Embark today on a year-long voyage of adventure, discovery, and entertainment for the entire family! Experience all that Nauticus has to offer—as a member.
Members can take advantage of free and discounted admission to special events, discounts on battleship tours and more. With all the savings, membership pays for itself in just two visits — plus you’ll get access to member-only events like the 4th of July Fireworks viewing party and exhibits previews. Your membership support enables us to continue our mission of benefiting our community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources.
For further inquiries regarding Membership, please call our membership office at 757-664-1005 or email Membership@nauticus.org
25% off guest tickets
Discounts on select Sail Nauticus programs
10% off Banana Pier Gift Shop purchases
10% off Dockside Café purchases
$5 off guided tours
Discounted camps & workshops
Discounted admission to special events & experiences
Discount on Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises
Buy-one, get-one free discount: Individual limit 1, Family limit 3 & Family Plus limit 5
Individual – $50
or $90 for 2 years
Full member benefits for one adult
Dual – $75
or $135 for 2 years
Benefits apply to 2 named individuals living at the same address.
Family – $99
or $178 for 2 years
Benefits apply to 2 named adults in the same household and up to 4 children/grandchildren under age 18.
Family Plus- $150
or $270 for 2 years
Benefits apply to 2 named adults in the same household and all children/grandchildren under age 18.
The Navigators Circle
The Navigator Circle is a community of supporters, whose generosity helps sustain Nauticus’ exhibitions, innovative programs, collections and history of our natural waterways. As members of the Navigator Circle, you and your family will receive exclusive invitations to events, private tours and engaging opportunities that are tailored to your interests. You’ll also receive updates on the impact of your support and an insider’s look at museums activities and plans.
How can I become a member of Nauticus?
How long will it take to receive my Nauticus membership card?
Once your application has been received, please allow one week for your membership materials to arrive in the mail. When you visit Nauticus, simply show your membership card at the admission desk to gain entry to Nauticus.
May I visit Nauticus before receiving my membership card?
Yes! Prior to your visit, please call the Membership Office at (757) 664-1005 to verify your membership status. The admission desk can provide you a temporary card to use until you receive your permanent membership card in the mail. If you join online, you will be emailed a confirmation that you may print out and use right away.
If I pay for admission to the museum, can I apply those costs towards purchasing a membership?
Absolutely! Admission receipts must be presented in person at the admission desk on the day of your visit. Applied tickets may not be combined with other offers, discounts, or promotions. No refunds.
What if there is a mistake on my card or my card is lost/stolen?
If there is an error on your card or your card is lost or stolen, please call the Membership Office at (757) 664-1005 or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org, and a new card will be mailed to you.
Can I give my membership card to a friend/relative to use for a visit?
Memberships are non-transferable. At least one of the members named on the card must be present for the visit.
How can I upgrade my membership to higher level?
Nauticus offers a variety of Membership levels from an Individual Membership ($50) to various higher levels up to $1,000+. You may upgrade your membership at any time, however, your expiration date will remain the same. At each level more enhanced benefits will be received, such as guest passes, invitations to behind-the-scenes tours, and much more. To upgrade your membership, contact the Membership Office at (757) 664-1005.
How may I support Nauticus at a higher level than what is available online?
Your support helps us to benefit our community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources. For higher level gift giving or donation opportunities, please contact the Development Department at (757) 664-1046.
How can I stay updated about events taking place at Nauticus?
As a Nauticus Member, you will receive Member-exclusive email updates about upcoming programs, Members-only events, and all Nauticus happenings. For upcoming events, please view our Events Calendar. For general museum updates, click here to sign up for the museum’s e-newsletter. Also connect with us on social media, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.
How should I notify the museum of my new address, phone number or email?
Contact the Membership Office at email@example.com, by phone at (757) 664-1005.
Will Nauticus send me a renewal reminder?
Yes, we will notify you 90 days prior to your expiration date to renew your membership. Remember to renew early so you do not have an interruption in your membership benefits.
I just renewed my membership and received another renewal notice. Did you receive my payment?
Sometimes during the renewal process, paid memberships and renewal notices cross in the mail. To verify that payment has been received, call the Membership Office at (757) 664-1005.
Is a Nauticus Membership tax-deductible?
Memberships are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please consult your tax attorney for specific guidelines.
Can I buy a membership as a gift?
Of course! Any level of membership is available as a gift and may be purchased online, at the admission desk, by phone, or through the mail. Please be sure to clearly indicate the recipient and the gift-giver. You may include a personalized message with the gift membership, as well as any special instructions for the Membership Office.
Does the museum offer any discount on membership?
A 20% discount on Individual or Family Memberships is available to seniors (55+), active and retired military, dependent military, students, and City of Norfolk employees, who present appropriate ID. To receive this discount, you must purchase the membership in person at the admissions counter.
Is my membership good for a calendar year, or for a full year from the time of purchase?
Memberships are good for one full year from the time of purchase. If you are renewing, please be assured that your new membership year will begin when your current membership expires – there’s never a penalty for renewing early.
Can I return my membership for a refund, prorate the cost or transfer the membership to a friend?
Nauticus memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Is a Nauticus membership good at other museums?
Yes, as a Nauticus member you are entitled to reciprocal admission to other museums participating in the NARM (North American Reciprocal Museums) Program when you show your valid Nauticus membership card at the Admissions/Box Office of these participating museums. Visit www.narmassocaition.org for listings of participating museums and program restrictions.
Family Plus level members and up, are also enrolled in ROAM (Reciprocal Organizations of Associated Museums) Visit https://sites.google.com/site/roammuseums/home/list-of-roam-museums for listings of participating museums and program restrictions.
What is Nauticus' NARM reciprocal admission policy?
Nauticus offers free admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children through the NARM & ROAM program for members at other participating museums, provided they present a valid membership card from that participating museum.
Is parking free for members?
Parking validation is no longer a benefit of membership. There are several parking garages located within short walking distances. Visit www.norfolk.gov/parking for a detailed parking map.
Can I put an additional person or childcare worker on my membership?
Yes, we offer add-on guest options for Family memberships and higher. You may add any additional person onto any Family level memberships for $25. Family memberships are also permitted to list a nanny/babysitter on their membership. Please notify the Membership Office of the nanny/babysitters name prior to visiting.