Travel Tip: Admission to 100’s of Museums for Free

July 7, 2016

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Do you have a yearly membership to Clark Planetarium ($49 duo or $99 family), The Leonardo ($65 duo, $105 family), Natural History Museum ($79 duo or $109 family) or Thanksgiving Point ($145 duo or $220 family)? If so, this post is for you. Your membership entitles you to a special perk, that will get you free admission to other museums across the country?

Here's how it works: Clark Planetarium, The Leonardo, Natural History Museum and Thanksgiving Point participate in a program called the ASTC Travel program (Association of Science Technology Center). The ASTC has brought together Museums from all over the county to participate in a special admission program that lets you visit another participating museum free of charge.

In order to get the free admission two criteria must be met:

#1 - The Science centers & museums must be located 90 miles away from the science center/museum where you are a member.

#2 - The Science centers & museums must be located 90 miles from your residence.


Some popular destinations for museums I see are Wings over Rockies Air Museum (Denver CO), Turtle Bay Exploration Park (Redding CA) Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory (Cocoa FL). There are TONS more in every state. This is great for those with travel plans for vacations. You can add a museum on your list of things to do and save a bunch on a day of entertainment.

IMPORTANT: Before you visit be sure to check the family admittance policy and call before you visit to confirm your Travel Passport Program benefits. Plus, don't forget to bring your membership card and ID with you.

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