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Membership FAQ’s

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How does the recent closure impact my Maryland Science Center membership?

The Maryland Science Center’s closure due to the pandemic has had a negative impact on our financial structure. Guaranteed spring and summer revenue was lost in many areas. Federal and state funding is in danger. To consider our fundraising efforts crippled would not be an understatement but they have not ceased altogether. Our fundraising has been buoyed by the continuing support of member households (like you!), corporate partners and individual donors.

With the above in mind, we ask our current General Members to consider the following:

If you would like to keep your original membership expiration date we would be so grateful – membership revenue sustains the institution and the work we do. We understand, however, that some may want an extension of their current membership to cover the period of closure.

We will grant an extension of up to three months (depending on the expiration date of your current membership) the next time you visit the Maryland Science Center.

Once we reopen, Thursday, July 2, 2020, we can only offer this extension on-site at the Maryland Science Center, not by email or mail. This offer is pro-rated to members that expired March-June 2020. Ask to speak with a representative the next time you visit. We will continue to consider these in-person, case by case extension requests throughout the year. Requests made for extensions will not be considered after December 31, 2020. There will be no refunds of past membership dues. This includes memberships begun or renewed using a purchased Groupon. Going forward, renewals will continue to be for a full twelve month period of membership, which includes the benefit of free adult and child exhibit admission every day we are open to the public.

We appreciate the support of our members during this difficult time. Many kindly expressed that they would like to donate the unused portion of their memberships to our annual fund rather than receive an extension. Some, without question, renewed at their original term and price during closure; all proof that Maryland Science Center Members are generous and loyal. These contributions are desperately needed as we safely reopen and continue our mission to deliver imaginative and innovative informal science education experiences.

To learn more about our reopening, please visit our COVID-19 Policy page.

And to order your free Maryland Science Center Member tickets, visit and sign in using the link below:

Reserve Tickets

How long do memberships last?

Maryland Science Center Membership is for a year.  Memberships expire the last day of the month purchased.  If you bought on the 15th, it would expire on the last day of that month, 12 months later.

What are the prices for your memberships?

Membership Prices range from $100 for the individual Explorer Level to $275 for the Pioneer +2 Level for 10 admits. Member benefits are the same across the board but our Membership Levels vary in price as they include more people. To learn more, please visit our levels pricing page.

Do you have a “Family” Membership?

Our Membership Levels are based on the number of people in your group. We don’t label our memberships as Individual, Family, Grandparent, etc. because you can visit the museum with friends and neighbors. When you purchase a membership it is for you and/or your spouse/domestic partner to use exclusively. Member benefits are non-transferable. You choose the level that best fits your group size. Anyone over your level will pay full price to enter the museum. Children under the age of three are free of charge. Children under the age of three do not count toward your total admits.

How do I purchase a Maryland Science Center Gift Membership?

Maryland Science Center Gift Memberships are available online here.

Online Gift Memberships go into effect immediately after your transaction is approved and you have received your emailed purchase confirmation.  Please have all of the information regarding your recipient on hand including a preferred address, phone number and email.

OR you may choose to purchase a Gift Membership Certificate available in person at our ticket desk or over the phone at 410-685-2370.

Recipients of Maryland Science Center Gift Membership Certificates have twelve months from your purchase date to redeem in person at our ticket desk. We do not record any of your recipient’s information until the gift certificate is redeemed. Their 12 month membership will begin the minute it is redeemed. This applies to new members and renewing members. Membership Gift Certificates can also be upgraded by your recipient right at our ticket desk in $25.00 increments. Membership Gift Certificates are sold in the amount of our Membership Levels.

Does Maryland Science Center Membership cover guests?

The membership level you choose allows a set number of people, including the cardholder, into the museum at the member rate. Any person over your level will pay full priced admission.

View levels and their allowed number of guests here.

Do I list everyone on my membership and how many cards will I be receiving?

The only people we list on a membership account are the primary cardholder and that person’s spouse. We mail two identical member cards out per membership. Your cards will reflect the level and total number of admits allowed per day on that membership level.

Can I list my caregiver/aupair/nanny on the membership?

