August 22, 2013 Edition

Michigan Activity Pass Includes Local Attractions

By Erich T. Doerr

Taking advantage of all kinds of cultural attractions in the State of Michigan became more convenient this summer with the launch of the Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network. The pass ties in with library cards to offer free or reduced admission to many of the state’s best known educational attractions.

Locally the Activity Pass program includes Mackinaw City’s Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, Naubinway’s Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, Brimley’s Wheels of History Museum, and the Toonerville Trolley and Tahquamenon Falls Riverboat Tour, both located in Soo Junction. Several other U.P. attractions are also included, such as Ishpeming’s U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame/Museum and both the DeVos Art Museum and the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette. The passes made their debut on Memorial Day weekend this year.

The pass is a joint effort among nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations throughout the state. The driving forces behind the program are The Library Network in southeast Michigan, the national Institute of Museum and Library Services, Detroit based association Culture- Source, and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

The library pass is available to those with a valid library card from a public library. To get a pass people can go online to MichiganActivityPass. info, either at home or at the library, and print it for an attraction based on a searchable database of all 60 attractions in the program. The purpose of the pass varies by location, with some offering free or reduced price admission, while others offer gift shop discounts or other deals. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires one week after the day it is printed.

At the Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum. the promotion offers $2 off adult admissions and $1 off youth admissions in addition to a 10% discount at the Ship’s Store gift shop. At the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum the pass offers one free admission with one paid admission.

Mackinaw Museum general manager Lisa Pallagi believes the Activity Pass is a good alliance between libraries and the state’s historical and educational organizations, all in the name of promoting learning.

“We’re had about a dozen (visitors using the pass) so far,” Ms. Pallagi said in early July. “I think it’s going to have a good impact.”

Cultural attractions throughout the state taking part in the program include Alpena’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Tipton’s Hidden Lake Gardens, Farmington Hills’ Holocaust Memorial Center, Flint’s Longway Planetarium, the Jackson Historic Prison Tours, and the Michigan Philharmonic orchestra in Plymouth. There are also many museums in the program, including Lansing’s R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, the Muskegon Museum of Art, Ypsilanti’s Michigan Firehouse Museum, Belleville’s Yankee Air Museum, Knowlton’s Ice Museum in Port Huron, and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan.

2013-08-22 / Social

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