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Become a Member


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, battleship tours and more. With all the savings, membership pays for itself in just two visits — plus you’ll get access to member-only and new exhibit previews. Our next Member Preview is to Message in a Bottle on January 29, 2022.

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

Membership Levels



Membership FAQ

Future Members

How can I become a member of Nauticus?

There are four ways to purchase a Membership with Nauticus:

  • At the admission desk
  • Click here to purchase online
  • Print the application form and mail it to: ATTN Membership Office, One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
  • Call the Membership Office at (757) 664-1005.
How long will it take to receive my Nauticus membership card?

Once your application has been received, please allow one week for your membership card to arrive by email. When you visit Nauticus, simply show your membership card on your digital device at the admission desk to gain entry to Nauticus. Please Note: Members may have to reserve tickets for special exhibitions or events prior to visiting.

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 digital membership card by email. 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.

Current Members

Digital Membership Cards

Please view our Digital Membership FAQs here.

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 membership@nauticus.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 membership@nauticus.org, 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.

How do I create an account?

You can register for our website here.

ASTC Passport Program Guide

Download the ASTC Passport Program guide here.

Other Questions

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.

When does the gift membership become active?
Gift memberships are active immediately after purchase. If you prefer that the gift recipient activate the membership on their first visit, a membership gift certificate is available for purchase by calling 757-664-1005.
When does a gift membership expire?
Gift memberships expire on the last day of the month, one year from date of purchase. (If you purchased a membership on November 15, 2020, it will expire on November 30, 2021.)
How long will it take the gift recipient to receive a digital membership card?
Digital membership cards are emailed to the gift recipient within 48 hrs. of the membership purchase. If you do not wish for the gift recipient to receive their digital membership card immediately, please leave the recipients email address blank. 
If I want the gift membership mailed to me, how long will it take?
Please allow 5-7 business days to receive the membership packet by mail. During holiday seasons, please allow 10-12 business days to receive the membership packet by mail.
Can the gift recipient upgrade the membership after I present it to them?
Absolutely! It is best to upgrade in person at our Admissions desk or by calling 757-664-1005.
Does the Nauticus 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 or call / email the membership dept. at 757-664-1005 or memberships@nauticus.org

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.

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.