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Give the Gifts That Keep on Giving
by Jamie Moses
Cultural institutions give pleasure year-round
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. It would be unusual to give someone a fish for Christmas, or to teach them to fish on Christmas day. You can, however, give something lasting that feeds the mind and soul. All of our cultural institutions have generous benefits for anyone who becomes a member. Furthermore, your membership greatly assists these organizations maintain and grow their programming. We can’t list them all but we have made a list of our favorites and the ones people should be most familiar with. Buying a membership can be easily done online and there’s still time to have the membership cards mailed to you for wrapping. If you don’t see a cultural organization on this list that you’re interested in, just call them.
Theatre Bucks are accepted as cash at 21 theatres (listed) and are available on the TAB website in $25 denominations. The person you gift can decide when and where and what show they want to see. You’re off the hook if the show’s not good and you’re a hero if it is. These are the participating theatres: Buffalo Laboratory Theatre; Buffalo United Artists; Brazen Faced Varlets; ComdeySportz Buffalop Irish Classical Theatre Company; Jewish Repertory Theatre Company; Kaleidoscope Theatre; Kavinoky Theatre; Lancaster Opera House; MusicalFare Theatre; New Phoenix; O’Connell & Company; Paul Robeson Theatre; Red Thread Theatre; Road Less Traveled Theatre; Shakespeare in Delaware Park; Shea’s Performing Arts Center; Subversive Theatre; Theatre of Youth; Torn Space Theatre; Ujima Company.
ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY
Membership at the Albright-Knox is selling at a 25% discount until December 31st. Membership lets you enjoy free admission for a year; discounted parking; and discounts at AK Café, Shop AK, and select establishments in the Elmwood Village. It also includes a monthly newsletter and free admission to a number of museums across New York state through the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program.
As with all of the institutions there are discounted family memberships, senior memberships, student memberships, etc.
BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER
Like the Albright-Knox, Burchfield Penney is offering 25% off memberships until January 1st. A $60 membership is only $45. Their membership also includes unlimited free admission for a year, invitations to members only events, exhibitions and previews, discounts at the Museum Store, mailings, and the same reciprocal admission to participating New York State Museums.
BUFFALO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
A $45 membership to the Science Museum gets you unlimited general admission plus free or discounted admission to over 350 science and children’s museums worldwide. Also, offered are discounted admission to National Geographic 3D cinema; discounts for camps, events, Elements Café and the Curiosity Shop and more. As with other institutions there are several levels of membership discounts including Military.
BUFFALO HISTORY MUSEUM
As the largest history museum in New York west of Albany, The Buffalo History Museum is the keeper of the authentic stories that make our community unique. This is great place to do research on the area, on your neighborhood or even your home. If you catch the researching bug you’ll return here over and over. Their collections, exhibits and programs tell the stories of the people, events and movements that demonstrate Western New York’s essential place in American history.
Membership Benefits include free admissing to the museum and research library; free admission to the Resource Center on Forest Ave; discounts on museum shop purchases and online picture store; invitations to members-only exhibit openings and advance notice and discounts on special program. Plus the Time Traveler Reciprocal Program that includes over 200 museums and historical societies.
DARWIN MARTIN HOUSE
Anyone who has followed the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House knows what a remarkable job has been done there. This is a place you can bring guests and visiting family to all year long. Your membership includes unlimited basic tours of the complex for a year; a discount at the Museum Store or online; discounts at area businesses; invitation to holiday sale with special discounts; discounts on education programs and special events.
EXPLORE AND MORE
This is our top choice for families with kids. Create, discover, and imagine at Explore & More all year long by becoming a member. You’ll get free unlimited admission for a year; discounts on birthday parties, gift shop purchases and classes. Also includes 50% discount for up to 6 people to more than 200 children’s museums nationwide through the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network.blog comments powered by Disqus
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