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Becoming a Member

More science, more wildlife, more CuriOdyssey! Becoming a member gives you unlimited visits to our museum, zoo, and playground, as well as to our one-time and yearly exhibits such as IlluminOdyssey, and monthly events like First Friday Nights.

Your purchase of a CuriOdyssey membership helps us to inspire love for science and curiosity about the world to create a brighter future. Learn more about the different levels of CuriOdyssey membership below.

Please note that our Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Adults and child play with tabletop science exhibit at CuriOdyssey.

Membership for one named adult plus one unnamed guest.

Note: The named adult must be present and children are not included on this membership, though one child can visit as the member's guest each day. This membership level does not include registration access to our summer camp program as your children are not members.

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Membership for two named adults and all their kids or grandkids (under age 18).

  • Registration access to our members-only summer camp program*

Free for qualifying families.

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Membership for two named adults and all their kids or grandkids (under age 18), plus two unnamed guests.

  • Reciprocity at 400+ ROAM institutions
  • Registration access to our members-only summer camp program*

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Membership for two named adults and all their kids or grandkids (under age 18). plus four unnamed guests

  • An exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of CuriOdyssey tailored to your interests
  • Additional reciprocity at 400+ ROAM institutions
  • Registration access to our members-only summer camp program*

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Free for qualifying families. Membership for two named adults and all their kids or grandkids (under age 18).

  • Eligibility for our scholarship programs
  • Registration access to our members-only summer camp program*

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  • Free or reduced admission to 500+ science and wildlife centers
  • Free parking in designated lots when visiting CuriOdyssey
  • $8 off up to four guest tickets per visit in addition to any free guests your membership level offers
  • 10% off in the CuriOdyssey Shop
  • 10% off birthday party bookings
  • Free admission to First Friday Nights
  • Exclusive hours during IlluminOdyssey and free admission for named members
  • Member rates on select education programs and ticketed events

*Please note that CuriOdyssey Family, Family Plus, and Advocate membership levels do not guarantee a spot in our summer camps.

When do memberships begin?

Memberships (excluding certificates) are valid immediately after purchase and members do not have to wait to receive membership materials before visiting.

If you would like to visit before receiving your digital membership card, please show a photo ID at the front desk. You will need to pay the $6 county park entrance fee if you have not received your parking permit, or request a printed pass at the admissions window and place it on your car dashboard before entering the museum.

How long does it take to receive Membership Cards and parking permits?

Within 10–15 business days of purchasing your membership, you will receive two emails: a welcome email with your tax acknowledgment letter attached, which contains your parking permits at the bottom for you to print and cut out, and a separate email to download your digital membership cards.

Are membership dues tax deductible?

Your membership donation is fully tax deductible. Please consult a tax professional for advice on tax deductions. The document attached to your welcome email sent 10–15 business days after purchase is a tax acknowledgement letter.

If your employer matches donations, please submit your membership purchase to double your impact.

Essential Parking Information

Do I have to pay a vehicle fee?

Members must pay the Coyote Point vehicle fee if any of these situations apply:

  • Member cannot show a valid parking pass to the ranger at the gatehouse
  • Member is not visiting CuriOdyssey
  • Member visits on a day or time we are closed
  • Member parks in an undesignated lot

The vehicle entrance fee is paid directly to and directly supports the county park.

How do I get my parking permits?

Your parking permits are at the bottom of the welcome letter, attached to your member information email, which you should receive within 10–15 business days of your transaction. Please print your welcome letter and cut the parking passes out.

If you visit us in person we can give you pre-printed parking passes; however, you must go back to your vehicle and place the parking permit on your vehicle's dashboard before entering. If you would like your parking permits mailed to you, please contact [email protected].

How do I use my parking permits?

Please show a valid membership card and a parking permit to the ranger at the gate, otherwise, you will be asked to pay for parking. If there is no ranger present, you may drive through. You must display the parking pass on your vehicle's dashboard for the permit to be valid.

Members can park in the three lots nearest to CuriOdyssey when they visit, marked in yellow on the park map (PDF).

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1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
Ohlone Land Acknowledgement
[email protected]

CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID 94-1262434

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The gold standard for animal care and welfare.
ASTC Member. Association of Science and Technology Centers.
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