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January 11th, 2009 at 07:53 pm

I always wonder if museum memberships are good bargains, but we went to a local science museum today and enjoyed it so much we bought a membership. The total for the three of us w/o membership was $47, and the membership was another $28 on top of that. They discount the parking and give you the usual 10% off in the gift and snack shops. I figure if we go one more time, we're ahead. And we probably will--it's only about 20 minutes away, close to my husband's office, and DD loved it.

It's right on Lake Michigan and has great summer options as well.

No other news to report except the whopping $1.87 I made toward my ebay challenge at half.com.

6 Responses to “Museum memberships”

  1. campfrugal Says:

    Also, if your membership is recipricol, you can use it at some many other museums in all the other states. It definately makes the cost worth it.

  2. Koppur Says:

    What type of Museum? I love the science one here in Boston and the Natural History ones.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    We just did the same thing last week at Longwood Gardens in PA. It was $16/adult, $6/student, $14/senior, so $52 for the 4 of us to go. An annual pass was $105, so about double. We're going to plan a weekend trip and stay near there. We'll go back to the gardens and check out some other sites in the area. And we'll go back for their holiday displays and shows next December before our membership expires.

    When DD was younger, we were members at the zoo. That was great to be able to shoot over there just for a couple of hours or when they were having some special event.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    Yes, usually a good deal.

    We actually got Grandma Sac Zoo membership many years because she could take the kids to pretty much any zoo around and that was the cheapest one. It's probably nice to support local museums & zoos, but for that gift we picked the cheapest one. I think one year the one in her city had a cheaper membership. But it was nice she could take the kids down there or up here.

    Right now we have 2 memberships. Saves considerable money, particularly since we take full advantage.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    We also belonged to the Garden State Discovery Museum, a kids play/learn place, when DD was young. We live 10 minutes away and my wife would take her there pretty often, sometimes meeting up with friends and their kids.

  6. my english castle Says:

    The one we joined is called Discovery World. They have a very cool sailing ship that's part of their package. I need to look over the materials they're sending for news of reciprocal memberships. We also belong to
    the Art Institute of Chicago, purely because I love it.

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