Governing Member Benefits

Governing Members receive all of the benefits of Science Center and Museum Members, plus:

  • voting privileges;
  • eligibility to participate in ASTC governance by serving on the Board of Directors; and
  • invitations to the annual Governing Members Reception at the ASTC Annual Conference.

Prospective Governing Members must first join as regular Science Center and Museum Members, and be in operation 365 days before applying for Governing status.


To qualify for ASTC Governing Membership, your institution must also:

  • have as its primary mission to increase the public understanding of science;
  • engage in activities meant to increase public understanding of science and technology;
  • provide exhibits, programs, and activities addressing a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and topics such as physical sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and technology;
  • use a broad array of delivery techniques for science learning experiences that include experiential, tactile, and kinesthetic exhibits; and participatory programs, hands-on activities, and inquiry-based learning;
  • show dedication to the use of informal learning methods;
  • serve as a resource for a community’s science education needs;
  • be a nonprofit or not-for-profit organization;
  • identify itself as a science center/museum;
  • operate one or more physical sites that are staffed and open to the public at least 1,800 hours per year and six days per week; and
  • have an annual operating budget of at least U.S. $250,000 (or equivalent).


If your institution meets these criteria, complete an application and send it with the supporting materials specified in Section IV of the application to:

Membership Department
Association of Science-Technology Centers
818 Connecticut Avenue NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006-2734

Applicants may be asked to provide additional material or to host a site visit before being approved.