Buy an annual membership to a museum and you assume you’ll get free admission, plus a few little extra perks. Actually, local museum administrators say, the perks are many — and not so little.
“There are tangible benefits, but then there are so many more intangibles,” says Sara Weatherill, membership manager at The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News. “Museums feel like once someone becomes a member, they become part of the family.”
Most plans include discounts on food, gift shop purchases, camps and birthday parties; free or reduced-price tickets to movies and planetarium shows; “first dibs” access to new exhibits
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