Membership Policies

Effective February 1, 2014


At least one, but no more than two adult names must be listed as the Designated Adult(s) on each membership. When there are two Designated Adults on a membership, they must be members of the same household.

NOTE: We do not offer Memberships in the name of a child (under 17 years of age)

Memberships are non-refundable, and cannot be transferred or canceled before expiration. Memberships are for the exclusive use of those individuals designated on the cards coming from a single household.

NOTE: Cards presented by non-members are subject to confiscation.

Membership enrollment is accepted by phone 615-401-5057, at the Science Center ticket desk, and online.

NOTE: Affinity Discounts require verification of eligibility each year at time of purchase or renewal and are not available on-line.


Adventure Science Center is committed to making family learning accessible to more Tennessee families. Families that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, WIC) and the Families First/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANP) program are eligible for the Adventure Access Pass. NOTE: This is a general admission pass, not a membership. More info»

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Corrections Corporation of America.


TN Educator: Open to certified public/private K-12th grade school teachers, teachers at licensed/registered preschool facilities, independent home educators and faculty members of an accredited university or college.

Acceptable forms of Educator verification include: Faculty ID, LEA card, valid teaching license/certificate or recent pay stub. For independent home schoolers, copy of “Intent to Home School” form submitted to your local school district.

Military: Active Duty, Retiree or Reservist military ID card (DD Form 2 or 2A), Discharge papers (DD-214) or Military Dependent ID card (for spouse or children of Active Duty Military personnel) must be presented at time of purchase.

TN College Student: Open to students attending accredited Tennessee college or university. Please present current school photo ID at time of purchase.

NOTE: Affinity discounts require verification of eligibility each year at time of membership purchase or renewal. Limit one discount per membership. Not available on-line. Discount does not apply to Supporting memberships, Adventure Access Pass, multi-year memberships, add-on options or gift memberships.


Only children ages 2-18 living in your household are eligible to be included on your ASC membership. Full names and birthdates (mo/yr) for all eligible children must be listed on membership.


Grandparent Option allows grandparents who purchase a membership in their name to bring up to four (4) grandchildren per visit. A named grandparent must accompany child(ren) on each visit.


At least one Designated Adult must be present for any member visit. A Designated Adult must present membership card and proof of identity such as a valid driver’s license or other photo ID at the point of admission. The name on ID must match name indicated on membership. See Caregiver Policy for the only exception to this requirement.


Guests must be accompanied by a Designated Adult member cardholder.


Caregiver must be at least 18 years old. Caregiver is not a member but receives free admission when visiting with named Member Child(ren), only when the named cardholder is not present.
NOTE: Caregiver’s children are NOT covered under Caregiver Option.

When bringing children to the Science Center, EACH TIME the Caregiver must present: 1) valid membership card, e-confirmation or Membership Receipt showing Designated Adult name(s), address and CAREGIVER OPTION (actual or digital photo);  and 2) ID of  a Designated Adult named on the card.

Accepted forms of ID include: (photo copy or a digital photo accepted)

  • Photo driver license
  • Valid auto insurance card
  • Unexpired passport
  • Other government issued ID

Forms of ID not accepted include business cards, credit cards or personal notes.


When only one adult is designated on a membership only one membership card will be issued. When two adults are designated, two cards, each with both adult names, will be issued. This is for member convenience only, so that each adult can keep his or her own copy of the membership card.  Please allow up to 10 business day to receive your membership cards or replacement cards. This may be prolonged during peak seasons. For replacement card requests or questions, call 615-401-5057, or email us at


One replacement of lost or stolen membership card(s) will be complimentary. Any additional replacement cards will be assessed a $2 fee. No exceptions. We reserve the right to limit the number of times membership cards will be replaced in any given membership year.


Outside food or drinks are not allowed in the Science Center.  Food and drinks may be purchased at the Subway located in the Skyline Café on the second floor.  Visitors are welcome to enjoy brown bag lunches under the covered picnic area located off the lower parking lot.


Membership admission does not apply to school field trips and group visits.


Visitors and Members assume all risks and responsibilities; Adventure Science Center disclaims all liability. Science Center Management reserves the right to refuse admission, control occupancy or eject any person(s), without refund, whose conduct is deemed to be disorderly, inappropriate or offensive. Adventure Science Center reserves the right to prevent or suspend visitation on days other than those announced for any reason, including, but not limited to, reasons of urgent repair or maintenance and acts of nature, without liability of any kind. Visitors and Members may not commercially use any photography, videography, or reproduction in any form taken during any visit to the Science Center without prior written permission. Visitors and Members grant irrevocable permission to the Science Center and its agents to use his/her image, likeness, and/or sound recordings in any media whatsoever and without compensation. Purchase of a membership or general admission ticket constitutes acceptance of these terms.

Membership FAQ

Revised Feb. 1, 2014

General Membership Questions

Membership Options

Membership Cards

Membership Benefits

Reciprocal Membership Benefits

(ASTC Travel Passport Program)

Renewing your membership

Gift Memberships




General Membership Questions

Q: How do I purchase Adventure Science Center (ASC) membership?
A: You may join at the front desk on your first visit, go online, or by phone at (615) 401-5057. You can also apply your admission tickets towards a new membership at the Guest Services desk (restrictions apply)(Back to FAQ)

Q: How long will my membership last?
A: A membership is valid for one calendar year from the date of purchase. Members receive an ASC annual renewal notice when it is time to renew a membership. (Back to FAQ)

Q: When I buy a membership, when may I begin using it?
A: Your membership is valid at the time of purchase and may be used immediately. If you purchase the membership online, you will receive a confirmation email, which may be used as your proof of purchase. If you purchase your membership at the front desk, you will receive a temporary receipt. If you purchase a membership by mail, you may begin using your membership upon receipt of your membership cards. Please allow at least three (3) weeks for processing if you join by mail. (Back to FAQ)

Q: What are the basic benefits of membership?
A: Core benefits include free unlimited General Admission for one year, free or discounted admission to 300+ ASTC museums (view details), half-price Sudekum Planetarium tickets, discounted workshops, labs, camps and birthday parties, and more! Go to the Member Page for a complete list of benefits at each level. (Back to FAQ)

Q: Do I need to bring anything with me besides my membership card when I visit ASC?
A: Members must present a valid photo ID with valid membership card each visit to receive member benefits. (Back to FAQ)

Q: Are memberships tax deductible?
A: Our membership and Explorers Society levels qualify as a fully charitable deduction. The Caregiver add-on option is not tax-deductible. Below is a list of membership values for tax-deduction purposes. Consult with your tax advisor for more details.

Tax Deductible Amount
Apollo $49
Galileo $79
Voyager $109
Endeavour $149
Carver $250
Franklin $500
Galileo Donor Circle $723
DaVinci Donor Circle $2,097
Curie Donor Circle $4,751
Einstein Donor Circle $8,691