Friday, January 21, 2011

When Free Day is More Than Just That

Tomorrow’s admission-free day, Mid Oregon Credit Union Free Family Saturday, is much more than people getting something (something great, that is) for nothing. Many will discover that this Museum is alive and filled with fun, even though they are learning so much. Getting close to live, wild animals, meeting homesteaders from the 1880s High Desert frontier (portrayed) live, and learning all about the region’s cultural and natural history packs a big, lifelong-learning punch.

This Museum continually proves wrong the notion that Museums are dead and boring. Our members tell us that their children grew up to become museum-goers because their earliest impressions of museums were formed here.

For others, tomorrow’s free day is a chance to do something they otherwise couldn’t afford. We hear from families that our family membership of $75 for unlimited annual admission is the best value around. Yet when about 4,000 people arrive for each free day, it suggests that for some, admission is an issue, especially if they don’t live close enough to visit weekly or monthly.

And, it is Mid Oregon Credit Union’s generous support that helps make possible this free day and the one on Feb. 26. This organization clearly agrees that everyone should be able to share in the Museum’s singular experience.

One important note: please take our free shuttles to avoid parking lot traffic snarls. Go directly to Morning Star Christian School at 19741 Baker Road, just off Highway 97 at the Baker Road exit. Free van service is available from the school courtesy of the Museum and Wanderlust Tours throughout Museum hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both free days. Once the Museum lot is full, bottlenecks occur. And remember, parking on Highway 97 is illegal.

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