Membership FAQ

Why should I become a Discovery Center member? Members are valuable partners to the Discovery Center and our mission. Our members enjoy exclusive benefits all year long at an affordable price. Family memberships pay for itself in just 3 visits. Members enjoy free admission during standard exhibitions & reduced admissions during special exhibitions! We and our members are passionate about our mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Our members are valuable partners that help us make the Treasure Valley a more scientifically literate place. We are excited to have you as a part of our smart, fun-loving community.

How do I become a member?  You can purchase your membership online, call us at 208-343-9895, or apply in person at 131 Myrtle Street in downtown Boise.

How do I renew my membership? You can renew your membership online, or call 208-343-9895, or renew in person during your next visit to the Center.

Can I purchase a gift membership for someone else? Yes! Way to give the gift of lifelong learning. Simply purchase a gift membership online, or call us at 208-343-9895. Gift membership forms are also available at the front desk.

What is a length of a membership term? Memberships are good for 1 full calendar year from the date of purchase. If you're renewing , please be assured that your new membership year will be activated when your current membership expires. There is never a penalty for renewing early.

What is considered a "family" for family membership levels? "Family" is defined as 2 adults and their children (under 18 years of age) residing in the same household.

When will I receive my membership card? A physical membership card can be purchased for an additional $2. If a card is lost or stolen we will reprint cards for a $5 fee. Please allow 1-2 weeks processing time.

Do I need my card to visit the Discovery Center? No, with a photo ID we can quickly and easily search your personal information in our system.

Can I give my membership card to others to use? Discovery Center memberships and member benefits are not transferable to other individuals or organizations. Cards may not be passed to friends, relatives or extended family for admission.

Can I bring guests on my membership when I visit the Center? Regular Discovery Center admission must be paid for guests.

Can my nanny or babysitter be admitted on my membership? An Add-On Member can be added to any membership for $20, perfect for a nanny, cousin or other individual (max. one per membership).

What other museums honor my Discovery Center membership? Complete Memberships include ASTC travelling benefits – free or reduced admission to 350+ science centers/museums worldwide! There are two restrictions to this rule: one, the museum must be at least 90 miles AWAY from the Discovery Center's address. Two, the museum must be at least 90 miles AWAY from your home address. Please check the ASTC Passport Program list of participating science centers and museums before you visit as museums opt in and out of ASTC membership annually. It's also a good idea to call the museum or science center you're planning on attending in advance, as some museums have blackout dates and restrictions.

Is my membership refundable? Memberships are not refundable.


How can I replace my lost membership card? Replacement cards are $5 and can be purchased here at our front desk or over the phone at 208-343-9895. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing.

How can I change names on my membership? The names listed on a membership may be changed at the front desk or over the phone at 208-343-9895. There is a $5 fee for name changes.

How can I change my address for my membership? To continue to receive all of your membership benefits, change your address with our Membership Office at 208-287-4225 or email us at

How do I hear about upcoming events and updates? The best way to stay in the loop is to subscribe to our emails and like us on Facebook. We don't share your email, and our updates are sent periodically depending on what's going on. You can also check out our Event Calendar online. If you use Gmail and you are not receiving our emails, check the promotions tab in your inbox.

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We encourage people of all ages to actively participate in activities that foster lifelong STEM learning. Educational programs like Young Discoverers and summer camps offer hands-on exploration, and we get to see adults rekindle their passion for the sciences during special events and exhibitions. And that, that spark of learning and excitement, is why we do what we do.

There are many ways that you can play a part in helping the Discovery Center of Idaho remain a viable, valued asset to our community. Donations from charitable individuals and corporate sponsors help fund special programs, new exhibits and more. Our volunteers, who give selflessly of their time and knowledge, enhance our guests' experiences. And you, the members of our community, play an important role when you purchase an admission ticket or membership. With your support, we can preserve and promote our mission.



We host a variety of events here at the Discovery Center of Idaho: Young Discoverers, Adult Nights, and friendly challenges among members and frequent visitors. No matter the age or activity, we have a lot of fun and are certain we have something on our calendar sure to entertain and create lasting memories.

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Do you love the Discovery Center? Do you want to support school field trips, in-house produced exhibitions, and STEM education in Idaho? Join Nerd Herd!

Nerd Herd is the Discovery Center's monthly giving program. The donations we receive through Nerd Herd directly support the Discovery Center's mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math. Support the Discovery Center every day of the year with Nerd Herd.

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Discovery Center membership is a rewarding experience for you and your family. Become a member and attend sneak previews of our new exhibitions, receive discounts on camps and birthday parties, and enjoy the Discovery Center every day of the year.

Join today and become part of our community. Together, we can achieve our mission to inspire lifelong interest and learning in STEM.

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  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    Main Office
    (208) 343-9895


  • General Inquiries and
    Membership Information


  • Discovery Center of Idaho
    131 W. Myrtle Street
    Boise, Idaho 83702


  • Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
    Monday: 10am - 5pm
    Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
    Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
    Thursday: 10am - 8pm
    Friday: 10am - 5pm
    Saturday: 10am - 5pm
    Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas


  • Members & Under 2 • Free*
    Youth 2-17 • $10
    Adults 18+ • $12
    Seniors • $11
    Military Personnel • $1 Off
    * Free admission during standard exhibitions & reduced admissions during special exhibitions

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