Free Museum Days - The Art Institute of Chicago Museum

Free Museum Days

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While at the library checking out books, I saw a printout of free admission to museums around Chicago for Illinois residents. I’m normally not a museum person, but if the weather is bad and the admission is free I would totally change my tune. I grabbed the list and put it on my fridge, just in case I decided that I was able to go sometime. While I haven’t been to any of the museums with free admission yet, it’s a great perk that I don’t think many residents know of.

If you’re interested in other cities and museums that may have free admission, I would suggest doing a search on the internet. I did a quick search on Google and found the site, which has a Twitter feed and a city listing with days that museums are free. It’s not really a comprehensive city listing, but it does list a few of the major cities in the U.S. If your city or the city you’re visiting is not listed here, I’m sure you be able to find additional resources on the internet with information on free museum days.

Museums on Us® from Bank of America

In addition to the state funded admission days, there is also free admission to museums the first weekend of the month if you are a Bank of America cardholder. There are a lot of great museums that participate in this program including the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. When I was playing tour guide for my friend Stu when he was in town, we walked by the Art Institute and after confirming that he was a Bank of America customer, hopped in for a quick hour tour around the museum for free. A trip that we would likely have not made if we both had to pay an admission fee.

One of the best parts of this program is that this is a nationwide program and covers 150 museums, so if you’re traveling the first weekend of the month, check out if there are any participating museums. This could be quite a big savings, especially if it was a museum that you were planning on attending anyway.

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Bitten by the travel bug during a semester abroad in college, Lynn was able to travel around much of Europe on a shoestring budget. Her travel motto is "If I haven't been there yet, it's probably on my list". When she isn't daydreaming about her next trip, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, reading blogs on how to travel the world on points or spending time with her fluffy cat Gingerbread.