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6 Ways to Visit Top Museums Across America for Free


6 Ways to Visit Top Museums Across America for Free

6 Ways to Visit Top Museums Across America for Free Photo by Monkey Business Images /

Whether you hope to vacation or staycation this summer, museums are among the many easy ways you can keep costs down.

Thousands of institutions across the country offer free admission every day, or on certain days of the week, month or year. They include museums of art, history, science, culture and industry, as well as children’s museums.

We’ve rounded up top tips to help you take advantage of these freebies. Museum policies may change, so call to confirm before you go.

1. Institutions that are always free

You can find museums across that country where admission is always free for everyone. Here are a few examples to illustrate the variety:

To find more, just do an internet search for “free museums” plus the city or state where you live or are traveling.

2. Institutions that are sometimes free

Many museums waive admission on a regular basis, such as on a certain day of the week or month. For example:

To find more, search for a phrase like “free museum admission days” plus a city or state, or check the websites of the museums you want to visit. Free days are often noted on the admission or hours page.

3. Institutions that waive admission for specific groups

Many museums also regularly waive admission for specific groups, such as local residents. A few examples (check with museums to learn their ID requirements for free admission):

Other such groups often include children, seniors, students and military members or veterans. Again, do a search for the applicable group or ask the museums you want to visit.

If you’re part of a military family, search for Blue Star Museums. Begun in 2010, this network now comprises some 2,000 institutions, all of which offer free admission to active-duty military personnel (including National Guard and Reserve) and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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