Here’s How to Visit Your Favorite Museum for Free

People tour The Dali in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday, April 25, 2018..Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder.

It seems harder and harder to find a museum that offers free admission every day. Sure, sometimes there are deals: Come by after 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, excluding leap years, and show your latest tax return to prove you’re a local.

  1. It’s never that bad. And I know museums need to charge admission to stay open. But sometimes that $25-per-adult entrance fee just hurts.

Luckily, museums across the country join each year in the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution — where admission is always zero bucks! — and open their doors to visitors for free.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, celebrate the 14th annual Museum Day with free admission for two to any participating museum.

How to Visit Museums For Free

Rhonda Jarrett of Largo reads about wood picture by Mildred Thompson at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday, May 10, 2018. Jarrett was exploring the exhibit, Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. It is the ‘first American exhibition dedicated exclusively’ to abstract art by African American women artists. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder.

To get in on this freebie, find a participating museum near you that you’d like to visit, and register for your free ticket — which is good for you and a friend.

To register, you’ll need to enter your email address and name, then choose the state you live in and the museum you’d like to visit. Remember, you can only register for one Museum Day ticket per email address.

Once you’re registered, click the “Download Ticket” button, print the PDF file, grab a buddy and go! The download will specify whether you must print out your ticket or if you can display it on your phone. One caveat: Museum Day tickets don’t cover parking or extras, like Imax movies.

Participating museums have the right to turn away customers if the facility is too crowded, so plan to arrive early in the day at your museum of choice.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.