How We Bought Entry Into 300+ Science/Art Museums For Just $75

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Traveling can be expensive, but if you do it right it can actually be cheaper than staying put. That’s how we try to travel – meet as many people as possible and see as much as possible for as little money spent as possible, and it’s working out well so far. Needless to say, we are always taking advantage of a lot of free family activities, nature centers, hiking trails, etc., but lately we’ve been looking for frugal ways to expand our horizons a bit. I remember visiting a few Science Museums and Activity Centers as a kid – the space stuff, the electromagnetic energy experiments, the astronaut ice cream, the planetarium – I absolutely loved them. Then, a few years ago before we had a camper we took a crazy road trip from Georgia to Denver, CO and back in 2 weeks and visited a couple of museums on the way to occupy our two little guys – so fun! However, both of those experiences left me with two impressions: 1. Science Museums and Activity Centers are way cool! 2. They are way out of our full-time travel family budget!

Then a few weeks ago while researching field trips and things to see on our long trek from Georgia to Maine next month, we read a post written by our Airstream buddies over at Currently Wandering and learned that through the Association of Science and Technology Centers Passport Program (ASTC) anyone can actually purchase family access to over 300 Science Museums/Activity Centers in the US (and a few overseas) for only just about $75! So after looking up the details, we took a little road trip to the museum I went to as a kid – the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia and bought our membership for $75. We had the absolute best school day in a long, long while and came away with family membership cards that will get us into at least 10 or 15 more museums and activity centers on our way north next month – plus another 30 or more when we hit the road again in October, depending on where we end up going and how long we’re on the road.

Who knows – after seeing what we see next month, we may even join others as well. Thankfully, there are reciprocal membership programs for Zoos and Children’s Museums across the country too. If interested, you can find all the details and links for all three programs on Currently Wandering’s post “How to Get Free or Discounted Admission to Museums All Over the United States.” And if you have any to add to our list, please share!

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