Museums are great, but admission fees can sometimes make you think twice about checking out the exhibitions.
That’s why we love free museum days such as the Museums on Us program sponsored by Bank of America.
The program offers free general admission at more than 225 museums nationwide during the first full weekend of each month to anyone with a Bank of America, Merill Lynch or U.S. Trust credit or debit card.
This weekend, the first full weekend in September, you can get free admission in Chicago at the Alder Planetarium and the Art Institute of Chicago; in Atlanta at the Atlanta History Center and the High Museum of Art; and in San Francisco at the de Young Museum.
Check out the full list of museums offering free admission this weekend here.
Another year-round free entry program to keep in mind is the Every Kid Outdoors Program.
The program provides fourth graders with free, multi-use vouchers to national parks, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries, and forests and is a collaboration between the Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Forest Service.
The bonus here is that because fourth graders aren’t likely to drive themselves to these sites, the vouchers not only provide free entry for fourth graders, but to all children under 16 in a group and up to three accompanying adults – or an entire car for drive-in parks.
Find details about getting the pass here. Vouchers are valid now through August 31, 2020.