The cost of a Standard Family Membership is $100 and includes free admission to all permanent exhibits, and discounts for many things like the gift shop, IMAX tickets, and birthday room rentals. With each visit to the Exploreum, we stand in line and debate purchasing the family membership. We probably could have purchased two family memberships by now with the number of times we have visited the Exploreum! Two months ago, I had the opportunity to purchase a family membership at 50% off through a local radio station. I jumped on the chance and am so glad that I did! The Gulf Coast Exploreum belongs to the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). By purchasing the membership to the Exploreum, I was purchasing membership to over 270 science and technology centers around the world!
Recently I traveled to Suffolk, Virginia for three weeks to visit my niece and nephew. My daughter and I played tourist and hit all the nearby museums while we were there. We were able to visit the Nauticus, the Virginia Air and Space Center and the Virginia Living Museum for free! When it was our turn to purchase tickets, I just showed my ASTC Passport and we were admitted for free! This saved us almost sixty five dollars!
A few things we have learned throughout the process: