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Why are you increasing prices?

The Discovery Center is committed to delivering the best museum experience to our visitors. We have always strived to keep our admission and membership prices as low as possible.

We’ve accomplished a lot in just the last three years including the development, design, and construction of four new exhibits: Nature Play, Makerspace, The STEAM Bus, and The Science of Music. We’ve added new programs like Story time and Science a la cart, and we’ve raised the bar on early childhood education through our SPARK! program. We’ve also made a commitment to diversity and accessibility through our Kids First outreach initiative and our Special Needs Task Force.

We want to continue to provide high-quality programming and exhibits, and bring world-class traveling exhibits like Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering to you – our loyal visitors.

There’s even more exciting changes in store for the Discovery Center, and we want to share it with you! These adjusted prices will help keep the Discovery Center experience extraordinary while at the same time ensuring the necessary funds are in place to sustain our exhibits, programs, and educational efforts. Thank you for your support.

What prices are changing?

Effective June 15, 2015, our daily admission rates will increase to $8.00 per person ages two and up. Military families receive $1 off regular admission (excludes special event pricing and $3 Thursdays).
Although our basic and premier membership levels are increasing, we have added a new One + One membership level starting at just $65!

New membership levels
One + One Membership $65
Discovery Membership $100
Deluxe Membership $135 -> Best Value!
Sustaining Membership $275

Discovery Center also offers a 15% discount for current Tennessee licensed educators and active or retired military families on any membership level.

What are the new membership levels and benefits?

One + One Membership – $65
• Unlimited admission for one parent & one named child (or one grandparent & one child)
• Free admission to special events
• Invitations to members-only events
• Discounts on birthdays and camps
• Priority enrollment in camps
• 10% off in the gift shop
• $3 off* regular admission for any guest attending with the member
*not valid on discounted admission days like $3 Thursdays, Great Pumpkin Festival & Countdown to Noon

Discovery Membership – $100
• Unlimited admission for 2 named adults and 4 named children of the same household
• Free admission to special events
• Invitations to members-only events
• Discounts on birthdays and camps
• Priority enrollment in camps
• 10% off in the gift shop
$3 off* regular admission for any guest attending with the member
*not valid on discounted admission days like $3 Thursdays, Great Pumpkin Festival & Countdown to Noon

Grandparent Discovery Membership – $100
Same as Discovery Membership except
• Unlimited admission for 2 named grandparents and up to 4 grandchildren each visit

Deluxe or Deluxe Grandparent Membership – $135 <-Best Value!
All benefits of Discovery Membership, plus
• 50% off admission to over 150 participating museums in the ACM Reciprocal Program.
• One free Additional Caregiver Card
• Free admission to SPARK! during the term of the membership

Sustaining Membership – $275
All benefits of Deluxe Membership, plus
• 2 additional guests each visit
• 50% off a 3-hour facility rental or one free Discovery birthday party ($150 value!)
• Recognition as Sustaining Member in one e-newsletter

Will I get to keep my benefits under my current membership?
Members who have purchased their membership prior to June 15, 2015 will keep the benefits allotted under the membership they purchased. All members will be eligible for the $3 off* guest ticket discount no matter when their membership was purchased.
*not valid on discounted admission days like $3 Thursdays, Great Pumpkin Festival & Countdown to Noon

To purchase or renew your membership before the price change on June 15, 2015, please click here.

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