If you're like me, you like free things. I especially like to travel the world for next to nothing using credit card points and miles. Then, once I get to wherever I'm going, I look for inexpensive and free things to do.
If you're looking at how to save money on your next outing, whether close to home or on the other side of the globe, consider hitting up a museum. One of the best deals out there is right here in the U.S.:
Bank of America gives FREE access to its cardholders to over 175 museums and cultural centers around the U.S. on the 1st Saturday & Sunday of each month.
The program is called Museums on Us and anyone 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
2020 schedule for BOA’s Museums on Us
Free museum days fall on the first full weekend of each month. For 2020, the dates of the Bank of America Museums on Us program are:
- January 4th & 5th
- February 8th & 9th
- March 7th & 8th
- April 4th & 5th
- May 2nd & 3rd
- June 6th & 7th
- July 4th & 5th
- August 1st & 2nd
- September 5th & 6th
- October 3rd & 4th
- November 7th & 8th
- December 5th & 6th
How to get in for free
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, aquariums, 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
Know Before You Go: 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). Luckily, it’s easy to get free additional cards for your family, which seems worth it for this perk!
Participating museums, zoos, aquariums, science centers, gardens & more
A total of 33 states and 98 cities participate in the Museums On Us Program, which means you've got a lot of exploring to do!
Or, you can click here to search by zip code, if you prefer.
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.
Also, as you might know, this program isn't only limited to museums; also participating are some:
- Science Centers
- Cultural Centers
Note: Some special exhibitions, ticketed shows, and fundraising events are excluded.
Don't forget the dates: Set a text reminder
You can opt-in to receive texts or emails from Bank of America so you never miss a free weekend.
Visiting museums for free
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.
My wife and I saved over $90 in a single weekend by taking advantage of this program when we were on vacation in North Carolina a few months ago. Taking the time to find out what you can get for free is a great way to practice how to manage your money better.
We visited three amazing museums, enjoyed exploring the area, and had a great overall experience. Being the extra frugal couple we are, getting free admission to some pretty cool places reminded me how important it is to always check my credit cards for lesser-known perks and benefits.
We certainly look forward to using the Museums On Us Program whenever we can.
Psssst...want to learn how to take advantage of other lesser-known credit card perks? Join our Facebook group, FBZ Elite Travel & Points. Hope to see you there!