Why was The Hive program discontinued?
After considerable thought and shifting resources the Academy will be sunsetting the Hive program. While Hive-specific programming will end, we are excited to offer Hive members the opportunity to upgrade to our Friends Circle donor level (equivalent to a $1,500 donation).

What’s included in the Friends Circle membership?
Benefits include membership benefits, plus:

Museum access

  • Complimentary admission for up to 6 adults and accompanying children (17 and younger)
  • Express entry throughout the building (see map)
  • Complimentary admission to NightLife (21+ with ID) for up to 6 adults
  • Personal assistance with live phone support
  • Optional admission card for a caregiver
  • Complimentary locker usage

Events and programs

  • Invitation to the Friends Family Breakfast, our annual holiday celebration
  • Invitation to the Annual Academy Open House featuring scientists and curators
  • Invitation to exhibit and planetarium show premieres
  • Invitation to Member Nights
  • Access to Members' Month programming
  • Subscription to Donor eNews
  • Please note: As Hive members, we will honor your complimentary VIP Party After Dark ticket(s) for April 18, 2024, regardless of membership expiration date.

Complimentary passes

  • 4 Daytime Admission passes to share
  • 4 NightLife passes to share

I am on auto-renew or have an installment plan—what happens now?
Beginning July 1, 2023, we will no longer charge your monthly installment plan fee and we will not automatically renew your membership.

How do I get access to the Academy and NightLife? Will my digital membership card automatically update?
Your digital membership card should automatically renew on July 1, 2023. If you are having issues, please contact us hive@calacademy.org.

Where are my NightLife guest passes?
We will mail you 4 NightLife guest passes that you may use.

How do I get my VIP Party After Dark ticket for 2024?
We will email you a link to redeem your Party After Dark ticket in early 2024. Please email us at events@calacademy.org if you have not received this by February 1, 2023.

Where are my complimentary Party After Dark tickets? 
Once requested, complimentary Party After Dark tickets are emailed to Hive members in the spring prior to the event – try searching for emails from tickets@calacademy.org.