Discount Museum Admission
Recently our family had a staycation, where we took some day trips to local attractions and museums. We visited the Boston Science museum for $7 per adult (normally $22) and Higgins Armory in Worcester for $6 per adult. It was great fun, and very affordable with the discounted museum admission. How did we come by these deals?
Your Local Library
Our local library had discount passes to a variety of museums in our area. Some are passes were for the day, others are tear-away disposable tickets for use only on certain days. They only have a limited number of passes, but since few people either know, or take advantage, they are often available. The library must pay for the discounted museum admission passes, so they are happy when patrons use them.
Our town library did not carry discounted museum admission to one attraction we were interested in – Higgins Armory. However, we did know that our library belongs to a consortium (or network) of libraries in our state – CWMars. They helped us compile a short list of “in-network” libraries near Worcester that might carry them. Sure enough, the Charlton, MA library had them, and they were located right on our way to the museum.
Larger cities, like Boston, have all-inclusive museum admission passes that you can buy at a significant discount. It only seems worth it if you’re planning on visiting at least 2 or more major attractions.
In all we saved over $100 in museum admission fees just for checking our local library, which only took about 15 to 30 minutes (including stopping at the Charlton Library). $200/hr – Not bad. Check with your local library to see if you can find similar bargains for your next staycation.