Exploring the benefits: Regular vs. flexible guest passes at the Tampa Bay History Center

The Tampa Bay History Center offers a unique way to delve into Tampa Bay’s history, culture, and heritage. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a family looking for educational outings, or someone interested in the local culture, the History Center has something to offer. Particularly for those who love to share their experiences with others, the History Center’s membership options provide a range of benefits tailored to meet diverse needs, including the innovative “Flexible Guest” benefit for members. Let’s compare a regular guest pass with a flexible guest pass to determine which option might be best for you.

Regular guest pass

A regular guest pass is a standard feature of membership options offered by museums and cultural institutions. At the Tampa Bay History Center, membership at the Family Level and above allows for the admission of 2 named adults and their children. This option is ideal for families or individuals who plan to visit the museum multiple times throughout the year, offering a cost-effective way to enjoy the Center’s exhibits, programs, and special events.

Flexible guest pass: A closer look

The Tampa Bay History Center enhances the membership experience with the “Flexible Guest” benefit, designed to provide VIP members with more versatility in their visitation options. This benefit is perfect for those who often have different guests accompanying them, such as family members visiting from out of town or different friends joining for each visit. Here’s how the flexible guest pass works for each membership level:

  • Supporter Members: Includes 2 named adults and children, with the ability to bring one additional guest per visit.
  • Sponsor Members: Allows for two additional guests per visit, on top of the named members and children.
  • Patron Members: Offers the opportunity to bring three additional guests per visit.
  • Benefactor Members: This level provides the flexibility of four additional guests per visit.
  • Founder Members: The most comprehensive level, allowing for five additional guests per visit.

Important restrictions to note

While the flexible guest benefit significantly enhances the membership value, it’s important to remember the following restrictions:

  • An adult named on the membership card must be present during each visit.
  • A valid membership card and photo ID are required at Visitor Services.
  • Additional benefits, such as discounts and parking validation, apply only to those named on the membership card.
  • The flexible guest benefit applies to member receptions but may not apply to all special events.
  • The additional guest allowance is per visit, not cumulative, and memberships are non-refundable, non-transferable, and not valid for resale.

Which pass is right for you?

Choosing between a regular guest pass and a flexible guest pass depends on your lifestyle and how you prefer to experience the Tampa Bay History Center. If your visits are primarily with immediate family members on your membership, the regular guest pass offers great value and convenience. However, if you enjoy bringing different guests to the museum, the flexible guest pass provides the adaptability and additional access that can make your and your guests’ experience more engaging and varied.

Whichever option you choose, the Tampa Bay History Center’s membership benefits ensure that each visit offers a new opportunity to explore Tampa Bay’s history and culture with family and friends.