About 100 families came along with Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll on Saturday as she led Salem residents on a free train ride and complementary visit to the Museum of Science in Boston, Driscoll said.
For the second consecutive year, the Norman H. Read Trust, a Salem trust that provides funds for many science education initiatives, financed a month-long opportunity for Salem residents to visit the Museum of Science for free.
"Last year, about 3,000 people took advantage of the offer, and we're hoping to up that this year," Driscoll said.
Along with museum entry, post cards received by Salem residents in the mail also provide them access to the Mugar Omni Theater for IMAX movies and a free round-trip ride on the MBTA Commuter Rail to North Station in Boston on two select days, Driscoll said.
Saturday's free train ride left at 10:38 a.m., Driscoll said. On the trip, she saw people ranging from young families to elderly groups and younger couples in attendance.
"In tough economic times, thanks to the Read Trust, you can go to the Museum of Science, see an Omni movie, and take the train in and out for free," Driscoll said.
Saturday's group trip went off without a hitch, Driscoll said about the mild-weather day during which she saw many families.
"The goal is to get families to come to the museum together, and to spend some time together, and to learn together," Driscoll said.
The free admission deal began Sept. 1 and extends until Sept. 30, Driscoll said.
Next Saturday John Keenan, State Representative for Salem, will accompany residents on the free 10:38 a.m. train ride to the museum, Driscoll said.