Want to Visit 150 Museums for Free in 2017? Here’s How

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If I could, I would probably live in a museum.

The first museum I ever visited was New York’s Museum of Modern Art when I was 6. My dad took me there for a trip on my birthday, and I’ve been hooked on museums ever since.

The thing about museums, though, is that they’re pricy — I went to a Frida Kahlo exhibit a few weekends ago, and I spent over $50 just to get in and buy a book.

If you’re like me and have a love for the arts — but the strain they put on your wallet makes you want to cut your own ear off (R.I.P. Mr. Van Gogh) — here’s a deal worth getting excited about: Bank of America and Merrill Lynch want you to visit a museum this year for free.

How to Go to a Museum on Bank of America and Merrill Lynch’s Dime

If you’re a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder, you’re eligible to “visit more than 150 of the most popular cultural institutions in the United States free of charge,” according to Bank of America’s website.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a credit or debit card; as long as it’s with Bank of America or Merrill Lynch, all you have to do is present it at the ticket counter along with a valid photo ID.

The deal will run the first full weekend of every month, so if you don’t have time now or are looking for something cheap to do over the summer, you’re still in luck.

This offer is only good for cardholders — their guests are not eligible for free admission. This deal also excludes special exhibitions, shows that require tickets and fundraising events.

A quick search of the website reveals some big-name museums participating: the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, the Met Fifth Avenue in NYC and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

For a full list of participating museums near you, just enter your ZIP code on the bottom right side of this page, and choose one that interests you.

Happy museum wandering!

Your Turn: What is your favorite museum? Let us know in the comments below!

Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder and a senior at The University of Tampa. She’s pretty sure nothing will ever top the Louvre Museum.

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