The Alan B. Shepard Society

The Adler’s Premier Philanthropy Circle

In 1961, Commander Alan B. Shepard successfully completed America’s first manned space flight. His achievement electrified people around the world and sparked a decade of unparalleled discovery in space. Established in 2002, The Alan B. Shepard Society celebrates Commander Shepard’s achievements and his legacy of adventure inspires our pursuit of knowledge about the universe and our place within it.

Members of the Shepard Society make annual gifts of $1,000 and greater to support the Adler’s exhibitions, sky shows, visitor programs and digital engagement. These gifts help the Adler serve 550,000 visitors a year, and reach more than 2 million stargazers through inspiring virtual science experiences. Shepard Society members also enable education, outreach, and research programs.

Shepard Society contributions are fully tax-deductible.

Become A Shepard Society Member

Make a $1,000 and greater gift to support the Adler here, or please contact our Development Office by emailing with any questions.

Leadership of The Alan B. Shepard Society

Chairs of The Alan B. Shepard Society are civic leaders who endorse the education, research, and advocacy mission of the Adler Planetarium. They provide leadership to the Adler and serve as ambassadors for the museum in the community.

Alan B. Shepard Society Leader

Peter Langas, Chair


JUPITER • $1,000–$2,499

Enjoy all of the following benefits for 2 cardholders, 6 guests, and up to 6 children (up to age 17):

  • Unlimited free general admission and sky show tickets
  • Invitations to special member events and VIP access to new sky shows
  • Invitations to exclusive Shepard Society events featuring leading scientists, experts, and explorers
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, including the Doane Observatory*
  • 15% discount in the Adler Space Shop and 10% discount in Cosmic Cafe
  • Bi-weekly e-news and Rapid Response updates for the latest happenings in the universe
  • Recognition on the Adler Donor Wall
  • Free general admission at participating ASTC science centers and museums nationwide (outside a 90-mile radius of the Adler)

SATURN • $2,500–$4,999

All of the above, plus:

  • One complimentary Family Star Pass*

NEPTUNE • $5,000–$9,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Personalized, behind-the-scenes visit and lunch including private tour of Adler Collections or Doane Observatory for up to 8 guests*
  • Scientist-led preview of new exhibitions and shows

NOVA • $10,000–$24,999

All of the above, plus:

  • Special Nova-level member event with President and CEO Michelle B. Larson, PhD
  • Discount on event space or one-time use of the Skyline Board Room (seats 20)*
  • Pre-show recognition at an Adler sky show for three months

POLARIS • $25,000+

All of the above, plus:

  • Complimentary one-time evening use of a museum gallery for a private event*
  • Dinner and private tour with President and CEO Michelle B. Larson, PhD*
  • Pre-show recognition at an Adler sky show for one year

*Arranged upon request


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