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Membership Policies

Membership Levels and Benefits

Membership Tax Deductibility

Membership Cards

Member Guests

What if I have other questions?

Membership Levels and Benefits

What is the difference between a Household membership and a Dual membership?
A Household membership covers two adults and any children or grandchildren in the family under 18 years old.

A Dual membership covers either two named people or one named person who then receives a guest pass each visit. If two people share a Dual membership, there are no free guest passes included.

Is there an individual membership?
Individuals are covered by a Dual membership. A Dual membership with just one name on it allows that person to bring a guest every time he or she visits.

How do the Omnitheater benefits work?
Each person covered under the membership gets one Omnitheater ticket per day for regularly scheduled films each time they visit. There is no limit to how often members can visit, so you and your family can visit the Omnitheater as often as you wish. If you choose to see more than one film per day, the additional films are available at a discount. Members most commonly see more than one film a day during the Omnifest film festival.

How can I make reservations?
Members can make reservations online. There is a $1/person service fee for online reservations. You can also call us at (651) 221-9444 and make reservations; there is no service fee for members to make phone reservations. Member reservations may only be made by the adults listed on the membership.

Do members receive discounts on parking?
Certainly. Members pay $5 to park in the Science Museum parking ramp. If there is a large event in downtown Saint Paul, a $12 pre-pay event parking fee may apply. In that case, show your current membership card on the way in and get charged the $5 member discounted price. If you don’t have your card, pay the event parking fee and stop at the Box Office for reimbursement.

Can I put an additional adult on my membership?
We don’t have any membership where more than two adults can be named members. However, some Supporting Membership levels can bring two non-member guests (of any age) to receive member benefits during each visit.

Can I put my nanny or PCA on my membership?
Admission is always free for working Personal Care Attendants when they’re visiting with a client.

If a nanny will be bringing your children to the museum, you can sign up for our Nanny Card program. Under this program, the nanny is charged a very nominal fee: $3 for museum admission, or $5 for museum admission and an Omnitheater show. Please call (651) 221-9409 to sign up for this program. If your care provider will be coming in without the card, please call (651) 221-9444 and make a reservation for them, letting the ticketing agent know that the nanny is coming in with the children.

Can I change the names on my membership?
The names listed on a membership may be changed if there has been a change in the family’s circumstances, such as a death, move, or a change in relationship status. Name change requests, including the reason for the change, must be sent in writing to member@smm.org or mailed to the Membership Office, Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Please submit name change requests one week before your next Science Museum visit for the best possible customer service when you attend the museum.

Can I begin using my membership immediately?
Yes! Your membership begins the day you join. Write down your membership number to use until your member cards arrive. You can immediately use your membership in person, over the phone, or online.

Will I get a renewal notice when my membership expires?
Yes. You will receive your first renewal notice in the mail about six weeks before your membership expires.

Is my membership good at other museums?
Your Science Museum membership card will grant you free general admission to more than 350 museums that participate in the Travel Passport Program sponsored by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). Special exhibits, planetariums, or theaters may not be included. To find a museum near your travel destination, visit the ASTC website or call the Member Line at (651) 221-9409. Please call ahead to your destination museum to confirm your benefits.

Can I purchase a membership as a gift for someone else?
Yes. Please visit our Gift Memberships page for details.

Can my membership be refunded?
No. Memberships are not refundable in whole or in part.

Can my membership be revoked?
Memberships are revocable licenses. The museum reserves the right to refuse or revoke membership and/or deny admission without refund for non-compliance with applicable rules and terms or for inappropriate conduct. Purchase of an annual membership does not entitle the purchaser to renewal in a subsequent year.

Membership levels, benefits, and prices are subject to change without notice.

Membership Tax Deductibility

Is my Dual or Household membership purchase tax deductible?
As a general rule, a membership payment is only deductible to the extent it exceeds the value of the benefits provided in exchange. We estimate that the membership benefits provided at the Dual and Household membership levels exceed the cost of the membership. As a result, Dual and Household membership purchases are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Is my Supporting Membership tax deductible?
The amount of your Supporting Membership that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the amount of your gift, less the value of certain membership benefits you are entitled to receive. The museum estimates the value of those benefits as follows:

Contribution LevelValue of Benefits
$225-$299 (Darwin)$150
$250 (Alkali)$180
$300-$499 (Carver)$140
$500-$999 (Hopper)$200
$1,000-$2,499 (Einstein)$250
$2,500 and up (Curie - Galileo)$300

The full amount of your contribution is tax-deductible if you have notified the development office in writing that you do not wish to receive member benefits.

Membership Cards

How long does it take to receive my member cards?
It takes about three weeks after the membership office receives a completed membership application to receive a set of member cards. If you haven’t received your cards within this time period, please email member@smm.org or call the Member Line at (651) 221-9409.

What if I lose my member cards?
Just email member@smm.org or call the Member Line at (651) 221-9409 and let us know that you need new cards. We will send a new set to you the next time cards are printed (every two weeks). There is no fee for replacement cards.

Can I use my membership without my member cards?
Yes. All you need to use your membership is your member identification number and a photo ID.

Member Guests

Can a member bring guests?
Of course! Guests of members pay regular admission prices. Members may include guests on their phone or online reservations to ensure all parties receive tickets to the same showtimes.

Can I bring a guest to member events?
Generally, member events are for members only. If an event notice or invitation specifically mentions that guests are permitted, members are welcome to bring them along. Dual members with only one person named on the membership may bring one guest to member events.

What if I have other questions?

Send an email to member@smm.org or call the Member Line at (651) 221-9409. The Membership Office is open Monday - Friday. If you need immediate assistance, please call (651) 221-9444.