Membership to a museum or nature center is a perfect holiday gift. Here are some of the membership packages offered by some of Milwaukee-area's top destinations.

 Betty Brinn Children's Museum 

929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

(414) 390-5437, bbcmkids.org

Membership includes:

  • Unlimited FREE admission for one year for two adults and all children under 18 in the household or grandchildren.
  • A discount on parking at the O'Donnell Park garage
  • Discounts on museum parties and event tickets.
  • 10 percent off at the museum's gift shop
  • Members-only communications

Membership levels:

A: $70 (new and gift sale price): Includes benefits above.

B: $85 (new and gift sale price): Includes the benefits above plus 4 museum guest passes and a choice of a caregiver or guest benefit.

C: $125 (new and gift sale price): Includes level B benefits plus a 50 percent discount on general admission to nearly 200 children's museums nationwide, 6 guest passes and 4 free parking passes.

 Boerner Botanical Gardens

9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners

(414) 525-5653, boernerbotanicalgardens.org

Membership includes:

  • Free admission to the gardens for a year
  • 10 percent discount in the FBBG Gift Shop
  • 10 percent discount in Nell's Garden Cafe
  • Discounts on FBBG classes and events
  • In Season newsletter
  • Membership appreciation event
  • Reciprocal admissions to over 300 American Horticultural Society Gardens

Membership levels ideal for families:

Individual plus one: $50, two membership cards plus two one-time guest passes

Family: $65, two membership cards good for two adults and three children under 17 and five one-time guest passes

Garden friend: $100, two membership cards good for two adults and three children under 17 plus 5 one-time guest passes

 Discovery World

500 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee

(414) 765-8620, discoveryworld.org

Membership includes:

  • One year of free admission to Discovery World's Reiman Aquarium and interactive exhibits 
  • Access to the Kohl's Design It! Lab 
  • Reduced rates and advanced registration on programs, including Summer Camp
  • Discounts on passes for Day Sails aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan
  • Advance notice of upcoming events, classes and special membership days
  • Flat rate parking in the underground garage
  • Exclusive viewing and building access for the Milwaukee Lakefront Fireworks and Big Bang Fireworks
  • Reciprocal admission to over 300 science and technology centers throughout the world, including the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and The Adler Planetarium in Chicago

Membership options:

Individual: $45

Dual: $65, admission for two

Family: $99, admission for two adults plus all children under 18 in the household

Grandparents: $99, admission for two grandparents and all grandchildren under 18

Dual Plus: $95, dual membership plus another adult (i.e., babysitter or nanny)

Family Plus: $129, family membership plus another adult  (i.e., babysitter or nanny) or guest

 Milwaukee Art Museum

700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee

(414) 224-3284, mam.org

Membership includes: 

  • Free admission and unlimited access to feature exhibitions for one year
  • Free admission to Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays, MAM After Dark, gallery talks and lectures
  • Invitations to the Member Opening Celebration for each feature exhibition
  • Reduced rates on classes, screenings and pre-purchased parking passes
  • The opportunity to join Museum support groups
  • A one-year subscription to the member magazine
  • A 10 percent discount on Museum Store purchases, plus seasonal double discounts and Member Shopping Rewards throughout the year
  • A 10 percent discount in all three cafes

Membership options ideal for families:

Family or Dual: $85, free admission for two adults and children 17 and younger

Art Advocate: $175, free admission for two adults and children 17 and younger, reciprocal membership at more than 60 museums nationwide, 50 percent off guest admission, and access to Lakefront Festival of Art VIP First Look

 Milwaukee County Zoo

10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee

(414) 258-2333, zoosociety.org

Membership includes:

  • Free admission for a year
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 150 zoos and aquariums nation-wide
  • Discounts on Zoological Society education classes and camps
  • Members-only discounts on fundraising events
  • Wild Things newsletter 
  • Members-only events
  • Alive magazine
  • Members-only discounts in the Zoo’s gift shops
  • Exclusive members-only discounts on the Oceans of Fun, Inc. interactive programs
  • Members-only field trips to other zoos, aquariums and places of interest
  • Free parking for one vehicle per day when upgraded to Zoo Pass Plus

Membership levels ideal for families:

Family: $85/$135*, admission for two adults and children 17 and younger in the same household

Single adult family: $85/$135*, admission for two adults and children 17 and younger

Family+1 guest: $100/$150*, same as family plus one additional guest each visit

Family+2 guests: $115/$165*, same as family plus two additional guests each visit

Family+3 guests: $136/$180*, same as family plus three additional guests each visit

Affiliate: $250/$300*, same as family plus four additional guests each visit, four additional guest passes and an education class certificate

Benefactor: $350/$400*, same as family plus four additional guests each visit, six additional guest passes, an education class certificate and a behind-the-scenes walking tour for six

*Zoo Pass Plus includes parking

Milwaukee Public Museum

800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee

(414) 278-6170, mpm.edu

Membership includes: 

  • Free general admission for one year
  • Free or discounted tickets to any regularly scheduled film or show at the Dome Theater
  • Free admission to more than 300 museums worldwide
  • Free evening member events, such as Halloween Hauntings and MPM Inside Out
  • Clue Crew Kids Club membership
  • A subscription to the member newsletter and monthly eNewsletter
  • Discounts on special exhibitions and members-only viewings
  • Discounts on parking and purchases at MPM shops and cafe
  • Discounts on museum camps, lectures and other public programs
  • Free stroller or wheelchair rental (one per visit)

Membership levels:

Dual: $65/$90*, two people

Family & Friends: $115/$150*, two adults and all children under 17 or 1 adult and three guests

Plus caregiver: $30, admission for one adult not listed on the membership card to bring member children

Access to Adventure: Reduced membership for families who qualify

*Patron membership includes the museum, theater and planetarium

 Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee

(414) 352-2880, schlitzaudubon.org

Membership includes:

  • Free admission for one year
  • A subscription to the center’s seasonal publication
  • Discounts on programs and events
  • Discount at the Nature Store
  • Preferred or free admission to more than 180 nature centers in the United States and Canada
  • Priority registration for our preschool and summer camps
  • Free admittance to Bird Club and Raptor Saturday
  • Free snowshoe rentals for use on trails

Membership levels ideal for families:

Individual +2: $65, individual membership plus two guests

Family: $60, 2 parents, children and grandchildren

Family +2: $75, family membership plus two additional guests

 Urban Ecology Center

1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee

(414) 964-8505, urbanecologycenter.org

Membership includes:

  • Free equipment lending: canoes, kayaks, snowshoes, tents, bicycles, wheelbarrows and more for a year.
  • Discounts on programs for all ages.
  • Email updates and announcements of spontaneous happenings, such as meteor showers, bird sightings, members-only events, etc.

Membership levels:

Family: $45, two adults, all children or grandchildren under 18 and one guest

Wehr Nature Center

9701 W. College Ave., Franklin

(414) 425-8550, friendsofwehr.org

Membership includes:

  • Discounts on programs and events for one year
  • Notification about upcoming events and early registration
  • Discount on Nature Store purchases
  • FREE parking

Membership levels:

Regular family: $35

Volunteer family: $30, 50 hours of volunteering

Supporting family: $100

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