We do not list these individuals on the membership account. Your caregiver/aupair/nanny can visit the Maryland Science Center under your membership but s/he must present your member card and a note authorizing use of your membership for that day.

Is the Kids Room or Planetarium included in my Membership?

All Membership Levels allow free admission into our exhibit halls. These include the Planetarium, Observatory, Kids Room and other exhibits.

How can I purchase a Maryland Science Center Membership?

You can purchase a Maryland Science Center Membership online, via the phone at 410-545-5981, or in person.

Can I use my Maryland Science Center Member card to visit other museums? Where can I use my member card?

We are part of the Association of Science/Technology Centers’ Passport Program – offering reciprocal admission to our members when they travel to museums across the world like the Maryland Science Center. To find a museum in this program, please click here. Make sure to call ahead to the museum you’ll be visiting. You’ll want to find out what exactly their reciprocal admission includes.

I have a Groupon Membership Voucher! How do I redeem it?

Posted March 2020 – Going forward regarding our Groupon Membership Vouchers.

The 2019-2020 Groupon Maryland Science Center Membership Voucher is no longer for sale and no longer redeemable in person at for a yearlong Membership without additional charge. However, the vouchers are still active and redeemable in person, for one of two options:

OPTION 1 – A one day/day of visit to the Maryland Science Center. Visitors present their voucher as a $75.00 off ticket coupon in person at our ticket desk during regular operating hours to receive this offer. Ticket coupon offer is worth up to $75.00 in day of use tickets. Cannot be combined with other offers, not redeemable for cash and cannot be used for upgrades or toward past purchases. Redeemable only once, in person at our ticket desk during regular operating hours. Tickets issued do not include premium IMAX.

OPTION 2 – A $75.00 credit towards the purchase of any 12-month Maryland Science Center General Membership Level of your choice. The voucher serves as a coupon and must be presented in person at our ticket desk during Maryland Science Center museum operating hours. Visitor is responsible for the balance of whatever membership level they choose. Cannot be combined with other offers, offer is not redeemable for cash.

General Membership Groupon Voucher Prices are:

  • $25 for a 12-month Explorer Level for 1 (full price: $100)
  • $50 for a 12-month Voyager Level for 2 (full price: $125)
  • $75 for a 12-month Adventurer Level for 4 (full price: $150)
  • $100 for a 12-month Discoverer Level for 6 (full price: $175)
  • $125 for a 12-month Discoverer +1 Level for 7 (full price: $200)
  • $150 for a 12-month Pioneer Level for 8 (full price: $225)
  • $175 for a 12-month Pioneer +1 Level for 9 (full price: $250)
  • $200 for a 12-month Pioneer +2 Level for 10 (full price: $275)

We do not redeem or process vouchers over the phone, fax, email or via the mail. No exceptions. Vouchers cannot be stacked for multiple years of continuous membership. If two were purchased, two will be redeemed and run for the same number of months. Vouchers can extend a current or renew an existing lapsed membership by 12 months. Be aware of your current or last active level in case an upgrade is needed. Any one of our ticket agents can help you in person during our regular, public, museum operating hours. Indicate if you already have an existing active membership OR have had a membership in the past. You will be asked to complete a member form asking for your name, spouse name, if applicable, address, email and phone. You will have the option to either be emailed or mailed a member card. Adding a preferred email speeds up member card delivery. Spouses can redeem Groupon Membership Vouchers for the above options. They must also fill out an application. The only other name on a Maryland Science Center Membership account at all levels is a spouse. We do not list caregivers, baby sitters, or other family members. If you intended the voucher as a gift but did not forward to your gift recipient via the Groupon website, the voucher must still be redeemed in person. When you arrive, complete an application with the necessary gift recipient information. No exceptions.

Again, Groupon Membership Vouchers are no longer redeemable for a yearlong membership without cost. The voucher has a credit worth $75.00 you can use to purchase a yearlong membership OR redeem for a day of visit for four patrons (adult or child). Voucher has no cash value. Children under three are free for all and do not count toward member admits. Any further questions phone 410-545-5981 or email