Save on Museum and Science Center Visits

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Save on Museum and Science Center Visits

We stumbled upon a Groupon that was a huge savings for us. In fact this type of membership is a savings even if you pay full price for it!

I purchased in 2011 a Groupon to the Kingman Museum in Battle Creek for a family membership.  Huhhhh?  Why would I want to purchase a family membership to a museum?  And how is that a good deal????!?!?!??

I paid $20 for the Groupon back in 2011; I had to drive to the museum to activate it and to get our membership started. It wasn’t a huge deal but it took up a good chunk of a Saturday with drive time and then touring the smaller museum.  Then the same Groupon appeared in late 2012 for $18 and I could do it online.  Sold!!!!

So why did I want a family membership to a small local museum?  The Kingman Museum is an ASTC member. So joining the Kingman gets us reciprocal memberships to many museums and science centers. They need to be be over 90 miles away as the crow flies from my home to qualify for benefits.  And lucky us the Chicago locations are close to 95 miles away!  So my membership allowed us entry during spring break 2012 to the Alder Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry.  The membership saved us $49 on that trip.

Then we went to Milwaukee in the summer of 2012, used it for the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Discovery Center in Milwaukee.  Once again we got in free and $53 saved on the Milwaukee trip alone.

This fall joining the Kingman Museum for $50 is something I will most likely be doing if there is no Groupon.  We travel to the Museum of Science and Industry several times a year. And it’s nice to have something free to do as we travel and we have used it in Florida and Washington on prior trips.

Here is a link to the ASTC website to view the museums near you http://www.astc.org/members/passlist.htm

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