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Museums are one of many easy ways to keep costs down whether you’re vacationing or staying this summer.
Thousands of institutions across the country offer free admission every day or on certain days, months, or years. Museums, museums of history, science, culture, industry, children’s museums and more.
Below are many of the main ways to redeem these giveaways. Museum policies are subject to change, so call to check before you go.
1. Always Free Institution
The country has museums where admission is always free for everyone. Here are some examples to illustrate diversity.
If you want to know more, do an internet search for “free museums” and the city or state you live in or travel to.
2. Sometimes Free Institutions
Many museums have regular admission waivers, such as certain days of the week and months. for example:
For more information, search for terms such as ‘free museum admission days’ and your city or state, or check the website of the museum you want to visit. Free days are often listed on the admissions and opening hours pages.
3. Organizations that exempt certain groups from entering
Many museums regularly exempt certain groups, such as local residents, from entering. Some examples (check with the museum for ID requirements for free entry):
Other such groups often include children, seniors, students, military personnel or veterans. Search again for the appropriate group or ask the museum you want to visit.
If you are part of a military family, search Blue Star MuseumLaunched in 2010, the network now consists of approximately 2,000 facilities, all of which serve active duty military personnel (including the National Guard and Reservists) and their families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day. can enter for free.
4. Bank of America’s Museums on Us program
Bank of America, U.S. Trust and Merrill Lynch credit and debit card holders our museum program.
Click here for institutions currently participating in the program.
Cardholders simply present a Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, or US Trust credit or debit card and photo ID for entry.
5. Annual Free Museum Day
Host of Smithsonian Magazine museum day Mid-September every year. Participating museums offer free admission to anyone who downloads a free ticket from the Smithsonian Magazine website. see the site, from mid-August on the availability of tickets. Up to two of his guests are free with a Museum Day ticket.
You can also browse and search for local annual events that are free to enter. for example, Austin Museum Day (second-to-last Sunday in September) includes free access to exhibits at Austin, Texas area museums. Museums/Museums (February) includes free general admission to over 30 museums in Southern California.
6. Mutual Membership Program
The basic idea behind the Mutual Membership Program is that joining an institution that is part of a network allows you to visit other institutions within that network for free or at a reduced rate.
for example, North American Mutual Museum (NARM) Association, which boasts “more than 1,000 member institutions in six countries”. Art, cultural and historical institutions, botanical gardens, children’s museums, science centers and more.
When you join one of these institutions with your NARM membership level, free admission to the other institutions is included as a benefit.
Other museum-related reciprocal membership programs include:
7. Museum programs for all
Thanks to the federal “Museums for All” program, launched in 2014, food aid recipients have free or discounted admission to more than 1,000 museums across the United States. He just presents his SNAP EBT card upon entry, which covers a maximum of 4 people per visit.
To find participating museums, Museum for All website Use the search tool or view the full list.