Patrons Circle

Patrons Circle is a philanthropic community of lifelong learners committed to supporting the Museum's mission. 

Benefits include private tours, VIP receptions, behind-the-scenes access, concierge service, and so much more. Have questions?

Contact the Patrons Circle Office at 212-769-5153 or [email protected]

 

Collector  $2,000

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  • Unlimited complimentary admission to the Museum, plus free tickets for all special exhibitions and shows, for up to 10 people when accompanied by Patron
  • Invitations to new special exhibition previews and gallery openings
  • Free tickets and reserved seating for two to a public program hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Invitation for two to attend one Science Afterhours event, featuring a presentation by Museum experts and "behind-the-scenes" access, followed by a reception
  • Two complimentary passes to the annual Margaret Mead Film festival (upon request)
  • Patrons Circle Concierge Service for help with booking tickets, planning, and customizing your visits
  • Access to a Member Entrance
  • $12 parking garage flat rate for PC Members arriving any day from 4–11 pm
  • Ten Guest Passes for complimentary general admission
  • Member Lounge access, with concierge and coat-check service
  • Advance notice for children's science camps and workshops
  • Discounts for Museum shop, restaurant purchases, and selected education programs

$1,720 is tax deductible

 

Naturalist  $4,500

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  • All of the benefits of Collector PLUS:
  • Invitation for two to private annual pre- or post-program reception with an esteemed presenter
  • Invitation for two to the annual Patrons Circle luncheon, hosted by the Museum President
  • Private guided tour of permanent or special exhibition for up to 10 people
  • Invitation for two to attend one additional Science Afterhours event (total of two)
  • Two additional complimentary passes to the annual Margaret Mead Film Festival (total of four) (upon request)
  • Naturalist for a Day: share the Museum and extended Naturalist benefits with friends and family

$3,890 is tax deductible

 

Family Scientist  $5,000

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  • All of the benefits of Naturalist PLUS:
  • Invitations to the science education series Big Crazy Questions (And Some Answers) for families with children ages 3–12
  • Invitation to annual Family Scientist private dinner with hands-on science projects and a guest scientist presentation
  • Opportunity to host events or parties in select Museum venues 

$3,390 is tax deductible

 

Curator  $10,000

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  • All of the benefits of Naturalist PLUS:
  • Tea and Tour: tea service in a private Museum space, following your private guided tour
  • Invitation for two to attend one additional Science Afterhours event (total of three)
  • Option to add Family Scientist benefits to your membership

$9,330 is tax deductible

 

Discoverer  $25,000

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  • All of the benefits of Curator PLUS:
  • Invitation for two to attend one additional Science Afterhours event (total of four)
  • Opportunity to participate in special interest groups at the Museum by invitation only

$24,270 is tax deductible

 

President's Society $50,000

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  • All of the benefits of Discoverer PLUS:
  • Private, weekday behind-the-scenes tour, followed by tea and cookies in a private Museum space with your expert tour guide (according to availability)
  • Invitation to a reception hosted by the Museum President at a private residence

$49,190 is tax deductible

 

Chairman's Circle $75,000

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  • All of the benefits of President's Society PLUS:
  • Invitation to Chairman's Circle Dinner with the Museum President and Chairman of the Board

$74,000 is tax deductible

 

Under federal tax rules, grants by donor-advised funds (DAFs) and private foundations cannot be used for memberships in which the donor-advisors or disqualified persons receive more than an incidental benefit. Please contact your tax advisor 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.