Many parents look at museum memberships near home as a cost-effective way to provide hours of entertainment for their family. By purchasing a membership you’re helping the museum with funding and you get annual tickets in return. But have you ever considered purchasing membership for a museum you may only visit once on vacation? In many cases it can be the cheapest option. In November, I attended a press trip to Texas. It included a whirlwind day and a half in Ft. Worth. The trip made such an impression that we’re planning a trip back with the whole family. In researching prices I realized buying a membership would wind up being cheaper in the long run AND would be tax deductible.

I want to take the kids to the Cowgirl Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. We’ll be traveling with a family of 5 (3 kids 8, 2, and 10 months). Admission for both museums would come to $74. An additional $8 for parking brings us to $82. A basic five person membership for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) will cost us $100 ($85 of that is tax deductible). The membership covers admission to the Cowgirl Museum and the FWMSH. In addition, it provide free parking and discounts on Omni shows, food, and merchandise. Because it is a science museum membership and they participate in the Association of Science and Technology Centers Passport program the membership will give us admission into over 250 other participating centers including one near our house and four in Seattle, where we also have a trip planned.


Have you ever purchased a membership for a museum on a vacation?

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