Bank of America's Free Museums on Us Program: 2018 Dates, How It Works & When To Go

Ask anyone who knows me and they can confirm – I LOVE free stuff.

I literally spend hours looking for deals every single week and have saved thousands of dollars over the years.

Psssst...I share a lot of travel deals in our Facebook group, FBZ Elite. Hope to see you in there!

One of my favorite ways to save is by using some of the lesser known perks from my credit cards.

Visiting Museums for Free

A few weeks back, I was in Charlotte, NC for a weekend getaway with my wife.

It happened to fall on the first full weekend of the month and since we’re always looking for ways to save money, I was trying to figure out something free we could do.

Then, I remembered: Bank of America gives FREE access to its cardholders to over 175 museums around the US on the 1st Saturday & Sunday of each month. 


The program is called Museums on Us and anyone who with a Bank of America (BOA) or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card (including authorized users) can take advantage of it.

💡  ‘BOA’ is a common abbreviation for ‘Bank of America’
Me with my BOA Travel Rewards card standing in front of a museum we visited for free

How To Get In For Free

Thankfully, this program is really straightforward. To get free access, all you need to do is:

1. Show up at one of the participating museums, zoos, science centers, or botanical gardens on the first full weekend of the month,

2. Show an active Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and a photo ID,

3. Get issued tickets just like a paid customer and you’re free to explore for the entire day.

Here’s a complete list of participating museums (there's over 175!)

The best part is, there is no limit on how many times you can visit, or how many museums you can see. So, if you live in a city with one of these museums, you can go see the new exhibits every month!

Note: Some special exhibitions, ticketed shows, and fundraising events are excluded.

2018 Schedule for BOA’s Museums on Us

Free museum days fall on the first weekend of each month. For 2018, the dates of the Bank of America Museums on Us program are:

  • January 6th & 7th
  • February 3rd & 4th
  • March 3rd & 4th
  • April 7th & 8th
  • May 5th & 6th
  • June 2nd & 3rd
  • July 7th & 8th
  • August 4th & 5th
  • September 1st & 2nd
  • October 6th & 7th
  • November 3rd & 4th
  • December 1st & 2nd

Want a text reminder? You can opt-in to receive texts from BOA so you never miss a free weekend!

Bottom Line

This is an amazing FREE perk that few people seem to know about and even fewer take advantage of, and I’m on a mission to change that!

We saved over $90 in a weekend, saw three amazing museums, and had a great time.

This perk is only good for the actual cardholder, so unless your guests have their own BOA or Merrill Lynch card, they will have to pay the admission fee (although they seem to be lenient with children’s admission fees), but it’s easy to get free additional cards for your family, which seems worth it for this perk!

Will you be taking advantage of this perk? Let us know!

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