ASTC Museum Reciprocity Program allows you to purchase a museum membership to one museum and use it at museums around the country. Even around the world. Here’s the complete details.
The program can save you hundreds of dollars in entrance fees. We were able to purchase a membership for $100 to the Misci Schenectady, our kids favorite local science museum. We used the museum passes during our trip to Boston for the Boston Science museum ($29A/$25C= $108 for family of 4) and the Boston Children’s Museum ($18 1+= $72 for family of 4).
Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)
250 Jordan Road, Troy, NY 12180 (518) 235-2120 www.cmost.com F: Two adults and all dependent children under 18.
The CMOST Museum is in Troy, NY. It’s a small museum but the kids enjoy a couple hours here, every time we visit. There’s a building room where kids use bolts and nuts to put together pieces and make houses and forts. There’s an animal area with reptiles and bunnies. They will have staff come out and do presentations on an animal periodically. ~AffordableFamilyTravel.com
MiSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308 (518) 382-7890 www.misci.org F: Two adults and all dependent children under 18 living in the same household.
The Misci is a great museum for Children’s. Highlights being the bubbles, water table and grocery store areas. My kids can spend half a day here and never tire of it. They have rotating displays that include trains, dinosaurs and toys. I highly recommend a visit to this museum. It’s our favorite in the area. ~AffordableFamilyTravel.com
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368 (718) 699-0005 www.nysci.org F: Two adults and up to four children in household
The NY Hall of Science, located in Queens, NY is an awesome (and educational) way to spend a NYC day. From pre-school place for the little ones to hands-on science and math exhibits, there is something for kids of all ages at this museum. Visit in the summer to visit their outdoor science playground as well as to play a round of rocket mini-golf. ~Momma To Go
New York Transit Museum
99 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 694-1600 www.nytransitmuseum.org F: Two adults and two children under 17. Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal (Shuttle Passage, next to the Station Master’s Office) is free
For families visiting New York City, a trip to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn is a must. The museum, housed in an old subway station, contains interactive and kid-friendly exhibits showcasing the history of New York City’s transportation system, including buses, trams and subways. The highlight of the museum are the old subway cars, some of them dating back to the early 1900’s. ~Astrid@ TheWanderingDaughter.com
The Corning Museum of Glass
One Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830 (800) 732-6845 www.cmog.org F: Two adults and all children 17 and under. Passport visitors receive 15% off regularly priced items museum shops; discount excludes online purchases, Make Your Own Glass, and café purchases.
The Corning Museum of Glass is a hybrid museum featuring science exhibits, modern art, and historic glass pieces. The museum even offers live glass-making demonstrations as well as the opportunity for visitors to make their own glass. ~wildkidswander.com
39 South Street, Route 7, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org F: Two adults named on card (photo ID required) and up to four children under 18.
The Berkshire Museum is a small museum in the cute little town of Pittsfield, Ma with many great restaurants, great for a day visit. The museum has a small dinosaur dig area the kids really liked when they were little. They also like the tiny basement aquarium and watching the turtles being fed. ~AffordableFamilyTravel.com
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (617) 426-6500 www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org F: Children and the adults who care for them, up to four people.
Boston Children’s Museum is a fun place you can easily spend 3 or more hours here. There’s a whole room for bubbles, and the energy area was a big hit. Recommend for 6 and under but older kids will be entertained as well. ~AffordableFamilyTravel.com
Museum of Science
1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 (617) 723-2500 www.mos.org F: Up to four people depending on the level of membership. One of the people must be named on membership card. Children under 3 are always free. Exhibit halls admission only; no other discounts apply.
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103 (800) 625-7738 www.springfieldmuseums.org F: Two adults and two children under 18. Free general admission only; does not include special exhibit or planetarium fees
Springfield Museums are several museums housed in separate buildings. The most popular being the Dr Seuss Museum. You can spend about an hour or so in each museum. Keep an Eye out for special exhibits our favorite was Toytopia. We have never spent more than 3 hours at this museum but we usually only visit 2-3 museums in a visit. There is definitely enough to fill a full day between the multiple museums. ~ AffordableFamilyTravel.com
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 228-2674 www.cosi.org F: Two adults and up to four children 18 and under living in one household, or two grandparents and up to four grandchildren 18 and under. Surcharge may be assessed for select American Museum of Natural History exhibitions and/or other experiences.
The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is an awesome children’s science museum located in Columbus, Ohio. My favorite areas are the dinosaur exhibit and the Little Kidspace. The dinosaur exhibit has so many cool things, including a life-size T-rex model. The Little Kidspace is an area designed for children 2nd grade and under. It has water play, shadow play, a play barn, market, house, doctor’s office, and more! ~Natalie @Blissmersion.com
Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (412) 237-3400 www.carnegiesciencecenter.org F: Two adults and four children ages 3 to 17. Does not include ticketed exhibits or films at The Rangos Giant Cinema.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is packed with museums for all ages and interests. The Carnegie Science Center is a hands-on museum that aims to build an interest in science and other STEM concepts for even the littlest learners. With exhibits about the human body, robotics and various opportunities to build new things, there’s something for every interest at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh ~ToddlingTraveler.com
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (412) 322-5058 www.pittsburghkids.org F: Up to two adults and up to three children in one immediate family who are listed on the reciprocal institution’s membership. Not reciprocal with Carnegie Science Center or McKinley Presidential Library & Museum memberships.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh aims to spark creativity with a variety of hands-on displays encouraging children to learn, build and create throughout the entire experience. The Carnegie Science Center is another hands-on museum that aims to build an interest in science and other STEM concepts for even the littlest learners. With exhibits about the human body, robotics and various opportunities to build new things, there’s something for every interest at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. ~ToddlingTraveler.com
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 299-1000 www.ansp.org F: General admission for up to two named adults and up to five children under 18 listed on the reciprocal institution’s membership. Does not include special exhibits or events.
The Academy of Natural Sciences is perfect for families! It’s smaller size makes it easy to visit in the morning before the lunch rush. Visitors can dig for dinosaur bones, learn about various mammals from all over the world, and have a hands-on experience with butterflies and insects. ~ WildKidsWander.com
Check out some of the places we have visited that have ASTC Museums