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Become a member.
It's the natural thing to do.

We believe that nature is the biggest exhibition of all. With the San Diego Natural History Museum, you can explore all that makes this region special.

For 148 years, we have been the storytellers of this incredibly diverse region we call home, and our members have been essential to that story every step of the way. Become a member of The Nat today and support our research and conservation efforts.

Join our community of passionate science enthusiasts and share in our discoveries. check out our membership levels to choose the one that's right for you.

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Prefer to renew via mail? Download the mail-in membership form.

For Current Members

We are so excited to welcome you to the Museum! To prepare you for your visit, please:

  • Download your Digital Membership Cards to your mobile wallet. A photo ID or printed membership card may also be used at check in. Quick tip: Search “wallet” or “pass” on your phone to locate your Digital Membership Cards.
  • Visit at your convenience. You do NOT need to reserve a ticket in advance; entrance will be first-come, first-served.

If you have questions about your membership before you visit, contact the Membership Department at or 619.255.0275.

Gift of Membership

Give the nature nut in your life something special with a gift of membership to The Nat. Members are a dedicated bunch who are inspired by the natural world and committed to preserving this amazing place we call home. Your loved ones will be thrilled to know their membership helps fund the Museum’s research projects and environmental education efforts. Gift recipients will receive:

  • Free general admission and unlimited free entry to films
  • 10% discount in the Museum Store and the Flying Squirrel Café
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Discounted tickets on lectures and after-hour events
  • Discounts on summer camps

Benefits & Levels

Become a member and experience something new every time you visit, from docent-led fossil encounters to live animal demonstrations. Members get free general admission, guest passes, invitations to member-exclusive events, and more.

Member Services

A resource for everything membership-related at The Nat. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about membership. More.

Member Events

Membership is more than just free general admission. From exclusive members-only events to exhibition previews and discounts on special programs, members get special access and insight to all of the exciting things happening at The Nat. More.