ASTC Passport Program: Your Ticket to Cheap Family Fun

The ASTC Passport Program literally lets you pay once, then get in hundreds of science centers or museums for free.

Virginia Living MuseumTouching horseshoe crabs at the Virginia Living Museum.

Sound too good to be true? It's legit--really. We love this program so much we've been taking advantage of it for the last 12 years.

Here's how it works: Buy a membership at a science center, preferably one near your home so you can visit it several times throughout the year.

This gives you free admission for one year, not only to that museum, but also to 250 science centers and museums around the world.

You can use your passport to save SERIOUS money on family vacations, getaways, and educational field trips for homeschoolers.

For example, I buy a family membership at the Science Museum of Virginia which is located in Richmond. Cost: $99 which includes four free IMAX tickets and four guest tickets (worth well over $100). We visit the museum at no charge a few times a year. 




PLUS, we use our membership to visit seven other science museums (here or in other states...California, Florida, New York, you name it) this year for free.

We took a cruise to visit Bermuda one summer, and guess what? Our ASTC Passport Program card got us into a museum (the Bermuda Aquarium) for free there too!

Over the course of a year, we could easily save $200-$300 by taking advantage of the passport program. The more museums you visit, and the more times you go, the more you save.





Where else can you use the ASTC Passport Program in Virginia?

Science Museum of VirginiaThere's always something fun to do at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Here are the ASTC Passport Program Museums in Virginia:

Virginia Air & Space Museum 
- Hampton
Virginia Living Museum - Newport News
Science Museum of Virginia - Richmond
Virginia Aviation Museum - Richmond
Virginia Discovery Museum - Charlottesville
Danville Science Center - Danville
Virginia Museum of Natural History - Martinsville
Science Museum of Western Virginia - Roanoke
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum - Winchester


To find a participating museum near you, click here.

TIP! To get the best bang for your buck, make sure you buy your membership at a participating museum near where you live. If there are several such museums within a reasonable drive, choose the one with the lowest membership fee.

For example, when we lived in Michigan, we really loved the fantastic science museum in Toledo, whereas the science museum in Detroit was only so-so. But the Toledo museum had a higher membership fee, so we bought our membership at the Detroit museum instead.


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