Bringing the family to a museum is a great way to spend the day. However, with pricey admissions, some museums might be out of your budget. Thankfully, there are plenty of free museums throughout the country, perfect for a cultural experience without breaking the bank.
The Alabama art museum offers family-friendly exhibits and programming. There are designated hands-on areas for children to enjoy activities and special programming. Admission for the general public is always free.
This museum in Tacoma, Washington, operates on a “pay as you will” admission model. Those who are able may pay a donation for their visit. The museum has special hours set aside for members and special needs families. The museum is open to the general public Wednesday–Sunday.
Bring your family to the Getty Center on your next visit to Los Angeles. The museum offers stunning views of the city from its beautiful gardens. Wander and enjoy the architecture and sculptures. As an added bonus, the trolley ride from the parking lot to the museum is fun for kids. Admission is free, but there is a fee for parking.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., offers visitors 19 different museums, galleries, gardens and a zoo. There’s something for everyone with options including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History and the National Portrait Gallery, to name a few.
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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit now offers a new, 90-minute Mexican Doll Workshop perfect for families. Children are invited to design their own Mexican rag doll using colored ribbons and fabrics. Offering a unique bonding experience for families, the workshop also supports the local community and honors the indigenous women who started the craft.
Valley Forge National Historical Park is a great place to bring your history-loving family. Located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the park is the site of the 1777–1778 winter encampment of the Continental army during the American Revolutionary War. Today, the 3,500-acre park boasts trails, replicas and other historical markers perfect for learning more about Valley Forge’s place in our nation’s history.