Very Large Array Membership

About Membership

When you become a Founding Member of the Very Large Array, you support:

  • Bringing K-12 students to the VLA
  • On-site and in-classroom STEAM education programs
  • Inspiring awe and wonder in the next generation!

Join before June 30, and your membership will directly support the Campaign for a Mobile Planetarium.

Membership Tiers – Annual

Benefits General Interstellar Nebula
Free Admission to the VLA
15% Discount on Gift Shop Items
Exclusive Member E-Newsletter
Free VLA Admission for 1 guest
Recognition in the Founding Members Report
Official VLA Member T-Shirt
Free VLA Admission for 2 guests
$25 / yr $50 / yr $100 / yr
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Karl G. Jansky Society – Annual

Benefits Star Cluster Pulsar Quasar Supernova Galaxy
Exclusive E-newsletter
Free VLA admission for yourself and 3 guests
15% VLA gift shop Discount
Recognition in Founding Members report
VLA Member T-Shirt
Jansky Baseball Cap & Logo Pin
Early Registration for VLA Events
Admission for an Additional Guest
Private VIP Tour of the Very Large Array
Private star party for your friends and family
Invitation to lunch with the Director
$250 / yr $500 / yr $1000 / yr $5000 / yr $10,000 / yr
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A Greater Impact: The Karl G. Jansky Society

Consider joining the Karl G. Jansky Society—the pinnacle of the Very Large Array Membership Program.

Named in honor of Karl G. Jansky, the pioneer who discovered radio waves from space and founded radio astronomy, this society is for individuals committed to making a substantial difference.

Jansky Society members have the option to pay their annual membership fee in monthly installments.

Memberships actively support STEAM education initiatives at the VLA. Inspire the next generation of scientists: Become a Founding Member Today!

What is a Founding Member?

This membership program was launched in September 2023. To celebrate, everyone who joins during this first year of the program gets special recognition as a “Founding Member.”

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Join & Give by Mail

To give by mail, please make the check payable to Associated Universities, Inc. and note on the check “VLA Membership”.

Checks can be mailed to:

National Radio Astronomy Observatory
520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903



If you have questions about what your gift accomplishes or would like information about other ways to donate, including gifts of stock, gifts from donor advised funds, or estate gifts, please contact Heather Cochrane, Director of Advancement at

For general Membership questions, contact Cyprus Van Inwegen at

Associated Universities, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, federal ID #11-1630900, operates the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, including the Very Large Array.

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