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All-in-one pass introduced for Erie County museums

Tom Jackson • Feb 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Three Erie County museums have joined forces to offer a money-saving plan that provides greater benefits to big families.   

The new $45 M3 Family Pass offers one-time admission to each of three museums: The Maritime Museum of Sandusky, the Merry-Go-Round Museum and the Milan Historical Museum.

A family of four, which would spend a collective $52 for one visit to each museum, would save about $6 by purchasing the M3 Family Pass, said Joan Van Offeren, executive director of Lake Erie Shores & Islands.   

The savings would increase, however, for families that bring more people to each museum visit.

Organizers haven’t specifically said who qualifies as a family member, but it presumably applies to parents, grandparents and children. 

“It’s a great financial bargain for anybody who is interested,” said Ann Basilone, executive director of the Milan Historical Museum.

The passes are available at each museum and at the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center on U.S. 250. They expire Dec. 31. 

Vicki VandenBout, executive director of the Merry-Go-Round Museum, came up with the idea. 

“We work so hard within this community to work together on just promoting each other,” VandenBout said. “We thought this was just a perfect opportunity to do that.”

“They don’t have to use it on the same day,” she said. “They can buy it and use it through the summer.”

A family could use the pass to visit a museum one weekend, for instance, then visit another museum the following weekend, she said.

“We’ve been talking about this for a couple of years,” said Neil Allen, executive director of the Maritime Museum of Sandusky. “We finally were able to put everything together.”

The museums offer something for the whole family, Allen said.

“We have activities for the children to do while they’re here,” he said of the Maritime Museum.

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