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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-month 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, when you go blue with our annual Discovery Membership, there is literally a world of possibilities to explore through reciprocal and discounted admission to hundreds of other science and children’s museums across the U.S. and around the globe!


Memberships & Add-Ons  |  Partner Merchants  |  What About My Family/Explorer Membership?



Memberships & Add-Ons

Enjoy unlimited Museum visits for up to 6 named people with any VDM membership, which may include adults and children living in the member household, a caregiver, and/or grandparents. Plus, when you go blue with our annual Discovery Membership, expand your experience through ASTC, ACM, and Partner Merchant discounts. All memberships receive two laminated ID cards, which expedite the Museum check-in process, include a member’s renewal date and the names of everyone on the membership, and list the membership benefits; additionally, blue Discovery-Level cards must be present to redeem discounts.

3-Month: $45*

Benefits:

  • Unlimited visits to the Museum for 3 months for up to 6 named people (may include adults and kids in the member household, a caregiver, and/or grandparents among the six)
  • 2 light-orange, wallet ID cards
  • Weekly e-blasts about VDM news, programs, camps, and events
Go Blue! Discovery: $125

Benefits:

  • Unlimited visits to the Museum for 12 months for up to 6 named people (may include adults and kids in the member household, a caregiver, and/or grandparents among the six)
  • 2 blue, wallet ID cards
  • Reciprocal general admission at over 350 ASTC Travel Passport Program sites (?)
  • 50% off general admission for up to 6 people at over 200 ACM Reciprocal Network sites (?)
  • 15% discount on select programs, camps, and events and on birthday parties and event rentals
  • Exclusive, ongoing discounts at several Partner Merchants (?)
  • 1-month extension for each new VDM member recruited
  • Weekly e-blasts about VDM news, programs, camps, and events
+ Add-On Options
  • Named Add-On ($10 Each): Grow your membership! Specify additional children from the member household, grandparents, and/or caregivers.
  • Additional ID Cards ($5 Each): Need to replace a lost ID? Want to give a card to a caregiver on the membership? Be sure to have a spare card on hand!

Is this a gift? Please remember to list the recipient adult as the Primary on the form and provide the giver’s name and any greeting and/or special instructions in the appropriately marked section.

Purchase or Renew

*3-Month Memberships are not upgradeable to Discovery Memberships. If you want to become a Discovery-level member, you will be responsible for the full annual fee, and your new membership will begin when your 3-Month Membership ends.


Partner Merchants

VDM Discovery-Level Members can redeem exclusive, ongoing discounts at participating Partner Merchants by showing their Discovery-Level Membership blue ID card at the time of purchase. Members must have their Museum ID card to receive these discounts. VDM will keep a regularly updated list of Partner Merchants here on our Memberships page, on the TV in our Front Lobby and at the Front Desk, and on our community bulletin board. Be sure to check back regularly to see what new discounts have been added and which have changed.

Alakazam Toys & Gifts

Ongoing Deal: 10% discount on every store purchase with your Discovery-Level Membership blue ID card.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

Visit Partner Website


Bend Yoga

Ongoing Deal: First class free for new clients and 10% off any new 10-, 15-, or 20-class pass with your blue ID card.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

Visit Partner Website


Draft Taproom

Ongoing Deal: Half-price “Half Pints” kids meals on Saturdays with your blue ID card.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

Visit Partner Website


Kilwins

Ongoing Deal: 15% discount on ice cream purchases with your blue ID card.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

Visit Partner Website


New Dominion Bookshop

Ongoing Deal: 10% off any store purchase with your Discovery-Level blue ID card.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

Visit Partner Website


Splendora’s Gelato

Ongoing Deal: Free bambino-sized gelato with any purchase with your blue ID card.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

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Telegraph Art & Comics

Ongoing Deal: 10% off books from the “All Ages” section with your Discovery-Level blue ID card.

Deal Ends: July 1, 2018

Visit Partner Website


What About My Family/Explorer Membership?

If you are a current Family- or Explorer-Level Member, VDM will honor your 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.

  • Current Family-Level Members: You have the option to upgrade to a Discovery Membership for the remainder of you membership period for a $25 fee. VDM will print two new cards for you, reflecting the change in membership level.
  • Current Explorer-Level Members: 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 Partner Merchant discounts, we will gladly print two new blue cards for you, free of charge. Please email membership@vadm.org to request new Discovery-Level blue cards.