Memberships: The Smart Gift

Museum memberships are hard to beat in the "bang-for-your-buck" category: Entertainment, education, and family togetherness, all wrapped up in one little card.

Burke Museum of Natural History:This kid-friendly museum on the University of Washington campus features displays on the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. Members receive reciprocal membership with Stonerose Fossil Center in Republic and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.
$20-$55 206-616-6057

Children's Museum Seattle: The younger set will find hours of fun in the museum's play town, Cog City, homes of the world, special exhibits, and more. Membership includes admission to other area children's museums.
$40-$75 206-441-1768

Museum of Flight: Overlooking Boeing Field, this beautiful and renowned museum is a budding aviator's dream. Membership includes "wings" pin and Museum of Flight decal and special member events.
$60-$100 (and up) 206-764-5720

Museum of History and Industry: Visitors experience Seattle's history and the region's defining industries through hands-on exhibits. Members receive invitations to members-only events.
$40 206-324-1126

Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center: Seattle's newest museum introduces visitors to our region's various maritime activities. Try on wet suits, "operate" a crane to load and unload ships, and walk (the replica of) a modern naval bridge. Members receive admission to visiting vessel tours.
$30-$60 206-374-4000

Pacific Science Center: Bugs, dinos, technology, and heavenly bodies abound in PSC's permanent exhibits. Featured exhibits rotate throughout the year. PSC is also home to two IMAX theatres and a laser theatre. Membership includes IMAX passes and admission to science centers around the country.
$45-$250 206-443-2924

Seattle Aquarium: The Aquarium features marine life of the Pacific NW, as well as a large tropical reef area, and a touch tank. Members get guest passes and invitations to members-only events. $50-$85 206-386-4300

Woodland Park Zoo: Seattle's world-class naturalistic zoo is home to 160 species of animals in more than ten specific bio-climatic areas. Members are entitled to guest admission discounts, special events, and admission to zoos across the country. $45-$135 206-615-1024

Typical membership benefits include discounts on museum store purchases, parties, and classes/camps, as well as a subscription to the museum's newsletter/magazine. Some museums also offer membership rates for educators, so be sure to ask!