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Why become a member?

A Lowell Observatory membership is a ticket to the universe! When you become a member with us, you join our community in support of astronomical research, astronomy-centric STEM education, and broader outreach efforts. You’ll also stay updated on the latest Lowell news and keep your 10% discount in our Starry Skies Shop!

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Member Benefits

Free Admission

Every member receives free General Admission to Lowell Observatory—for up to 4 adults and all minor children, depending on membership level—and to Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Passport Program-participating science centers when you travel outside of your local area, while their membership is current. Planetary-level members and above also receive up to 4 guest passes per year, depending on membership level.

Member Discounts

Lowell Observatory members of all levels receive a 10% discount at the Starry Skies Shop, both in store and online, while their membership is current. Members can call the Steele Visitor Center at (928) 774-3358 for assistance with online orders.

All members also receive a 10% discount on Premium Access private stargazing experiences. To reserve a Premium Access experience, please contact our membership office at membership@lowell.edu or by calling (928) 255-5059.

Special Events

All members enjoy access to certain events that are open to members only (fees may apply), such as Member Meteor Madness, an after-hours program that occurs at the peaks of some meteor showers.

Members at the Planetary level and above receive access to additional special events, according to their level. These may include in-person or online member events, or webinars with Lowell astronomers and researchers. Pluto Circle members and above are invited to annual Pluto Circle Events.

Private Tours

Our highest-tier membership levels gain access to exclusive private tours or stargazing sessions, once per year, as part of their memberships.

  • Galaxy Circle members and above receive a private stargazing session at one of our 24″ telescopes.
  • Trustee Circle members and above may request one private tour of the observatory’s Anderson Mesa research site, home to the famed Perkins Telescope and the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer.
  • Discovery Circle members may request one private tour of the 4.3-meter Lowell Discovery Telescope, the 5th largest optical telescope in the continental United States.

The Lowell Observer

The Lowell Observer is a benefit of Lowell Observatory membership at all levels. Sent by email or printed quarterly, the Observer keeps members up to date on observatory happenings, from the latest research to upcoming events and exhibitions.

Membership Levels

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Individual
$50

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events

Dual
$65

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events

Family
$89

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 2 Guest Passes

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events

Planetary
$100

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 2 Guest Passes

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events

Lunar
$150

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 4 Guest Passes

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events + Astronomer Webinars

Stellar
$250

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 4 Guest Passes

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events + Astronomer Webinars

✓ Astronomical Calendar

Pluto Circle
$500

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 4 Guest Passes

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events + Astronomer Webinars

✓ Astronomical Calendar

✓ Pluto Circle Event

Galaxy Circle
$1000

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 4 Guest Passes

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events + Astronomer Webinars

✓ Astronomical Calendar

✓ Pluto Circle Event

✓ Private Stargazing with one of our 24″ telescopes

Trustee Circle
$2500

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 4 Guest Passes

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events + Astronomer Webinars

✓ Astronomical Calendar

✓ Pluto Circle Event

✓ Private Stargazing with one of our 24″ telescopes

✓ Private Tour of Anderson Mesa

Discovery Circle
$5000

✓ Free General Admission

✓ 4 Guest Passes

✓ 10% discount on Premium Access and in the Starry Skies Shop

✓ Members’ Events + Astronomer Webinars

✓ Astronomical Calendar

✓ Pluto Circle Event

✓ Private Stargazing with one of our 24″ telescopes

✓ Private Tour of Anderson Mesa

✓ Private Tour of the Lowell Discovery Telescope

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