Monday, August 29, 2011

Free Museum List

Hankering for something fun, free, and maybe educational to do? Well, never fear! I've scouted around, and.... it looks like all of these museums are free!* (*according to the Internet. Please, please double check with museums near you!) Here's a list for several U.S. cities - Let me know of others that can be added!

Ann Arbor:

University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History (suggested $6 donation)
University of Michigan Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry

Atlanta Metro:
The King Center
Fernbank Science Center
Autrey Mill Heritage Center

Museum of African-American History 
Boston Fire Museum

The Museum of Contemporary
Photography - Admission: $0!
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art                             

Museum of Contemporary Photography
National Museum of Mexican Art

National Geographic Museum
National Building Museum
The Smithsonian Museums

Visit the California African
American Museum for free!
Los Angeles Metro: 
California African American Museum
California Science Center
Santa Monica Museum of Art

Miami's Holocaust Memorial
Bakehouse Art Complex

New York: 
National Museum of the American Indian
Fashion Institute of Technology Museum
Socrates Sculpture Park

Phoenix Metro:
The Riparian Institute (Gilbert)

Portland, Oregon (and around the area)
Kidd's Toy Museum
Portland Police Museum
Wells Fargo History Museum

San Francisco and the Bay Area: 
Learn all about the trolleys of San
Francisco for absolutely nothing!
San Francisco Cable Car Museum                                           
Chinese Culture Center
San Francisco Fire Department Museum

Seattle and Northwest Washington State: 
Frye Art Museum
Olympic Sculpture Park
Whatcom Museum (Bellingham)

Special thanks to National Geographic Travel, twice!, thrice!, four!   no really it's a great resource, for real it, Hidden Portland, Discover Los Angeles,, Lonely Planet, and


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  2. A few links we have used frequently for our frugal adventures:

    Chart of free museums and free days in LA area:

    Seattle area:

    We also learned that the Seattle Children's Museum offers $1 admission to families with food benefits.

    And don't forget Free Museum Day (Smithsonian Magazine) is coming up soon!

    Entertaining kids, and expanding our adult minds doesn't have to cost a thing!

  3. Hey Cap'n,
    Ann Arbor and Ypsi Libraries also offer free museum passes available by showing your library card.

    There's also the Kelsey Museum of Archaelogy in A2, and the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments ( ) that are free!

  4. Jennifer and PJ - Thank you for the links and the info!!

  5. That is the best Technology we have now a days for our families.