On the first Saturday and Sunday of every month, you can visit more than 150 museums nationwide for free with your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card. Each card admits one person with photo ID. The program is in its 16th year. The Museums on Us program includes museums in 31 states and the District of Columbia, including some new museums for 2013.
They include such prestigious institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Seattle Art Museum, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in San Diego and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Participating institutions include not just art museums, but all kinds of cultural venues, such as the Houston Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas and the Motown Museum in Detroit.
New to the program this year are the Orlando Science Center in Florida, El Museo del Barrio in New York City and the San Antonio Children’s Museum in Texas. A number of science museums and children’s museums are also on the list of participating museums.
In 2013, the free museum days are:
- January 5-6
- February 2-3
- March 2-3
- April 6-7
- May 4-5
- June 2-3
- July 6-7
- August 3-4
- September 7-8
- October 5-6
- November 2-3
- December 7-8
LOTC tip: Most museums have a free day or a day where the admission price is reduced once a month. Before you plan your visit, call or visit the museum’s website to find out when you can visit the museum on the cheap.