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Members' Night

Check back for updates on the 2019 Members' Night.

Free for members

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Members' Night

For one night each year, our researchers, scientists and educators welcome members behind the scenes for exciting activities that showcase what the Academy’s experts do every day! Meet our staff, see our collections and experience the breadth and depth of work that takes place behind the scenes at the museum. Check out the 2018 Members' Night program to learn more about this special event or view the photos on our blog. 

Not a member of the Academy? Join today! A family of five pays $105.65 in general admission each time they visit the museum. Pay one time membership dues of $119 and enjoy free, unlimited general admission and many more special member benefits and exclusive event invitations for the whole year. Click here for more information on membership and to join.

Learn about Members' Night

What is Members’ Night?

Members’ Night is a family-friendly, open house event where Academy members can explore both our public museum galleries and the collections and research labs that are located behind the scenes. During Members’ Night, Academy staff, scientists and researchers put together hands-on activities that highlight the work they do every day.

Is Members’ Night designed for a certain age group?

Members’ Night is a family-friendly event designed for all ages.

Is there a parking discount?

Yes! Park after 4 p.m. to receive $6 parking at the Logan Square Garage at 1815 Cherry Street.

Will the Café be open?

The Academy Café will be serving up fan favorites all night. There will be an additional snack station while supplies last.

Are there any timed activities or speakers?

Members’ Night is an open house event. When you arrive you will be given a program that lists all of the activities that you can participate in throughout the night. These activities will run continuously through the entire event, from 5–9 p.m. There are no timed speakers or timed activities and you can explore the Academy at your own pace.

What is the Members’ Choice Award?

Our staff, scientists and researchers are a competitive bunch! Every Members’ Night, they compete against each other for YOUR votes. As you participate in activities throughout the night, make special note of the activities that you really enjoyed. At the end of the night, vote for your favorite activity by placing your ballot in the boxes located at one of our entrances. We will tally up your votes and the staff member who created the activity that receives the most votes wins the prestigious Members’ Choice Award. They receive a trophy to display in their office—and bragging rights—for the next year.