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The King of Dinosaurs

Leadership Circles

Making Discovery Possible

Your Leadership Circles membership significantly impacts the Museum's ability to achieve its mission. You and fellow members share a love of nature and belief in the value of the Museum's work—from scientific discovery and education to conservation and sustainability. Your membership makes discovery possible. As a Leadership Circles member, you are a partner in the important mission of this world-class Museum, and we invite you to enjoy these exclusive benefits.

Imagine the discoveries you'll make

As a Leadership Circles member, you are among the first to receive news about the Museum's work, our progress and upcoming plans among other unique benefits. Upper level membership provides opportunity for experiences you can't have anywhere else, as well as engagement with Museum staff through behind-the-scenes access for you, your friends and family.

Leadership Circles benefit overview

Depending on your level, Leadership Circles members enjoy:

  • Behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive access to collections
  • Insider information, publications and announcements
  • Once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities through our Global Discovery Program
  • Exhibition previews and receptions
  • Special events such as galas, celebrations and private dinners
  • Museum membership and visitor perks

Leadership Circles levels and benefits

Circle Level Benefits Donation Amount
Explorer's Circle
  • Invitation to the annual Insider's Briefing to learn of the Museum's progress from our Director and Curators

  • Subscription to the Museum Director's news updates to hear first and in real time about new discoveries and major Museum initiatives
  • Invitation to unique behind-the-scenes tours and special events throughout the year
  • Exclusive previews of new exhibits before they go on view to the public with dynamic social events and receptions
  • Explore incredible locations throughout the United States and around the world with a Museum Curator through the Museum's Global Discovery Program at the Explorer's level
  • A full year of free admission to the Museum, free parking and discounts on programs, shopping and dining
$2,000 to $4,999
Discoverer's Circle Benefits of the Explorer's Circle level, plus the following:

  • Private, customized visits to the Museum throughout the year when you have guests or interests that prompt a very special, individualized Museum experience
  • Once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities with a Museum Curator and the Director through the Global Discovery Program at the Discoverer's level
  • Discover our Perkins Wildlife Center and learn about our live animals like never before with planned and customizable experiences
  • Gift of a beautiful, archival print featuring work from the Museum's collection annually selected by the Director
$5,000 to $9,999
Director's Circle Benefits of the Discoverer's Circle level, plus the following: 
  • Exclusive stargazing nights in the Museum's observatory and planetarium when you are interested in a special entertainment option for friends and contacts
  • Unforgettable experiences to mark milestones in your life and for your friends and family, such as turning the page of the Museum's rare Audubon portfolio
  • Opportunities for you or your children or grandchildren to be a Scientist for a Day, exploring alongside Museum curators and staff based on your area of interest
  • Invitations to meetings with the Museum Director to hear about new initiatives and engage in reaction and discussion
  • Discounts on entertaining privileges at the Museum
$10,000 to $24,999
President's Circle Benefits of the Director's Circle level, plus the following: 
  • Individualized, staff-led adventures in the Museum's natural areas and field sites for you and your special guests
  • Invitations to dinners in the Museum Director's home to hear of new initiatives and engage in reaction and discussion

To become a Leadership Circles member, please call our Member VIP Line at 216-231-2131 or email