Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015: The Year of the Science Museums

A little over a year ago, my family went to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas (see this post). It's a big museum with lots to see, and something we think our kids will appreciate even more as they get older.

So a few weeks ago, we received some information in the mail on a museum membership. At $110 per family, it would pay for itself if we visited the Perot museum just twice this year. So we wondered if we would go enough to make it worthwhile. We enjoyed ourselves last time, but the museum is kind of far from us and parking is a pain and not plentiful (at least on the day we went).

The Perot Museum, Dec 2013

As I was looking at the Perot museum membership information, I saw that it included reciprocal entry into other science museums across the nation that are members of the ASTC Passport Program (Association of Science - Technology Centers). And that is what eventually sold me on the family membership to Perot!

I realized that based on travel we have already booked in the next year, we will have the opportunity to visit 5 other museums with our Perot membership cards:

The Bishop Museum in Honolulu:

Volcano Eruption Display at the Bishop Museum
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science:
I haven't been here since I was a kid!
Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences:

Orlando Science Center:

So many trips to the Orlando area, but never to this place!

And the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory near Cocoa Beach:

I can't guarantee that we will visit all 5 of those museums on our trips this year, but we will definitely hit a few of those combined with a few visits to the Perot. Will we get sick of visiting science museums? Maybe. But I hereby declare 2015 as the year of the science museums!

Do you have a membership at the Perot Museum or another one? Have you used your membership at reciprocal locations when you travel?

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