Discovery Park of America Adds Benefits to the Membership Program

Beginning May 2021, the one-time price of a Discovery Park membership will increase from $1,000 to $1,500, and new benefits have been added to the program. Until May 2021, a lifetime membership can still be purchased for $1,000. Existing members may also upgrade their child or adult to a lifetime membership by paying the difference between their current level and $1,000 until April 30, 2021. After May 1, 2021, upgrades can be made by paying the difference between the current level and $1,500. These are all one-time payments. $500 of the one-time lifetime membership fee goes to the Kirkland Scholarship Fund that provides complimentary tickets to visit Discovery Park at no cost to qualifying school groups and foster families.

Additionally, many new benefits have been added to the program that greatly increases its value to members.


  • NEW Acknowledgment of $500 gift to the Kirkland Scholarship Fund
  • *Unlimited admission to the museum and heritage park
  • NEW **Unlimited admission to all special attractions
  • NEW Unlimited admission to all ticketed temporary exhibits
  • NEW 10 complimentary guest tickets to Discovery Park annually for the lifetime of the member
  • Access to members only programs and events
  • Presale opportunities for programs and events
  • NEW Name included on Discovery Park’s partner wall in the lobby
  • NEW Access to the Trapper’s Cabin
  • 10% off in The Gift Shop
  • 10% off in Sabin’s Café

*Access dependent on Discovery Park’s hours of operation.
**Attractions currently include Cooper Tower, Starship Theater and the Earthquake Simulator. Tickets to the theater and simulator must be reserved at the ticket counter upon arrival. Specific time depends on availability. Discovery Park will occasionally update and change special attractions.

“Members are the heart of any museum,” said Scott Williams, president and CEO of Discovery Park. “Last year, after a survey with our current members, we added several levels for families. This new Lifetime Membership level is another good suggestion we received from a number of current members.”

There are many ways a Discovery Park membership of any level is a benefit for the member and a source of support for Discovery Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission of inspiring children and adults to see beyond. Members receive free entry to the museum and park and, while Discovery Park does receive a financial gift in payment for the membership, some of the biggest benefits come from other areas. Members are usually the biggest supporters of the mission of the museum and are often the way others find out about it. Members are also the most active group for non-profits like Discovery Park, and they often become volunteers or support the organization during fundraisers and other events.

You may join Discovery Park of America online. With questions, or to upgrade or renew your membership, please call 731-885-5455 or stop by the front ticket counter and one of our guest services associates will be happy to assist you.

Lifetime Member FAQ

Q. Is the children’s lifetime membership less expensive?
A. No, the children’s and adult’s lifetime memberships are both the same price.

Q. I was given a lifetime membership early in the history of Discovery Park. Do I qualify for these new benefits?
A. Yes, you are a lifetime member and will receive all the benefits.

Q. May I keep my family membership and add the benefits of the lifetime membership for myself?
A. Yes, you can pay the difference between the lifetime membership and the level of membership you have already purchased, however, when the original family membership expires, those family members will no longer be part of your lifetime membership and will need to renew as either an individual, as part of another new family membership or as a new lifetime member.

Q. I was a charter member and renew each year at the charter member rate. Can I upgrade to the lifetime membership?
A. Yes, you will simply pay the difference between a lifetime membership and an individual charter membership (Adult 18+: $50, Individual Child 4-17: $25).

Q. I want to give a lifetime membership as a gift. How do I do that?
A. Purchase a gift membership online, by calling 731-885-5455 or stopping by the front ticket counter.

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Please Note: If you wish to upgrade your current membership plan to a lifetime membership, please call 731-885-5455 or stop by the main ticket counter for assistance. 

Some photos were taken before the mask mandate.