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Free Family-Friendly Museums

by Katie Skrzek

Jan 7, 2021

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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.


Birmingham Museum of Art

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.


Children’s Museum of Tacoma

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.


Getty Center

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.


Smithsonian Institution

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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