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Join Our Donor Community

Create a legacy of curiosity when you get involved as an annual supporter.

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Find your support level and benefits

Choose the support level, premium membership benefits, and exclusive opportunities that are right for you.

Or choose another gift amount.

Join the Innovator Circle →

 As a donor in the Innovator Circle, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the Exploratorium for up to 10 guests per day, plus guest cards to share
  • Unlimited access for up to 10 guests to After Dark, our adults-only Thursday evening event series
  • Skip the line with express museum entry at our Front Desk concierge
  • Four complimentary Tactile Dome tickets plus $5 off for additional tickets
  • Donors/members-only hours every Sunday 10 a.m.-noon
  • A special gift and a $10 gift certificate from the Exploratorium Store
  • 10% discount at the Exploratorium Store, Seaglass Restaurant, and Seismic Joint Café (except alcohol)
  • Priority ticketing for unique After Dark experiences, such as Pairings
  • Exclusive invitations to donor-only events and exhibition previews
  • Priority invitations to our annual Gala and special discounted pricing to our Science of Cocktails and Wonder Funday fundraising events
  • Monthly donor-focused newsletter featuring early information about exhibitions, programming, and events
  • Free admission through the ASTC Passport Program to 350+ science centers and museums worldwide (starting 90+ miles away)
  • Recognition in our annual report and on the museum floor

The fair market value of goods and services received is $62.

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.

Join the Catalyst Circle →

As a donor in the Catalyst Circle, you and your family enjoy premium access to the Exploratorium and exclusive opportunities designed to connect you with our programs’ leaders and new initiatives in art and science.

In addition to Innovator Circle benefits, you'll also enjoy:

$5,000 and above

  • Annual tour of the Exhibit Development Shop or Life Sciences Lab

$2,500 and above

  • Direct access to a dedicated staff liaison available to answer questions, connect you with programs and events, and assist with ticket reservations
  • Invitations to Catalyst Circle and above events, such as the Speaker Series and behind-the-scenes experiences that provide an inside perspective on the Exploratorium

The fair market value of goods and services received is $62.

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.

Join the Director's Circle →

As a donor in the Director’s Circle, you and your family enjoy premium access to the Exploratorium and exclusive opportunities designed to connect you with our programs’ leaders and new initiatives in art and science. 

In addition to all Catalyst Circle and Innovator Circle benefits, you'll enjoy:

  • Invitation to the Director's Circle Dinner, where you can exchange ideas with experts and thought leaders and enjoy entertainment that highlights the intersections of art, science, and human perception
  • Customized group visits and special insider tours with the opportunity to mingle with scientists, artists, and Exploratorium thought leaders
  • Invitations to exclusive travel opportunities led by subject matter experts from the Exploratorium community of artists, scientists, and multidisciplinarians
  • Preferred access to the Museum Rentals Calendar for your private events

The fair market value of goods and services received is $162.

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.

Join the Leadership Circle →

As a donor in the Leadership Circle you enjoy exclusive privileges when you visit the Exploratorium, insider access to the people leading our programs, and the opportunity for public recognition for your support. 

In addition to all Director's Circle, Catalyst Circle, and Innovator Circle benefits, you'll enjoy:

$50,000 and above

  • Invitation to sponsor one of our public programs, events, or preview receptions
  • A meeting with the Chair of the Board to discuss our programs and alignment with your philanthropic priorities  

$25,000 and above

  • A private tour with an Exploratorium senior scientist, education, or arts leader to discuss programs and philanthropic priorities

The fair market value of goods and services received is $162.

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.

Join the Exploratorium Trust →

As an Exploratorium Trust donor, you are amongst our most generous supporters. Your insight, inspiration, and engagement are essential ingredients for our success.

In addition to the benefits of all other donor levels, Exploratorium Trust donors also receive:

  • A private meeting with our Executive Director
  • Invitation to the annual Trust Dinner, an intimate gathering with fellow philanthropists and Exploratorium leadership

The fair market value of goods and services received is $162.

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.

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