If you could provide links from where you are getting this information, I will forward it along to the valley staff to try and get the verbiage clearer. But to clear things up, the observatories policy is: The museum is free for all patrons that come up the cog/auto road as well as members that hike up. The observatory facilities tour, starting this year, is for members only regardless of how they get here.
Originally Posted by Brad
Staff Meteorologist/Night Observer, KMWN (Mt Washington Obs., NH)