Best Museum Membership for Families in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Museum memberships give access to more than just free admission at these local museums. Get info on great options for families in southeast Michigan.

Families in southeast Michigan and Ann Arbor shouldn’t take local museums for granted.

Museums are incredible places for families to spend an afternoon — and with the number of changing exhibitions and presentations — investing in a family membership is one way to keep your little ones entertained and learning all year round.

Even museums that offer free admission like the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Institute of Arts make family memberships worth it with perks like discounts on ticketed special exhibits and access to exclusive group events.

Whatever your family’s favorite museum may be, take a look at some of the advantages of a museum membership and help your favorite local institutions thrive.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

This 12-month membership gives families access to incredible, interactive exhibits. Plus, enjoy discounts for birthday parties and store purchases, and free members’ nights.

Arab American National Museum

A family membership to the Arab American National Museum grants free access to two adults and up to four children who reside at the same address, plus two free guest passes per year. The museum has specific youth and family programs and is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to documenting and sharing Arab American history and life.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Dynamic visiting exhibits and powerful permanent installations are hallmarks of this museum. Families can expect year-round youth programming, too. Membership gives families access to exhibit previews and store discounts.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

The Cranbrook Institute of Science’s observatory, planetarium, science garden, nature trails and more than 10 permanent gallery installations makes this museum a great choice for families with little ones. Membership gives access to virtual lectures and discounts at the museum store and for planetariumtickets.

Detroit Historical Museum

Members of the Detroit Historical Museum enjoy special VIP access to top exhibitions, curator-led discussions, exclusive member events and museum shop discounts. Plus, fun, kid-friendly historical exhibitions.

Detroit Institute of Arts

While museum entry is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, membership at the DIA comes with perks. Members enjoy discounted Detroit Film Theater tickets, free admission to ticketed events, access to special auxiliary groups and more.

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

One of Michigan’s foremost museums celebrating innovation is located in Dearborn. Memberships offer families free admission to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village and traditional films at the Giant Screen Experience as well as free parking and admission to seasonal events.

Michigan Science Center

A one-year membership at the Michigan Science Center gives families discounts on camps, paid theater tickets and access to special member events. Plus, free admission to one of the state’s premier science experiences.

Sloan Museum of Discovery

The Sloan Museum is currently undergoing a $26.5 million renovation and is slated to open in summer 2022. Families can expect a planetarium, hands-on science exhibits, play areas and much more.

U-M Museum of Natural History

General admission at the museum is free, but membership offers four free planetarium passes, invites to members only events and a discount at the cafe and store.

Yankee Air Museum

For little ones obsessed with planes, the Yankee Air Museum is sure to entertain. Membership comes with perks like free tickets to special holiday events and real plane ride discounts.

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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