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Membership FAQ’s

We would enjoy having your support and we know you’ll enjoy visiting our museum for free!

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

An online deal for membership via Groupon is available for purchase from November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021.  To receive the full benefit of this deal, purchased membership vouchers must be redeemed in person, during regular operating hours, at our ticket desk by a ticket agent, no later than February 28, 2021.  Keep informed of our latest hours by checking our website.

Membership vouchers will be redeemed for the four-person Adventurer Level for $75 and can be upgraded to a higher level on site, allowing more member admits. You can upgrade at any time during your 12-month cycle.  Upgrades are sold in $25 increments.  Vouchers cannot be used to purchase a lower level of membership.  Please review our levels to find one right for your group.  Children under three years old are free and do not count toward membership admits.

Any one of our ticket agents on site can help you redeem a voucher.  Please indicate if you have an active membership already or had a membership in the past.  All will be asked to complete a form asking for name, spouse name (optional/if applicable), address, email and phone.  You will have the option to be emailed or mailed a member card.

Things to Remember:

  • You have until 01/31/2021 to purchase a voucher and through 02/28/2021 to redeem that voucher at the current offer.
  • We do not redeem vouchers over the phone, fax, email or via the mail.  No exceptions.
  • Membership vouchers cannot be applied toward past membership purchases (made before your current voucher purchase), including renewals.
  • Vouchers can be purchased as gifts through the Groupon website.
  • Membership voucher redemptions require an in person completed membership form.
  • Membership vouchers cannot be stacked for multiple, renewed years of continuous membership.  Multiples will be redeemed and run for the same number of months (not combinable for an upgraded membership level).
  • You can use a membership voucher to extend a current or renew an existing active or lapsed membership.  Be aware of your current or last level in case an upgrade or downgrade is required. Redemption requirements above apply, even for renewals.
  • Spouses can redeem membership vouchers.  They must complete a member form on site.  We do not list caregivers, au pairs or baby sitters, (even if family members) on a member record but they CAN redeem your voucher w/a signed note from you, authorizing membership use.
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.