“Free” and “family travel” rarely show up in the same sentence. So if you’re planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest, you’ll want to consult this list of Seattle museums and attractions. You can get into many for free (or at great discount) with your San Francisco museum memberships.
You can also use my list of free museum days in Seattle to save money on your trip.
Here’s a list of ways you can use your reciprocal memberships:
Get free admission to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum if you’re a member of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco or the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (deYoung and Legion of Honor - Contributing Member level only) and other members of the North American Reciprocal Membership association.
Get free admission to Pacific Science Center and The Museum of Flight if you’re a member of: The Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science, Randall Museum, Zeum San Francisco’s Children’s Museum or other members of the ASTC Passport Program.
Get in for 50% off admission to Woodland Park Zoo if you’re a member of San Francisco Zoo, and free admission if you belong to Coyote Point Museum or Happy Hollow Zoo.
(Woodland Zoo photo courtesy of John Biehler/Flickr)
Get free admission to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture if you’re a member of Fine Arts Museums (de Young and Legion of Honor), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Historical Society Museum and other memberships through the North American Reciprocal Museum program.
Unfortunately, some of our most-popular attractions (including the Seattle Aquarium and The Children’s Museum of Seattle) do not offer reciprocal entry.
However, if you belong to Habitot Children’s Museum, Lawrence Hall of Science, Bay Area Discovery Museum or other Association of Children’s Museum member, you can visit the stellar, sparkling-new Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett, Washington (a half-hour drive north from Seattle) or packed-with-fun Hands On Children’s Museum (about 90 minutes south) in the state’s capital, Olympia, Washington.
As always, call the attraction's phone number to confirm their reciprocal policy before you go.
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