The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a group of currently more than 350 independent science centers and museums worldwide that participate in the reciprocal Passport Program. This program encourages Members to visit other science centers and museums when traveling.
The reciprocal benefits vary by each museum/center. We recommend you call a museum before your visit to ensure you know what the specific benefits they offer for reciprocal Members.
The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Passport Program is designed to allow families who are members of their local science centers or museums to receive free general admission to all other participating ASTC Passport Program science centers or museums around the world while they are traveling. This program is a valuable benefit local science centers can offer to their members. It can also be a money-saving benefit, allowing members to sample some of the world’s most exciting science centers and museums while vacationing or visiting family and friends.
One caveat to the ASTC Passport Program is that reciprocal membership benefits do not apply to centers within a 90-mile radius of the family’s residency. This rule was instituted to protect museums within a close proximity of one another from competing for the same potential members based solely on price. What this means locally is that McWane Science Center members cannot obtain free admission to other participating centers within a 90-mile radius of Birmingham. Nor can members of other science centers who still reside within the 90-mile radius obtain free admission to McWane Science Center. Free admission to the Huntsville Space & Rocket Center excludes McWane Science Center members residing In Madison, Marshall, Jackson, Morgan and Limestone Counties.