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Memberships

Become a Virginia Discovery Museum member and enjoy unlimited visits to the best discovery spot in Charlottesville for families with newborns to children age 8! With 3- and 12-month options available, a Museum membership makes a great gift and offers families the flexibility to play at their own pace and on their own schedule. Plus, with reciprocal and discounted admission to hundreds of other science and children’s museums across the U.S. and around the globe through our annual Discovery Membership, there is literally a world of possibilities to explore!


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Memberships

3-Month Membership: $45

Benefits:

  • Unlimited Museum visits for 3 months for up to 6 named people (adults and children living in the member household, with the option to include grandparents or a caregiver among the 6).
  • 2 laminated, wallet-sized membership ID cards.
  • E-blast updates about upcoming VDM programs and events.

Add-On Options:

  • Named Add-On ($10 Each): Grow your membership! Specify additional children from the member household, grandparents, and caregivers for $10 per person.
  • Additional ID Cards ($5 Each): Always losing your membership card? Forget to hand it off to another caregiver on the membership? Have a spare available! Membership ID cards help expedite the check-in process when you visit the Museum.

*3-Month Memberships are not upgradeable to a Discovery Membership. If you have a 3-Month Membership and would like to become a Discovery Member, you will be responsible for the full Discovery Membership fee, and your new membership will begin when your 3-Month Membership ends.

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Discovery Membership: $125

Benefits:

  • Unlimited Museum visits for 12 months for up to 6 named people (adults and children living in the member household, with the option to include grandparents or a caregiver among the 6).
  • 2 laminated, wallet-sized membership ID cards.
  • Reciprocal general admission at more than 350 ASTC Travel Passport Program locations. Program Details
  • 50% off general admission for up to 6 people at more than 200 ACM Reciprocal Network locations. Program Details
  • 15% discount on select VDM programs, camps, and events, as well as on birthday parties and event rentals.
  • Exclusive discounts at multiple downtown merchants when you present your membership card. Current Discounts
  • 1-month extension for each new VDM member recruited.
  • E-blast updates about upcoming VDM programs and events.

Add-On Options:

  • Named Add-On ($10 Each): Grow your membership! Specify additional children from the member household, grandparents, and caregivers for $10 per person.
  • Additional ID Cards ($5 Each): Always losing your membership card? Forget to hand it off to another caregiver on the membership? Have a spare available! Membership ID cards help expedite the check-in process when you visit the Museum.
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Downtown Discounts

VDM Discovery-Level members can redeem exclusive ongoing discounts at participating downtown merchants by showing their Discovery-Level Membership ID card at the time of purchase. Members must have their Museum ID card to receive their discounts. The Museum will keep a regularly updated list of Membership Partners here on our membership page, on the TV in our front lobby, and on our community bulletin board.

Current Membership Partners & Deals
Alakazam Toys & Gifts

Ongoing Deal: 10% discount on every purchase for Discovery-Level members when they show their membership ID.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

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Bend Yoga

Ongoing Deal: First class free for new clients and 10% off the purchase of any new 10, 15, or 20 class pass for Discovery-Level members when they show their membership ID.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

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Draft Taproom

Ongoing Deal: Half-price “Half Pints” kids meals on Saturdays for Discovery-Level members when they show their membership ID.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

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New Dominion Bookshop

Ongoing Deal: 10% off any purchase for Discovery-Level members when they show their membership ID.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

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Splendora’s Gelato

Ongoing Deal: Free bambino-sized gelato with any purchase for Discovery-Level members when they show their membership ID.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

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Telegraph Art & Comics

Ongoing Deal: 10% off books from the “All Ages” section for Discovery-Level members when they show their membership ID.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

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Downtown merchants participate in the Member Partner program on year-by-year terms, so check back regularly to see what new discounts have been added and which have changed


What About My Family/Explorer Membership?

If you elect to stay at your current Family or Explorer membership level, the Museum will honor the existing benefits for the remainder of your membership period. When your membership expires, you have the option to renew at the 3-Month or Discovery levels.

  • If you are a current Family-level member, you have the option to upgrade to a Discovery Membership for the remainder of you membership period for a $25 fee. VDM will print new cards for you reflecting the change in membership level.
  • If you are a current Explorer-level member, you will continue to receive a 20% discount on eligible VDM programs and events for the remainder of your membership period. If you would like to upgrade your membership card in order to utilize the Discovery Membership’s exclusive discounts at downtown partner merchants, we will gladly do so free of charge.
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