Welcome to summer! I’m always looking for FREE museum admission to keep my kids learning through the summer (and throughout the year!). With a family of five, museum outings can be expensive, so we try to mix paid locations with these FREE and low-cost offers:
Museums on Us by Bank of America
Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers FREE visit days all over the country to B of A cardholders (just show your card at the admission window). Most museums are participating on the first weekend of the month, like the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Update: the fine print says only the “cardholders” are FREE, so it looks like adults get in free but kids have to pay.
Target’s Community Events
Target offers FREE or $1 museum days at many locations across the country, including the Children’s Museums in Baltimore, Boston, and Manhattan and the Franklin Institute of Science in Philadelphia. Check their website for dates and offers. You’ll also see free offers for children’s theater programs and other cultural events.
Local Museums’ Free Days
In your city, the local museums may offer certain days for FREE. Some museums, like the Detroit Institute of Arts or the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, offer FREE admission to visitors with proof of local residence. When I lived in Los Angeles, we loved visiting the California Science Center (free every day). Check your favorite museum’s website for more information.
Blue Star Program for Military Families
The Blue Star Program offers military families FREE admission all summer to participating museums like the Art Institute of Chicago. All active duty service members and their immediate family (up to 5 family members, including spouse, child or sibling) can participate. Check the FAQ for identification requirements and a list of participating museums.
What museums will you visit this summer?