The Holiday Gift That Lasts

By Moriah Shtull, Membership Services Associate

Make the wonder of the season last all year with an Academy gift membership!

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone special on your holiday list? Why not give them an entire year of fun, learning, and new experiences at the Academy? We’re really excited about what we’ve got in store for our members in 2015, and now is the perfect time to give a membership (or become a member yourself!).

This winter, warm up in Chocolate: The Exhibition, presented by Mars Chocolate North America, open through January 24. Chocolate traces the intriguing story of this “food of the gods” from its origin as a unique rain forest tree to the sensuous sweet millions of people crave today. Keep your eyes open for special American Heritage Chocolate Days that are free for members!

Up next in February, get ready to be wowed by Titanoboa: Monster Snake. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Just how big is this snake?! Titanoboa cerrejonensis was the largest snake in the world at 48 feet long and weighing 2,500 pounds. In this special exhibit, you will stand eye-to-eye with a full-scale model of this massive predator. Crawl the length of the snake in the Titanoboa Challenge, see live snakes, and check out authentic snake specimens from the depths of the Academy’s collections. You’ll have to see it to believe it!

Have we convinced you yet? In May, prepare yourself for the grossest of the gross in Animal Grossology! This is guaranteed to be the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest exhibit in Philadelphia this year. Did you know that the dung beetle is considered nature’s original pooper scooper? Explore everything you aren’t allowed to discuss at the dinner table! Do your kids or grandkids want to talk about poop, pellets, scales, and hairballs? We’ve got you covered.

An Academy membership is a tremendous value. Starting at just $99, a family will receive unlimited free general admission for A YEAR. We just gave you three great reasons to come explore, and that’s only what’s coming up in the next six months!

So, what else is free with an Academy membership?

  • Free admission to Academy festival favorites like Paleopalooza and Bug Fest
  • Free reciprocal admission to over 300 other science and technology centers through ASTC (at the Family Plus level and above)
  • Free members-only Kids Club for kids under age 12
  • Free members-only events such as exhibit previews and our annual Members’ Night

Plus, you’ll receive discounts on Academy Spring Break and Summer Camps, birthday parties, parking and more! Whew! That’s a lot of bang for your buck, right? Let’s get to it then.

Purchase a gift membership today.

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