People unhappy about cost of memberships and tickets to Mississippi Aquarium

While some families are looking at nearby facility prices in comparison, Mississippi Aquarium officials say there’s more to their prices than meets the eye.

People unhappy about cost of memberships and tickets to Mississippi Aquarium
Officials say memberships offer people the chance to participate in conservation. (Source: Photo facebook/mississippiaquarium)

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Some fans of the Mississippi Aquarium started second guessing their allegiance once the aquarium announced prices right before Thanksgiving.

Officials say memberships offer people the chance to participate in conservation.

“So, our memberships are a great way to partner with the aquarium. As the aquarium is a non-profit 501(c)3, we support all operations here at the Mississippi Aquarium. Being a member actually helps support all of the programs we do," said Kurt Allen, Senior VP and COO of the Mississippi Aquarium.

While some families are looking at nearby facility prices in comparison, Mississippi Aquarium officials say that there’s more to their prices than meets the eye.
While some families are looking at nearby facility prices in comparison, Mississippi Aquarium officials say that there’s more to their prices than meets the eye. (Source: Photo WLOX)

Allen said that those programs are far-reaching and some don’t even take place on the aquarium property.

“Our sails that our logo is comprised of stands for education, conservation and community. Your membership dollars actually support the three pillars that we’re building our business on. Dolphin research projects right here in our own backyard, turtle research over in Ocean Springs, upstate research in the freshwater rivers. So, there’s a lot of different conservation projects that you’ll be able to support," said Allen.

While some families are looking at nearby facility prices in comparison, Mississippi Aquarium officials say that there’s more to their prices than meets the eye.
While some families are looking at nearby facility prices in comparison, Mississippi Aquarium officials say that there’s more to their prices than meets the eye. (Source: Photo WLOX)

And Allen said the benefits don’t stop at education, conservation and community.

“Some other benefits are a newsletter just to our members, private events for our members, discounts on food and beverage and retail shops. There’s a lot more than just coming to the aquarium that you’ll be able to take advantage of," Allen explained.

In addition to the unlimited membership through May of 2021, members receive the following benefits:

MEMBERSHIP PERKS INCLUDE:
Skip the lines with VIP entry.
Subscription to members only newsletter
10% off retail and photos
10% off birthday parties, summer camps and kids events
Invitations/discounts pricing to member only events, like members appreciation night
Reduced individual guest ticket when accompanied by a member (10%)
Individual membership cards printed onsite at time of purchase
Memberships are non-transferrable and non-refundable
Full general price admission can be upgraded to membership within 14 days of purchase

So, the Mississippi Aquarium is seeking loyal fans just as much as it’s seeking co-sponsors in the work that the aquarium is doing and will do for years to come to make coastal Mississippi the place to be both on land and underwater.

Membership prices vary from $95 (individual) to $345 (family of four). For more on ticket and membership pricing, visit here.

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