The Friends

Become a member and explore science and
natural history every day!

The value of your membership extends further than the benefits you receive.  Through your enrollment you are helping to support the development and maintenance of the exhibits in Morrill Hall, Trailside Museum of Natural History, and Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park; educational programs and outreach of the State Museum; preservation and collection of specimens and artifacts; and research on the natural history of Nebraska, the Great Plains, and the World.



Membership Benefits:

Unlimited free admission to Morrill Hall, Trailside Museum of Natural History, and Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. (Note: Each visit to Ashfall or Trailside requires a Nebraska State Park entry permit: $5 one-time/$26 annual)
Discounted admission to Mueller Planetarium.
(adults $2.50, kids $2.00)
10% discount on purchases from our gift shop.
10% discount on Museum birthday parties.
Free or reduced admission and/or discounts at thousands of museums belonging to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) “Passport” program. Science centers and museums located within 90 miles of each other are excluded from the program.
(Visit: www.astc.org for a list. Many museums belonging to American Association of Museums (AAM) also offer discounts, look for “accredited museums” at www.aam-us.org. Call ahead to member museums to see what reciprocal benefits they may offer.)
Free subscription to our quarterly newsletter,
The Mammoth
Invitations to Friends events, including receptions, exhibit openings and the annual meeting.
Voting rights at the annual meeting.
Your name listed in the Friends’ publications.

Upgrade your current Friends of the State Museum membership with a Smithsonian Affiliate Membership.

Add-on the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership to your current Friends Membership for $25. Contact the museum for more information.

Smithsonian subscriptions will be included as a benefit to all new and renewing members at the Fossil Funder level or above.
Subscription to Smithsonian Magazine OR Air & Space Magazine
10% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, Smithsonian Catalogue, and SmithsonianStore.com
10% discount on all Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Travel and study tour opportunities from Smithsonian Journeys
Free admission to the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
A personalized Smithsonian membership card
10% discount on all IMAX tickets at the Smithsonian
Welcome Package at all Smithsonian museum visitor information

Membership Categories:

Individual: $35*
Family: $50*
Family level memberships include two adults and their dependent children up to age 18 living in the same household OR two grandparents and their grandchildren up to age 18.
Tuskers Club: $60*
Receive 4 Planetarium passes
*Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Add-On: $25
(Smithsonian Membership complimentary at Fossil Funder level or higher) Choose your choice of magazine subscription: Smithsonian Magazine OR Air and Space Magazine
Fossil Funder: $100
Receive a complimentary Smithsonian Affiliate Membership, 6 Planetarium passes and lapel pin
Nautilus Club: $250
Receive a complimentary Smithsonian Affiliate Membership, 6 Planetarium passes and lapel pin, plus tote bag and mug
Scarab Society: $500
Receive a complimentary Smithsonian Affiliate Membership, 6 Planetarium passes and lapel pin, tote bag, mug, plus 2 guest passes to Museum
Mammoth Circle: $1000+
Receive a complimentary Smithsonian Affiliate Membership, 6 Planetarium passes and lapel pin, tote bag, mug, plus DONOR WALL RECOGNITION and 20% discount in gift shop for one year. You are also eligible for a guided tour of Morrill Hall. Please call to schedule.

Join the Friends Chapter at Ashfall Fossil Beds
for an additional $10/year

Memberships & donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.