The Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Program has many museums that you can explore in the southeastern region of the United States. If you have never tried a reciprocal program before, you should check out this program so that you can save hundreds of dollars every year on admission to many museums that you will enjoy and love. 

If you live or travel in the eastern United States and want to learn more about how you can visit all the places you wish for free or at a discounted rate, read on below. You will know more about venues you are sure to want to visit that are available through SERM. 

Pioneer Museum of Alabama

Located in Troy, Alabama, the Pioneer Museum of Alabama is an excellent place to learn more about the 19th century, and the early 20th century then the Pioneer Museum of Alabama is a great place to start. You will find exhibits like these:

  • The Dogtrot Cabin
  • Split Rail Fence
  • The Tenant House

These three exhibits only touch the surface of what you will see there. There are twenty-two historic structures to explore and 18,000 artifacts to see that bring to life the history of this rich heritage. They have four thematic exhibits halls that display:

  • Historic farm equipment
  • Textile arts
  • Archaeology of the Southeastern Native Americans
  • Militaria from the Civil War and WW2

This museum will bring back the past in vivid ways to give a taste of what your ancestors went through to make this country be what it is today. 

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

Located in Springdale, Arkansas, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has so much rich history of the Ozarks. You will find many hands-on activities and videos to watch. They have clothes from lives from the past you can try on and music. Here are some of the exhibits you will want to see:

  • Prehistoric Ozarks
  • Settling the Ozarks
  • Civil War to World War 1
  • 1920 to 1950
  • Modern Times
  • Gone Fishing
  • I Just Know I Like to Paint
  • Seen Through Her Wardrobe

There are many fun things to do and see while you visit while on your trip there. 

Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum

The Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum is located in Pensacola, Florida. This beautiful old lighthouse was built in 1869. Until 1965 families lived in the lighthouse and took care of it. It was turned into a museum afterward. Some exhibits to explore include:

  • Coast Guard
  • History of Illumination
  • Living History
  • Women Who Lit the Way
  • Industries of Pensacola
  • Oil Shed
  • Reading Room

If you are a civilian, you will need to ask about unique tour options for the time being. However, since it is located on the Naval Air Station Pensacola, they let the Department of Defense and Veterans Health ID cardholders inside without making prior arrangements to join a tour. 

Florida Holocaust Museum

Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Florida Holocaust Museum illustrates the tragic history of the Holocaust in which six million Jews were killed. Although, a terrible time in history, learning about the past helps us know and hopefully not repeat history. A few exhibits you will see include:

  • The Boxcar
  • History, Heritage, and Hope
  • Dimensions in Testimony
  • Kaddish in Wood- Woodcarvings by Dr. Herbert Savel

Although the Holocaust is hard to imagine happening again, we must remember the horrific event. 

Tennessee State Museum

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Tennessee State Museum has many permanent and traveling exhibits you will want to see. Each of these presentations teaches history. Some of the permanent displays include:

  • Forging a Nation
  • Natural History
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Tennessee Time Tunnel
  • Change & Challenge
  • First Peoples
  • Tennessee Transforms

These displays help you discover our history.  They show us the struggles of those who came to this nation to settle. 

Gregg Museum of Art & Design

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have about six new exhibits to see each year. They have lectures on particular subjects, videos, and events throughout the year that may be very interesting to you. You will want to check out the Native American Arts Collection while there. Some upcoming special exhibits include:

  • Art from Chris Honduras
  • Pastels from Will Henry Stevens

You are sure to enjoy visiting the Gregg Museum of Art & Design.

To Conclude 

Joining the SERM assures you can keep going to the museums you love. Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Programs guarantee you will receive better rates and sometimes free admission. If saving money appeals to you, then join SERM and start saving hundreds of dollars per year. Then you can enjoy all the benefits of a SERM membership.