Enjoy Unlimited Museum Visits
The Virginia Discovery Museum is now open for general admission visits. Purchasing a new membership or renewing is a great way to invest in the future of Charlottesville’s best discovery spot for infants to children age 8 and provide your family with a safe, inclusive environment to explore, imagine, and discover together through play. A membership makes a great experiential gift and offers families the flexibility to play at their own pace and on their own schedule. Plus, annual members receive a 10 percent discount on VDM Programs and Events and enjoy reciprocal and discounted admission to hundreds of other science and children’s museums.
Levels & Benefits
VDM currently offers a 12-Month membership option, and all included benefits can be found in the chart below. All new and renewing memberships purchased online start immediately on the purchase date unless marked as a gift. Gift vouchers are valid for redemption for a full year from the purchase date, and the membership officially starts when the voucher is redeemed.
1 Limited to adults and children living in the household, grandparents, and caregivers only.
2 Required to redeem ASTC / ACM discounts.
3 Association of Science-Technology Centers Travel Passport Program. Sites, rules, and restrictions: bit.ly/astc-reciprocity.
4 Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network. Sites, rules, and restrictions: bit.ly/acm-reciprocal.
Purchase or Renew
All new and renewing memberships purchased online start immediately on the purchase date unless marked as a gift. Gift vouchers are valid for redemption for a full year from the purchase date, and the membership officially starts when the voucher is redeemed.
A VDM membership makes a great experiential gift for family and friends with young children. We offer gift vouchers for our 12-Month memberships that are valid for redemption for a full year from the purchase date.
If you know all of the recipient’s details – contact information, mailing address, and the names they want to include on the membership – click the link below to complete the online membership form and submit payment. Be sure to include a gift message and/or special delivery instructions in the “Special Notes” field.
Purchase Over the Phone
If you are unsure of the names the gift recipient wants to include on the membership, contact Visitor Services Manager Matt Berman at (434) 977-1025 x103 anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday to finalize payment and delivery details for the voucher. Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need to schedule a specific call-back time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I set up my Website User Account?
Did I successfully link my Website User Account and membership record?
Contact Visitor Services Manager Matt Berman at email@example.com, and we’ll make sure everything is all set.
How do I apply my 10% annual member discount?
To apply this discount to Program and Event registrations made online, you will need to create a Website User Account and link it to your membership record by following these instructions. If you have already created a Website User Account, click the registration link for the program or event you wish to register for and sign in using the link at the top of the registration page. If you need help applying your 10 percent discount when using our online forms, please contact Visitor Services Manager Matt Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What other museums can I visit with my annual membership?
Annual members enjoy free general admission at over 350 science centers through the Association of Science-Technology Centers Travel Passport Program and 50 percent off general admission for up to 6 people at over 200 children’s museums through the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network. Certain restrictions apply, so be sure to carefully read the rules for both programs before visiting any reciprocal location. For a list of participating ASTC sites, please visit bit.ly/astc-reciprocity; for a list of participating ACM sites, please visit bit.ly/acm-reciprocity.