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-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 or Explorer Membership?



Memberships & Add-Ons

As of Jan. 18, 2018, 3-Month Memberships will include up to 4 named people and will no longer be issued ID cards. Discovery Memberships include one ID card, which expedites the check-in process and must be present to redeem ASTC, ACM, and Partner Merchant discounts.

3-Month: $45*
  • Unlimited visits to the Museum for 3 months for up to 4 named people (limited to adults and children in the member home, caregivers, and/or grandparents)
  • Easy Museum check-in with your membership name
  • Weekly e-blasts about VDM news, programs, camps, and events
Go Blue! Discovery: $125
  • Unlimited visits to the Museum for 12 months for up to 6 named people (limited to adults and children in the member home, caregivers, and/or grandparents)
  • 1 wallet-sized membership ID card
  • 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
  • Additional Names ($10 Each): Grow your membership! Specify additional adults or children from the member home, caregivers, or grandparents.
  • Additional ID Cards ($5 Each): Need to replace a lost ID? Want to give a card to a grandparent or caregiver on the membership? Have a spare card on hand! (Discovery Membership Add-On Only)

Memberships are temporarily unavailable for online purchase, but this feature will be back soon. Please call (434) 977-1025 x106 for immediate assistance.

*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 blue Discovery Membership 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

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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

Visit Partner Website


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 a new card for you, reflecting the change in membership level. (Online Upgrade Temporarily Unavailable)
  • Current Explorer-Level Members: 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 a new blue card for you, free of charge. Please email membership@vadm.org to request a Discovery-level card.