How To Get Free Or Discounted Admission Into Museums

Sharon and I love to check out museums when we’re traveling. Whether it’s a somber location like The September 11th Memorial Museum or Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park or somewhere fun, such as The Pinball Hall of Fame or The Museum of Pop Culture, we’ll find some time to plan a visit.

Admission to museums can be expensive. Yet while I always look for discounts on amusement park tickets, I’ve never thought about saving money at  museum. Turns out, it’s the same process and you might even be able to get in for free.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Beverly, The Drink at Epcot’s Club Cool That People Love To Hate

I bet you’ve done it. Or if you haven’t, you know someone who’s done it. Or you know someone who’s been a victim of it.

You’re at Epcot and you stop at Club Cool, over in Future World. You grab cups and tell you friend/family member/whoever to, “Try the Beverly…it’s delicious!” They take a sip and…

Hilarity ensues. End scene.

Yeah, it’s pretty gross.

So what IS it about Beverly that most people just…hate?

Well…there are a bunch of reasons. It could be that it was never really made for American palates. Or that it wasn’t intended to drink quickly, but to slowly savor. Whatever the reason, it’s the soda at Disney that people love to hate, and Rob Plays has given us the whole, nasty history of it in the following video…

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If You Want To Visit This Museum, Better Make Your Reservations Way In Advance

When I visited Washington D.C. in August, I had some free time from when I arrived until the plans I had for dinner. I didn’t think much about what to do during the day, because I was going to be in Washington. There’s tons of things to do. Worst case would be walking around the monuments and through the Smithsonian museums. I remembered the one museum I have never seen, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is now open. Why not go to check it out?

When I arrived, I realized that just walking into the museum wasn’t going to happen. There was a huge queue already outside and another queue where people were handing in tickets. In fact, the museum is so popular that you need to make a reservation time entry way in advance.

Here’s how to make a reservation if you want to visit the museum.

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Want Something Different To Do While In NYC? How About The Museum of Sex?

Yup, The Museum of Sex. And yup, it’s a real place, with an address on 5th Ave in Manhattan. Now, I won’t sink to the childish depths of saying their exhibits will arouse your attention or you can really learn the ins and outs of this unusual museum or that they mount very explicit exhibits…mainly because others already have (by the way, those three are from Huffington Post. Because of course they are). But if was willing to sink to those depths, you know I would have. Or I would have at least said how exciting the museum is. 😉

Anyway, back to a serious note, here’s more about it…

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This Museum & Theme Park Is Mainly For Grown Ups, Because It’s All About Wine!

Joe and I have been to a lot of museums in our travels and we’ve done a lot of the biggies. The Museum of Natural History. The Louvre. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The British Museum. The Museum of Natural History. Bits and pieces of the Smithsonian. We have tentative plans to visit the Field Museum when we go to Chicago this fall. Joe’s been to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in NY and Museum of Popular Culture in Seattle. We’re both big fans of museums of science and industry in any big (or not so big) city we visit. We’ve even done some off-the-beaten track museums like the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, the Ghibli Museum in Japan and Alexander Hamilton’s home in Harlem, which has been turned into a museum. But this one we just found out about just sounds fascinating!

La Cité du Vin (City of Wine) is a museum & theme park dedicated to WINE! It’s located in Bordeaux, which make perfect sense, when you consider that Bordeaux is the wine capital of the world. And just like the science museums of your past (or maybe your present), they focus on an immersive, sensorial approach. And I’m ready to buy tickets right now!

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