Meet the JC

The JC (Junior Council) brings together science enthusiasts eager to explore the American Museum of Natural History's hidden depths while sustaining its vital work. Tailored for rising Museum leaders in their 20s to early 40s, the JC's slate of programs and social events immerses members in the active science they support—and invites them to mingle in these legendary halls after the doors close. 

Your annual membership gift sustains, strengthens, and endorses our work to broaden public understanding of science and the natural world. In appreciation for your support, the Museum is pleased to extend an exclusive suite of JC membership benefits, centered around admission, events, and access. 

We hope you enjoy your experience in the JC.
Thank you for your membership!





The value of goods and services at this level of membership is estimated at $370



All the benefits of JC Friend, plus: 

The value of goods and services at this level of membership is estimated at $588


PATRON $3,000

The Museum is pleased to offer benefits at this level that introduce young members to our Patrons Circle membership program and invite them to continue their involvement with the Museum as a Patron in future.

All benefits of JC Partner, plus:

The value of goods and services at this level of membership is estimated at $650


JC memberships are one per household and are not refundable or transferable. Categories and benefits are subject to change. For more information, please contact 212-769-5256 or [email protected].

Under federal tax rules, grants by donor-advised funds (DAFs) and private foundations cannot be used for memberships in which the donor-advisers or disqualified persons receive more than an incidental benefit. Please contact your tax adviser or your DAF’s supporting organization for more information, including the possibility of waiving return benefits or using an alternate funding source to pay for the full membership.  


JC Event Calendar 2019–2020

JC Fall Party
Friday, November 1, 2019
JC-Exclusive Preview Party | 7–10 pm

Get an exclusive first look at the Museum's stunning Día de Muertos ofrendas (altars) of extinct animal species, while enjoying tapas, cocktails, and the music of Mexico City's own DJ PUMA.

Complimentary for all JC members.


JC Winter Party
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 7–9 pm

Hear from Leon Hess Director of Comparative Biology Research Cheryl Hayashi about spider silk, and the unusually tight linkage between silk gene DNA sequences and functional ecology. A post-presentation cocktail reception includes an open bar and appetizers.

JC Friends ($750) must purchase tickets to attend.

Complimentary for JC Partners ($1,500) and Patrons ($3,000).


Science Afterhours Reception
Tuesday, May 19, 2020|6–7:30 pm

Join Patrons Circle members for a talk and tour, led by a Museum scientist and featuring behind-the-scenes access to the Museum’s world-class scientific research collections. A post-talk cocktail reception includes an open bar and appetizers.

JC Partner ($1,500) and Patron ($3,000) exclusive.


JC Spring Party
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | 8–11 pm

Don’t miss the JC’s premier event, featuring a special presentation, open bar, appetizers, and dancing. Additional details to follow.

Complimentary for all JC members.



Member Programs

Open to all Junior Council Members 


Curator Lecture
Tuesday, September 24, 2019| 6:30–8 pm

Learn about the development of T. rex: The Ultimate Predator from the exhibition’s curator.


Curator Lecture
Tuesday, October 22, 2019| 6:30–8 pm

Learn about the recent revitalization of our Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites from its curator.


Children’s Holiday Party
Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 6–7:30 pm

A festive evening filled with hands-on activities for kids and sweet treats in the Museum’s ever-popular fossil halls!   


Star Party
Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 6–8 pm

A special, family-friendly evening in the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Space-themed crafts and activities for ages 5 and up, cocktails, and a live presentation in the Hayden Planetarium.


Member Open House
Tuesday, April 28, 2020* | 6–8 pm

Talk with Museum scientists, see artifacts and specimens from behind-the-scenes collections, participate in hands-on activities, and enjoy an evening viewing of the featured 3D giant-screen movie in the LeFrak Theater.



Benefit Events

Enjoy these extraordinary gatherings and you’ll also be providing valuable support for the Museum’s mission and exhibitions. For ticket availability and prices, please call 212-313-7161.


Family Party
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 5–7:30 pm 

One of the Museum’s most beloved traditions and the best family party in New York City features fascinating educational activities and dazzling entertainment for children of all ages.


Museum Gala
Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 7 pm Cocktails | 7:45 pm Dinner, Auction, and Special Performance   

A spectacular black-tie benefit set among the Museum’s legendary halls and featuring star-studded company, a delicious dinner, and highly-anticipated musical entertainment.


Spring Lunch
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 11:30 am Doors Open | Noon–2 pm Luncheon and Program

A panel of leading experts convenes to discuss timely topics related to science, society, and our environment at an elegant luncheon beneath the blue whale.


Corporate Dinner
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 6:30 pm Cocktails | 7:15 pm Dinner

Joined by prominent industry leaders, the Museum honors a corporate visionary whose dedication and achievements have helped advance science and education.

 *Date change

The Museum’s Día de Muertos Festival is presented in collaboration with the Mexican State of Oaxaca, an invited cultural partner. Support for Día de Muertos is provided, in part, by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt. Major funding for T. rex: The Ultimate Predator provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Generous support also provided by: Dana and Virginia Randt, Chase Private Client. Virtual reality experience created in collaboration with HTC VIVE. The new space show is made possible by the generous support of the Charles Hayden Foundation. Generous support for The Butterfly Conservatory has been provided by the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

Please note: Calendar subject to change. Event privileges are extended to two individuals per membership. All events are 21+ unless otherwise noted. 

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