Coupons for Museums
Children’s Museums | Science Museums
Museums are a great place to learn about the world in which we live in. Today you’ll find museums in just about every town or city, not just major metropolitan cities. And it’s not just ancient artifacts of the past. Many museums today are for modern day science and exploration. Then there’s the children’s museums, which as the name implies, are designed specifically for children. Ready to explore? Here are some tips for finding museum coupons and discounts on tickets.
City Cards – This is a great way to explore the city for cheap. The two most well known ones that are nationwide are the CityPass and the Go Card by Smart Destinations. For these cards you pay just one price and you get free admission to the listed museums (usually all of major museums in the city) as well as free admission or discounted admission to many of the other attractions in the city. They are only good for a few days so it’s great if you want to see the city all at once.
Ticket Discounters – Check out some of the ticket discounters like Trusted Tours & Attractions. Here you can purchase tickets to certain museums ahead of time and save a little extra money. Some tickets are discounted as much as 25%. Plus, you get to skip the lines when you get there since you already have your ticket in hand.
Coupon Books – Check to see if there are any coupon books available. The biggest one nationally is the Entertainment Book. With this you just pay one small price and you get $1000s worth of coupons to many area attractions, dining, shopping, lodging, and entertainment. This includes coupons for museum tickets. Some cities have their own coupon books, which may be free. You can check with the local Chamber of Commerce regarding available coupon books.
Bank of America – If you are a Bank of America cardholder check out their extensive list of museums in which they offer free admission to. You can ask at your local Bank of America location. On the first weekend of each month you can get in free to all of the museums listed (there are a lot) just by showing your Bank of America ATM, debit, or credit card.
Discount Days – Be sure to check the calendar for any discount days or free admission days. A lot of museums offer this at least once a month. These days can be crowded sometimes but if you arrive late you can take advantage of the discount or free admission without having to fight the crowd too much.
AAA Discounts – If you are a AAA member, check to see if the museum offers a AAA discount. Just about all of the museums offer a AAA discount of some kind. Most discounts are available at the ticket window but on occasion you may have to purchase the tickets through AAA in order to get the discount. Typically the discount is good for 10-15% off admission.
Public Library – Yes this is actually a really great resource for coupons, especially coupons for museums. Some libraries may require that you check something out in order to get the museum coupons but that shouldn’t be too big of a deal. You can call ahead or check the library’s website to see if they offer any coupons.
Student Discounts – If you are a student, the museum probably offers some sort of a student discount. It may be a flat discount per visit or maybe on certain days students get in free. Most just require that you show your student ID in order to get the student discount.
Vacation Packages – Check with the local hotels. Many of them offer free admission or museum coupons for discount admission with your stay. Most require a 2 night minimum stay or more. Some of the hotels known to offer these museum vacation packages are the Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, La Quinta Inn, Ramada, and Drury Hotel. You can also check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Bureau. They will often list these museum vacation packages on their website.
Children’s Museums – Always check to see if the Children’s Museum is a member of the Association of Children’s Museums. If you are a member of another Children’s Museum then you may be entitled to free admission. Just check your membership details to see if your Children’s Museum participates in the ACM Reciprocal program.
Science Museums – Always check to see if the Science Museum is a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Many of them participate in a reciprocal program which gets you free or reduced admission when you show your membership card.