy visits to many local museums and gardens.
  • Invitations to Members-only Events including Exhibit Previews
  • Tri-annual Discovery Magazine
  • Explore & Save: Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions when you show your Delaware Museum of Natural History membership card. Available to all member levels.
  • ASTC Passport: Members receive free or reduced admission to more than 350 ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) museums and facilities worldwide.
  • 15% Museum Store Discount
  • Discounts on Birthday Parties, and many programs & events
  • Summer Camp Advance sign-up (Four weeks before general public)
  • FREE Gift
  • NARM Association Membership: Patron and higher members get free or reduced admission to an additional 900-plus museums with NARM
    (North American Reciprocal Museums).
  • FREE Behind the scenes tour for your family (on request)

Special discounts for DMNH members at local merchants and restaurants in 2021 include:

BBC Tavern & Grill

10% off Monday through Wednesday for lunch and dinner.

The Wine & Spirit Company of Greenville

10% off wine and 5% off liquor for 2021.

Tim’s Liquors

10% off wine and 5% off liquor for 2021.

Reciprocal Membership Benefits

In 2021, active DMNH members may visit Winterthur, Mt. Cuba Center, Tyler Arboretum, Hagley, and more. (Please note, some institutions have winter closures; check their websites for hours of operation).

ASTC Passport:  Members receive free or reduced admission to more than 350 ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) museums and facilities worldwide. Available only at Grandparent level and higher. Starting in 2022: Available only at level Two and above.

NARM: The North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association is an affiliation of 800 arts, cultural, and historical institutions along with botanical gardens, children’s museums, science and technology centers and more that offer their individual NARM qualified members reciprocal benefits. Members get FREE admission and discounts in museum stores. Available only at Patron level and higher. Starting in 2022: Available only at level Six and above.

ROAM: the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums. Includes Member general admission for two and Member discounts in stores and restaurants.Visit 900 arts, cultural & historical museums, botanical gardens and children’s museums. Please check the specific museum you plan to visit on the ROAM website for restrictions. Available only at Patron level and higher. Starting in 2022: Available only at level Six and above.

Explore and Save

Receive $2 off general adult admission at select Brandywine Valley area attractions when you show your Delaware Museum of Natural History membership card. Available to all member levels.  Only one discount may be applied. Please visit their websites for blackout dates and additional information.

You must show your membership card to get benefits at participating institutions. Some restrictions apply, and vary from place to place. It’s always wise to call the museum you plan to visit to confirm benefits.