Membership Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Absolutely! A Gift Membership may be purchased a few different ways — online, or with a Guest Service Assistant by phone or in-person. Gift Memberships include the same benefits as a standard Desert Museum membership. They are valid for one year from the date of purchase, extended to the end of the month.

To purchase online, select the level you would like to purchase and fill out the information for the person for whom you are purchasing the membership. An email will then be sent directly to them. Unfortunately, there is no customization for an online gift membership. If you have any questions, please call Guest Services at 520-883-1380 ext. 7100.

A Desert Museum membership is valid for one-year from the date of purchase, extended to the end of the month. (Example: A membership purchased on October 1, 2024 will expire on October 31, 2025)

Desert Museum memberships in the Dual category or higher offer the option to name both adults on the membership OR list the second adult as a “Guest.” This allows the named member to bring any one person with them at each visit for the duration of their membership. Additionally, Desert Museum memberships (excluding Student) include single-use admission tickets to use for guest admission.

Admission to the Desert Museum is valid only for the named member(s) listed on the membership account. If you elected the “Guest” option at the time of purchase, any one person may visit the Museum with you, or alone if the card is present.

Depending on your level of membership, your membership gift (less the fair market value of the goods and services received) could be considered tax deductible for income tax purposes. Please consult your tax professional for guidance in making final determinations.

While we are proud to be an AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) accredited organization, the Desert Museum does not currently participate in the AZA Reciprocity Program or offer reciprocal benefits to other institutions.

Children and grandchildren (age 17 and under) of the named adult member(s) are included on Desert Museum memberships in the Family category or higher. Youth must be accompanied by an adult member. See the Desert Museum Membership page for additional information regarding membership categories & benefits.

Of course! Simply present a photo ID at one of the ticket windows on our front patio and a Guest Service Assistant will be happy to validate your membership for admission and print a replacement card upon request. After a replacement card is printed, your previously issued cards will no longer be valid.

Yes! We think you would love being a member of our Pack, but we understand if you want to see for yourself before joining. You may apply the cost of your admission tickets to the purchase of a membership the day of your visit. The number of tickets that may be applied depends on the membership category.

Student / Individual: Apply up to 1 adult admission ticket.

Dual: Apply up to 2 adult admission tickets.

Family / Turquoise / Copper / Silver / Gold: Apply up to 2 adult & 2 youth admission tickets.

Present your admission tickets or receipt at a ticket window on your way out of the Museum and a Guest Service Assistant will be happy to help you Join Our Pack!

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