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Frequently Asked Membership Questions
What does it cost to become a member?
Basic family memberships are available in three levels to suit the size of your family.
- Family I – $65 (admission for one adult, one child)
- Family II – $85 (admission for one cardholder and four guests)
- Family III – $100 (admission for up to one cardholder and seven guests)
You may name two cardholders on your membership. Both cardholders must reside at the same household. A cardholder must be present for the visit in order to receive benefits of membership. Please present your photo identification along with your member card for free admission and Museum Store discount.
What are the benefits of LCM family membership?
As a member, your family will enjoy:
- Unlimited, free general admission for one year
(The number of free admissions is based on the level of your family membership. For example: Family I – 1 adult, 1 child; Family II – Up to 5 visitors; Family III – up to 8 visitors.)
- The option to name a caregiver or grandparent
- A 10% discount in the Museum Store
- A free subscription to Hands On!, the LCM’s quarterly newsletter and calendar of events
- Advance notice of LCM programs and special events
- Discounts on camps, workshops, educational programs and special event tickets including the Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party, Children’s World’s Fair and Museum Mash.
- Members-only events
- Discounted price on birthday parties
- Two membership cards
- Unlimited, free general admission for one year
Can I purchase a membership instead of paying admission when we visit?
You can purchase a membership at our front desk when you arrive. Or, you can apply the cost of your admission toward the purchase of a membership before you leave, that same day.
How soon can I use the membership I’ve purchased?
Use your benefits the same day you purchase/renew your membership. If you purchase/renew your membership in person, your receipt will serve as your temporary pass to use until you receive your official membership card via mail. If you purchase online or over the phone, your confirmation email with transaction receipt will serve as your temporary pass. You should receive your official membership card within 14 business days of your purchase.
Why do I have to present identification with my membership card each time I visit?
Membership benefits are not transferable. At least one cardholder must be present to receive his/her benefits of membership and therefore, photo identification is required.
Can my caregiver/sitter use my membership to bring my children for a visit to the LCM?
Yes – each level comes with the option to name a caregiver or grandparent. Your named caregiver or grandparent will be in our system for the front desk attendee to check. The caregiver or grandparent must present:
- Your membership card
- His/Her Photo I.D. or driver’s license
If someone other than the named caregiver or grandparent is bringing your children for a visit, they must present the above with a note from the cardholder.
I lost my cards. What should I do?
Call (504) 266-2417 to request a replacement card by phone or ask at the time of your next visit.
Why haven’t I received my card?
Membership cards are usually mailed within 14 business days to the address designated on the membership application. Due to demand, holidays, etc., it may take longer. If you do not receive your card after one month, please call (504) 266-2417 to verify the address we have on file.
Can I bring my nephew/niece or a friend with us when we visit and use my membership card?
The total number of guests that may accompany your family for a visit to the LCM depends only on the level of the family membership you purchased:
- Family I – $65 (admission for 1 adult, 1 child)
- Family II – $85 (admission for up to 5 visitors)
- Family III – $100 (admission for up to 8 visitors)
For example: If you are a family of four and have purchased a Family II membership, free admission would be extended to you, your spouse, your two children and a guest (total of 5 visitors).
Please note: A cardholder(s) must be present for the visit in order to receive benefits of membership. You must present your photo identification along with your member card for free admission and Museum Store discount.
Can I give my card to my friend so that he/she can bring their family to the LCM?
No. A cardholder(s) must be present for the visit in order to receive benefits of membership. You must present your photo identification along with your member card for free admission and Museum Store discount.
Can I purchase/renew a membership over the phone?
Call (504) 266-2417 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.) to purchase or renew your membership by phone.
I’m a member of a children’s museum in my hometown. Can I use it at the LCM for discount admission?
If you are a current contributing level member at a children’s museum that participates in the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Membership Program or the Association of Science and Technology Centers Passport Program, simply present your museum membership card with an ACM or ASTC logo sticker on the back (issued by your own museum) for discounted admission to the LCM.
*PLEASE NOTE: Members of the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center and members of the Louisiana Art and Science Center MUST pay admission as per the residency agreement the LCM has with both Museums.
Can I use my LCM membership for free admission at other children’s museums?
LCM Contributing Level Members are eligible to participate in the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Membership Program and the Association of Science and Technology Centers Passport Program with access to over 150 children’s museums and 290 science and technology centers across the U.S. Check the ACM Reciprocal Membership list and the ASTC Passport Program list you received with your member card for participating museums or go to www.childrensmuseums.org or www.astc.org to learn more.
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to residency policies, contributing members do not receive free admission to the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond or the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge.
Can I purchase a membership or passes to give as a gift?
LCM memberships and admission passes make great gifts for family and friends — a gift that gives all year long. LCM members receive a 10% discount on the purchase of gift memberships. Call (504) 266-2417 to learn more or purchase a gift membership or passes by phone.