With happy thoughts of spring break, summer vacation, and weekend travel, it’s always a good time for members to take advantage of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program!
As a member, you already know that membership with Discovery World gives you many perks – $6 flat rate parking in our underground garage, invitations to our member-only events, and discounts on Summer Camp and classes are just some of the benefits you can receive with your membership. But one really great member benefit is the ability to participate in the ASTC Travel Passport Program.
The ASTC Travel Passport Program is designed to offer members the opportunity to visit other participating museums or science centers and receive free general admission. All members of Discovery World, at all levels, may be eligible to visit over 300 different museums across the country and around the world (some restrictions apply).
Which Centers Participate?
From our Membership page, select the button that invites you to “Download Complete ASTC List” for a full listing of the museums you may be able to visit, including important information on the following exclusions, explained inside the red box:
“Science centers & museums located within 90 miles of the science center/museum where the visitor is a member” AND “Science centers & museums located within 90 miles of the visitor’s residence.” This means…
Before you travel to another museum, make sure that it is located BOTH: 90 miles AWAY from Discovery World* AND 90 miles AWAY from your residence**
*Discovery World has special agreements regarding the distance between our museum and the Madison Children’s Museum, the EAA in Oshkosh, and the major Chicago centers (Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry and the Adler Planetarium). As a Discovery World member, this first exclusion should be satisfied; however, you must ALSO satisfy the 90-mile distance from your residence (refer to next footnote**). Please be aware that the Milwaukee Public Museum and Betty Brinn Children’s Museum are NOT included in this reciprocity program.
** Centers that check photo IDs for residency eligibility are indicated by the (üIDs) symbol next to their name on the ASTC participant list. You must ensure that you live 90 miles away “as the crow flies” (based on the linear distance, not driving distance). Some centers within the program may choose not to check photo IDs for distance requirements related to residency, and may choose to honor reciprocity regardless of the distance from your home address. Calling the center in advance can help confirm their policies.
For your convenience and reference, our Membership page also includes a special list of participant details, so that you can become familiar with the admittance policy of the museums you wish to visit. We strongly recommend calling the center you plan to visit in advance to verify their specific policies, as it is up to each center’s individual discretion whether they will check for distance requirements.
What to bring along?
Proof of your Discovery World membership. This could be your plastic Discovery World membership card, or your temporary membership card, or your online order confirmation email. Unable to find these? Our Discovery World Membership Specialists would be happy to prepare a temporary membership card during your next visit at no charge, or we may issue a replacement set of shiny, plastic Discovery World cards for a small fee.
Photo ID. Many of the museums/science centers that partner with the ASTC Travel Passport Program will ask for a photo ID when you are visiting. Looking at a photo ID will help other museums verify that you are the specific member identified on the card, as well as your city and state to ensure that you live 90 miles away from their location if they are a (üIDs) facility.
Please note that this travel program does not include free/discounted admission to special events, planetarium/large screen theater presentations, nor museum store/parking discounts or other benefits associated with membership to that museum, unless stated. The ASTC participant list is updated every 6 months, so it is a good idea to check regularly before traveling.
Member Tip: When visiting the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, select the “general admission” line to avoid being redirected.
Not sure if your membership is still active? Unsure about which museums you may be eligible to visit according to the 90-mile rule? Have general questions? Your helpful Membership Specialists would be more than happy to assist you with these and any other questions you may have. Call us at 414.765.8620 or email us at email@example.com
We truly hope that you are able to take advantage of this valuable benefit, and all of the wonderful perks that Discovery World memberships have to offer. And if you aren’t a member yet, we would love to help you become one today!