With your generous support, the Exploratorium can dramatically expand the reach of its world-renowned exhibits, educational and professional development programs, and research efforts worldwide. The net result: a profound advancement in fostering a global culture of inquiry.
Our Exploratorium Trust, Chairman’s Circle, Catalyst Circle, and Innovators donors make this transformative work possible, sustaining our momentum year after year. Join us.
Exploratorium Trust ($100,000 and more)
Exploratorium Trust supporters are among the most dedicated leaders of the Exploratorium community. Their generous annual gift advances our mission to foster a culture of inquiry, discovery, and learning to millions around the world. The highest level of access to the museum and its programs is afforded to our Exploratorium Trust members.
Join the Exploratorium Trust
$100,000 and more
- Customized opportunity for exclusive recognition with an Exploratorium program, including a special preview reception for the program.
Chairman’s Circle ($25,000 and more)
As a member of the Chairman’s Circle, you join a distinguished group of Exploratorium patrons. In addition to knowing your gift supports innovative, hands-on, and inquiry-based education, you will enjoy premium recognition of your support and exclusive privileges when you visit the Exploratorium, including complimentary parking, priority access to museum programs and thought leaders, and personalized concierge services.
Join the Chairman’s Circle
$50,000 and more
- Opportunity to be recognized at an Exploratorium program, or special preview reception.
- The opportunity to host a private event at a mutually agreed upon time.
- Access to the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund Room for select programs where you can enjoy complimentary refreshments while mingling with scientists, artists, and experts.
- Preferred access to the Museum Rentals Calendar for your rental events and priority registration for Exploratorium programs.
- Complimentary and guaranteed parking at the Levi’s Plaza garage.
All donors in the Exploratorium Trust and Chairman's Circle are eligible to receive Catalyst Circle level benefits.
Catalyst Circle ($2,500 and more)
As a donor in the Catalyst Circle, you ignite learning and curiosity for visitors, educators, and our community through your annual support. You and your family will enjoy premium access to the Exploratorium at Pier 15, as well as exclusive opportunities to connect with thought leaders and discover new ideas in art and science.
Join the Catalyst Circle
$10,000 and more
- Invitations to premiere events, such as the Director’s Dinner, where you exchange ideas with experts and thought leaders and discover some of the most exceptional advances in science and the arts.
- Invitations to private gatherings with Exploratorium leaders, including senior staff, scientists, artists, or visiting thought participants, such as our Osher Fellows and Artist-in-Residence.
- Invitations to exclusive preview receptions for new exhibitions with artists, curators, and senior scientists.
- Personalized services when you visit the Exploratorium, including group visits, special insider tours, and advance ticket purchases for events.
- Early access to Exploratorium programs and learning opportunities.
- Guaranteed, reduced-rate parking privileges at the Levi’s Plaza garage when you visit the museum.
- Invitations to exclusive events and programs, such as the State of the Exploratorium.
All donors in the Catalyst Circle are eligible to receive Innovator level benefits.
Innovators ($1,000 and more)
As an Innovator, your generous support directly impacts millions of people—young and old, locally and around the world—who benefit from our programs, exhibits, and educational resources.
Become an Innovator
$1,000 and more
In addition to all the benefits of membership, you will enjoy:
- Express admission to the museum through the Front Desk.
- Unlimited access to the Exploratorium with your VIP membership card, plus two guest passes to share. Each membership is permitted up to 10 guests per day.
- Unlimited access to After Dark, our adults-only Thursday evening programs.
- Recognition on our annual donor rosters.
- Priority invitations to the most popular Exploratorium events, including the annual Spring Gala and Science of Cocktails.
- Reduced parking rate at the Levi’s Plaza garage when you visit the museum. Subject to availability.
- Breaking news about exhibitions, new exhibits, and expeditions.
- Invitations to exclusive events and programs, such as the State of the Exploratorium, an annual meeting and reception with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
If you choose to give through your donor-advised fund, then please remember tangible benefits or services may not be extended. Please consult your fund advisor with any questions.
The fair market value of goods and services received is $146.