Guys….Museums are awesome! The arts! The culture! The education! The super high admission price? Not quite as awesome.
We want to be out there strolling through art museums, pretending to be fancy. We want to run around the science museum, messing with all of the cool experiments. And we want to do it for free! Here are some ways my family has been able to get free museum admission:
Tons of libraries allow patrons to borrow passes to local museums. We live in the Napa County, and we’ve already used our library’s program to visit The Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Pacific, and The Discovery Museum. My kids loved them all!
Bank of America offers account holders free admission to 150 museums on the first full weekend of every month. We’ve only managed to visit one of the 150 museums, so far, but we’re ready for more!
I don’t know of any other banks that offer free museum admission, but check with your bank, just in case!
Many museums have free or discounted admission on certain days of the week, month or year. Check your museum’s website to what they offer. Smithsonian Magazine also offers “Free Museum Day” at hundreds of museums around the country, once a year. Check website for details.
If you, or a family member are in college, check with Student Services Office to see if they offer discounted tickets, or free admission days for students. While I attended college in Baltimore, my family got to visit The National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center for free. With their pricey admission, we wouldn’t have been able to see these museums any other way.
Although it does require some work, mystery shopping is a great way to visit expensive attractions for free. I’ve taken my family to amusement parks, the Ripley’s museum, movies, bowling, and on countless other adventures for free by mystery shopping the employees’ performance while I’m there. Email me for recommendations, if you’re interested.