Passport Program Opens Doors to Science and Technology
If you are traveling with kids and you enjoy exploring science and technology centers like we do, you’re going to kick yourself if you don’t already have an American Science and Technology Center (ASTC) Passport. Through a reciprocity program, the Passport program allows you to utilize your science center membership at over 300 other science and technology museums and centers around the world.
For example, we were gifted (gotta love grandparents!) our annual membership at the Science Museum of Virginia. Don’t tell Grandma, but I looked it up, and it cost about $100. Among other benefits, such as tickets to iMax movies and admittance to special events, the membership comes with the ASTC Passport Program, allowing us to enjoy free admission to science and technology centers around the country as we travel. While we were in Huntsville, Alabama, we visited the US Space and Rocket Center…for free!
Science Center Reciprocal Agreement – Requirements
There are a few caveats, such as some museums do not allow reciprocity within 90 miles of your home (“as the crow flies,” not driving distance) and some require that you provide proof of residence and ID. Always bring your membership card and remember that you are a guest! Enjoy your free admittance at science centers and don’t forget to be awesome!