Wouldn’t you love to visit more museums?
What generally holds us back from going out to more museums is time and money. Let’s face it, not only can it get expensive for a family to go to the museum these days but it can get pretty hectic too (at least it is with our small army of kids).
Still, we try to do what we can to schedule trips out when we can.
That leaves the money part of the equation.
Some years ago, we discovered that Bank of America® actually has a great program called Museums on Us®.
What is Museums on Us?
If you have a Bank of America card (debit or credit) or Merill Lynch card (also credit or debit) then you are eligible for free admission to select museums and such during the first weekend of the month. Just walk up to the teller at the location and show them your Bank of America card (and ID). That’s it! Really, it’s that simple.
There are 150 museums and cultural institutions across the nation that are participating.
And it’s not just museums! It’s a good number of different kinds of cultural centers, zoos, and more covering over 90 cities in 31 states.
In years past we’ve been able to go to the world-class Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium on Coney Island, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum (check the schedule as locations change every year). All are awesome locations!
This year New York includes places like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, and more. I’ve been wanting to take the kids to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (I love seeing the samurai swords as well as the classical musical instruments).
I just might take the kids with this offer!
Bear in mind that the free admission is only for cardholders. So if you have kids you will need to pay for them. We get lucky sometimes and find coupons for the kids to locations we go to. And usually the adult tickets are more expensive anyway.
To help cut down costs further I’d suggest brown-bagging your lunch and bringing along snacks and drinks (check with the location first for their rules). Once you start buying meals and such at the museum the day starts getting expensive quick.
Also, make sure you get up bright and early. A nice day combined with a free admission tends to bring a lot of people out for the day. Avoid the longer lines that occur as the day goes on.
Here are the Museums on Us dates for free admission in 2014:
A Couple of Our Trips Using Museums on Us
For those of you not familiar with the NY Aquarium it’s located in Coney Island, Brooklyn basically on the boardwalk. In fact where we parked we were closer to the Cyclone roller coaster than we were to the aquarium. After visiting the aquarium we strolled along the boardwalk and Coney Island, taking in the scenery.
I forget how festive and vibrant that area is!
Another year we visited the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
Umm, wow. The museum is located within, and on top of, the retired USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. Oh, and they also have a nuclear submarine docked next to it that you can explore. Besides various military aircraft there is also a Concorde jet, which used to be used for transatlantic flight. I definitely recommend the trip, especially now that they have the Enterprise space shuttle (we’ll be going back for that).
If you’re traveling to another city take a minute to check to see if they have any Museums on Us attractions there. If your dates work out you can end up saving some good money on your vacation!
If you have a Bank of America account you really should check out the Museums on Us site to see if there are participating attractions near you! The price is right!
So do you have a card with Bank of America? If so go take advantage of your free admission!
Check out the Museums on Us site for details on your city and state.