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Museum members get FREE ADMISSION and other great benefits

A Discovery Center Museum membership pays for itself in just a few visits! And with more than 25,000 square feet of museum space, and new exhibits each year, it’s a different experience for every visit!

Join today and you’ll get unlimited access to stimulating and fun-filled family experiences all year long. Membership fees also provide ongoing support for Discovery Center, which benefits all families in our region!

 

CLIMB Superpass - $190

Family - $100 - New benefits and price ($135) beginning December 1, 2022.

Grandparent - $100 - New benefits and price ($135) beginning December 1, 2022.

Individual - $55 - New price ($60) beginning December 1, 2022.

 

 Member Benefits include:

In addition to enjoying more than 300 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, members will also receive: Click here for a chart of membership level benefits.

  • Free unlimited admission to Discovery Center–visit every day for one full year if you’d like!

  • Free or reduced admission (for at least 2 adults and 2 children) to over 300 other science centers and museums as part of the Association of Science and Technology Centers’ (ASTC) Travel Passport Reciprocal Program

  • Subscription to newsletter and e-news updates

  • Invitations to Members-only events

  • Discounts on classes and workshops

  • Discounts on birthday parties

  • Early registration for classes

  • 10% discount on gift shop purchases

Members: Please bring membership card and photo ID for each visit. Thanks!

 Memberships are not refundable and not transferable.

 

Gift Memberships last all year long. There are several ways to give a gift membership.  

  • Purchase a gift certificate online, over the phone at (815) 963-6769, or at the museum.  The membership year will begin when the certificate is redeemed.

  • Purchase the membership online, over the phone at (815) 963-6769, or at the museum. Simply select one of the options below. During the purchasing process, the form will ask whether the membership is for you or is for someone else. Click on "Someone Else."

 

Membership Options

  
CLIMB SuperPass:  $190

 

  • Good for two named adults and all dependent children under the age of 18 living in the same household*.  Households may not be combined on a membership. 
  • In addition to all the benefits listed above, a CLIMB SuperPass member also receives:
    • Free admission to CLIMB (Chicago-area Local Increased Membership Benefits) museums for up to six (6) people. (Children's Museum of Oak Lawn. DuPage Children's Museum, KidsWork Children's Museum, Kohl Children's Museum, and Wonder Works Children's Museum)
    • 50% off admission for up to six (6) people to participating Association of Children's Museum (ACM) organizations(Many in the greater Chicago area!)
    • Free or reduced admission (for at least 2 adults and 2 children) to over 300 other science centers and museums as part of the Association of Science and Technology Centers’ (ASTC) Travel Passport Reciprocal Program 
    • Two free one-time use guest passes for a one-year membership
    • Four free planetarium tickets for a one-year membership

 *Household = Two named adults and their dependent children age 17 or younger living at the same address.

  

Family Membership - $100  - New benefits and price ($135) beginning December 1, 2022.

 

  • Good for two named adults and all dependent children age 17 or younger living in the same household*
  • 50% off admission for up to six (6) people to participating Association of Children's Museum (ACM) organizations(Many in the greater Chicago area!)
  • Two free planetarium tickets for a one-year membership
  • All benefits listed in the Member Benefits section at the top of the page

*Household =Two named adults and their dependent children age 17 or younger living at the same address

 

Grandparent Membership - $100  - New benefits and price ($135) beginning December 1, 2022.

 

  • Good for two grandparents living in the same household and all grandchildren age 17 or younger
  • 50% off admission for up to six (6) people to participating Association of Children's Museum (ACM) organizations(Many in the greater Chicago area!)
  • Two free planetarium tickets for a one-year membership
  • All benefits listed in the Member Benefits section at the top of the page

  *Household = Two named adults

 

Individual Membership - $55  - New benefits and price ($60) beginning December 1, 2022.

 

  • Good for one adult
  • All benefits listed in the Member Benefits section at the top of the page

 

All memberships include free admission to participating Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC).

To purchase a membership, click on the "Purchase One Year" buttons. If you have questions call 815-963-6769 or stop by our office between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Memberships purchased on the weekend will be mailed or available for pick up the next business day. Business office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Please call during those times with any questions.

Adults and their parents cannot be on the same membership.

A single caregiver can be added to a family membership for $40.  Caregivers cannot be added to grandparent memberships.  Caregivers are permitted to come with the children in place of the parents, but not with the parents.

18 and over are considered adults and may not visit as a child on a membership.