Educator Memberships and Educator-Specific Benefits


Educator Memberships and Member Benefits

We love our educators! The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers 15% off all membership levels for educators. Use your membership to enjoy all the perks of a museum membership for yourself, or use your membership to take advantage of discounts on programs for your students. We hope you’ll do both! After all, joining the HMNS member family means benefits for you, your family, and your students!

More information on pricing and all the benefits you can enjoy as an educator member of the HMNS Member family.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase my educator membership?

To take advantage of your educator discount, go to our online box office and enter TEACH15 at checkout or show your proof of employment as an educator at the Box Office during your next visit. When you buy your discounted membership as an educator, we’ll also flag your account so you can enjoy extra perks – so don’t wait! Join now and start enjoying all the benefits of an Educator Membership.

What discounts are available to me as an educator?

Educator Membership Discount

You can get 15% off your membership purchase just for being an educator! To take advantage of your educator discount, visit our online box office and enter TEACH15 at checkout or show your proof of employment as an educator at the Box Office during your next visit. When you buy your discounted membership as an educator, we’ll also flag your account so you can enjoy extra perks!

Educator-Only Member Benefits

If we’ve flagged you as an educator, the discounts don’t stop at just you. Share the savings with your students and school with discounts on: virtual programming, Outreach bookings, Labs on Demand, Field Trips, Late Nights and more! Click here to see more details.

Are you already a member but not flagged as an educator? Do you want in on these awesome benefits as well? Email jrussell@hmns.org for more information on these benefits and to flag your existing account as an educator!

What if I’m already a member?

Please email jrussell@hmns.org from an active school email account to let us know that you’re an educator. We’ll flag your membership so you’ll have access to all the amazing member benefits for both you and your students!

And, if you’re already a member, sign up for AutoRenew and never worry about an expired membership again! You’ll get 20% off your next membership renewal when you sign up for AutoRenew, and you can still enjoy the perks of being an educator and member. Contact jrussell@hmns.org for more information on AutoRenew and flagging your membership as an educator. 

Can I apply the educator discount and AutoRenew discount on the same membership?

Unfortunately, we cannot apply two discounts to the same membership. If you’re not a current member and are looking to join, we recommend using the 15% educator discount during your first year of membership. You can then sign up for AutoRenew to receive 20% your next year of membership. If you’re already a member, make sure you’re signed up for AutoRenew to get 20% off your next membership renewal. You can still enjoy the educator-specific perks of being a member by emailing jrussell@hmns.org to let us know that you’re an educator. We’ll flag your membership, so you can enjoy the benefits for you and your students!

How do I sign up for AutoRenew?

So you’ve been a member for years, or you’re becoming one and want to continue being part of our member family? Join AutoRenew, and get 20% off your membership this year and every year you automatically renew! Just give us a call at (713) 639-4629 to sign up.

If you choose to sign up for AutoRenew, either inform your cashier you’re an educator or send an email to jrussell@hmns.org. While you can’t use the Educator Membership Discount and AutoRenew Membership Discount on the same purchase, we can flag your account as an educator so you can still enjoy your Educator-Only Member Benefits.

How do I use my membership to get discounts on programs for my school?

When you call or email to book your field trip, student lab, or outreach program, let us know you’re a member. We’ll verify your membership and apply the appropriate discount to your booking!

Do I get discounts on virtual programs and resources for me, my students and my school?

Yes! We’ve updated our educator-specific benefits, so you’ll have access to discounts for both in-person and virtual programming and resources. Check out our benefits flyer for more information.

Educators: Refer a Friend!

Museum visits are more fun with a friend! Educators, refer one of your friends, and once they complete their membership purchase and we verify your membership, you’ll both receive an additional month of membership at no cost..

Educator referral link: http://www.hmns.org/sa/educa.php To get your educator membership, email jrussell@hmns.org.

For more information on how to take advantage of this referral program, see our Frequently Asked Questions below!

How do I refer someone?

To refer a friend, share the referral link provided above. The first page will ask whether or not they are an educator. Once they make their appropriate selection, they’ll be taken to a page to complete their information for their membership account.  They should put your information in the “Who Referred You” section, so you receive your two complimentary tickets once their membership purchase is complete. To complete the referral section, the person you referred will need the following information from you: your first and last name, the full mailing address associated with your membership account, and the email address associated with your membership account. Please email membership@hmns.org to determine the appropriate information if you are unsure.

How do I sign up for a membership if I was referred by someone?

If someone has referred you, click the referral link above. On the first page, make the appropriate selection depending on whether or not you are an educator. On the next page, complete your information. This information will be used to create your membership account. In the “Who Referred You” section, provide the information for the person who referred you. You will need the following information from the person who referred you: their first and last name, their full mailing address associated with their membership account, and their email address associated with their membership account. Once your membership purchase is complete, you both will receive one additional month of membership at no cost.

If I’m an educator, how do I pay for my membership?

If you selected “yes” to being an educator on the first page, we’ll send you an email to verify your status as an educator once you complete your information on the second page. After we’ve verified your status, we’ll send you a link where you can securely provide payment for your discounted educator membership. Once your payment is processed, your membership is active!

Can I only refer another educator?

No, you are welcome to refer anyone who is looking to join the HMNS member family! Only educators are eligible to receive a discount on their membership, but anyone you refer can receive an additional month of membership once the membership purchase is complete.

You will receive an additional month of membership once the person you’ve referred completes their membership purchase whether they are an educator or not.

Do I have to be an educator member to refer someone?

Yes, in order to receive an additional month of membership and refer someone, you’ll need to have a current HMNS membership and be flagged as an educator. Click here to join or email jrussell@hmns.org to verify your educator status on your current membership!

How do I redeem my free virtual lecture?

To redeem your free virtual lecture, email jrussell@hmns.org. In your email, include which lecture you’d like access to. Once we confirm your status as an educator member and your lecture, we’ll send you the access information and the Zoom link. View a list of available lectures.

How do I sign my class up for Adopt-a-Class?

To sign your class up for Adopt-a-Class, email EducationQuestions@hmns.org. Once we confirm your status as an educator member, we’ll pass your contact information along to our Volunteer Department. They’ll contact you directly to set you up with your docent!

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