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One more time: Get your natural sciences museum discount!

By popular request and demand, we are going to offer another discount day for N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences family memberships!

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By popular request and demand, we are going to offer another discount day for N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences family memberships!

The deal comes as the museum in downtown Raleigh prepares to wrap up its Rainforest Adventure exhibit, which closes on Sept. 1 (so you still have plenty of time to see that!), and gets ready for a new one called "The World's Largest Dinosaurs." It opens Oct. 11 and runs through April 12.

In World's Largest Dinosaurs, interactive exhibits — including the exhibition centerpiece, a life-sized, fleshed-out model of a 60-foot- long, 11-foot-tall female Mamenchisaurus, known for its remarkable, 30-foot neck — will shed light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism and reproduction are linked to size, according to a press release. An interactive excavation at the end of the exhibition will introduce visitors to how dinosaurs are discovered in the field through a replicated dig site.

The exhibit, which comes from the American Museum of Natural History, focuses on the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, which stretched between 15 and 150 feet long. 

Our membership deal will work the same way it did in both June and July.

Here's what happens: Get a family membership to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for $55, which is $15 off the usual $70. All you need to do is ask for the "Go Ask Mom 5" special at the museum box office or museum stores or enter the code GOASKMOM5 when purchasing a family membership online. This is good on Aug. 5.

What are some of the perks of membership at a museum that charges free admission? Members get:

Free admission to special exhibits including the current Rainforest Adventure, and upcoming World's Largest Dinosaurs. Members can see these exhibits for free as many times as they'd like. Tickets to The World's Largest Dinosaurs will be $14 for adults and $8 for kids ages 3 to 12 so, depending on how big your family is, you could cover the cost of membership with a visit to the exhibit pretty quickly.

Perks such as discounts on birthday parties; discounts and priority registration for summer camps (which I highly recommend); a discount at the museum store; special events for members; and hospitality areas at some of the museum's big events such as BugFest.

Free or discounted membership to more than 300 science museums around the world, which have come in handy more than a few times on my family's own vacations.

Also, your $55 family membership is fully tax deductible.


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