How to Enjoy a Museum Membership
Purchasing a season pass to a museum can be a large monetary commitment for many families, but the returns can outweigh the cost when the year comes to an end. If you live close to a metropolitan area where you have access to museums then an annual membership can provide your family with hours of fun and learning. As with other memberships, purchasing a museum membership can help you save money, preserve educational programs for the community, and provide you access to many opportunities throughout the year. The following will review a few pros and cons to purchasing an annual membership for a museum.
Good Points for Purchasing a Museum Membership
If you live relatively close to a museum you may want to consider an annual pass/membership. Many larger museums participate in reciprocal member networks providing access to museums all over the nation. This access provides you with exceptional access to learning, cultural experiences, and quality family time. As you and your family take the time to experience and explore what your local museum has to offer, you can relax and take your time knowing you can return as often as you like. This can reduce the “rush” affect and your children might actual have the time to learn something new.
The membership with reciprocal member networks can also save you money as you travel. If you are traveling on business, you may want to take your family along, but worry about what they will do while you are working. Sitting in a hotel room is not a favorite activity for many families, so with a museum membership your family will have ample activities that won’t cost a fortune.
You can also use your membership when you are traveling into the city for other events such as a sporting event or evening concert. This will allow you to expand your activities without breaking your budget. The membership can also provide you with discounts for other local, cultural venues, tours, and attractions.
Annual memberships make great Christmas gifts! Rather than buying individual gifts for everyone in a family you can simply purchase a annual museum membership for the family and contribute to family time throughout the year–easy to purchase, easy to send, and hassle free gift giving.
Are there any Negatives to Museum Memberships?
Once you purchase the membership you may feel obligated to use it (as you should). But if you family is pressed for time, it may not always be optimal to work in a few hours to visit the museum. It this is the case, you may feel like you have wasted your money at the end of the year. Before you feel that way, reflect on how many times you did go to the Museum. Was it more than once? Did you enjoy the visits while you were there? Did your children learn anything from the experience? Answering these questions positively will make the membership worth it.
Even if you did not use your membership as much as you would have liked, the support you provided to local programs was worth the investment. You may also qualify for a discount on subsequent years’ memberships.
Joining any type of cultural or social venue comes with benefits and drawbacks. Being able to plan ahead and weigh the good versus the bad can help you determine if you should become a member.