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Museums Across the USA Will Be Free on Sept. 21—Here's How to Get Your Tickets

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/16/2019, 12:00 AM

A big reason why Washington, D.C., is one of the world's best cities for museum-going is that the Smithsonian Institution's attractions—including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History (pictured), the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and many more—charge no admission to see their impressive collections. On Saturday, September 21, museums ...

L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art Getting Rid of Admission Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/22/2019, 8:45 PM

Pretty soon, it won't cost you a penny to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  The institution announced it is reducing its $15 general admission fee to $0, a move made possible by a $10 million donation from the president of MOCA's board of trustees, Carolyn Clark Powers. You'll still have to pay for special exhibits, however.  Speaking to the New York Times, museum dire...

Acclaimed Houston Art Museum Open After Renovations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2018, 8:00 AM

After more than six months of renovations, the Renzo Piano-designed main building of Houston's Menil Collection—home to an eclectic horde of 17,000 artworks, from antiquities to contemporary creations—reopened to the public on Saturday, September 22.  The interior has been extensively reconfigured to make the place less cluttered and to make room for new and expanded galleries, allowing for the p...

D.C.’s African American Museum Tests a Change to Its Admissions Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/04/2018, 4:00 AM

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. is trying out a new admissions practice this month. Each Wednesday in April, visitors can simply walk up to to the building on Constitution Avenue, get in line, and gain entry to the museum on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 10am, when it opens.  That might sound like standard museum-going procedure, bu...

When Southern California Museums Open for Free This Month

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2018, 12:30 AM

The 13th annual Free-for-All day at Southern California museums will be Sunday, January 28.  Nineteen institutions in the area will waive their admission fees on that day, offering access to their artistic, cultural, natural, and scientific holdings at no charge. An additional 18 museums where admission is always free are also listed as participants—though in their cases, we guess the event is m...

Free Admission at L.A. Museums on Sunday, January 29

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/27/2017, 5:00 AM

Here's some incentive for appreciating art, culture, history, nature, or science if you happen to be in Los Angeles this weekend: More than 30 museums in and around that city will be letting visitors enter at no charge on Sunday, January 29—otherwise known as SoCal Museums' Free-for-All Day.  Participating institutions include some of L.A.'s best and most popular attractions: the Getty Cen...

Celebrate New Year's Eve in a Free Hotel Room

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2015, 8:00 PM

And we're not talking the Motel 6 in Akron. CitizenM Hotels, a growing chain that has made a name for itself with stylish pod hotels (read: the digs are tiny, but very high design), has announced that it will be giving away 500 rooms for New Year's Eve stays in such party cities as New York, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. They're even picking up the room tax (such "extras" as Wi...

All National Parks are Free (On These Days)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/19/2015, 8:30 PM

The National Park System is extending another gift to the American people in the form of fee-free days. And lucky us—there are two in a month, right when the weather is warmest. The 133 National Park units that charge entrance fees will cost nothing to enter on Tuesday, August 25, the birthday of the National Park Service, and then again on Saturday, September 26, National Public Lands...

Free National Park Visits for Fourth Graders (And Their Families) For One Full Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2015, 7:15 PM

For years, a number of ski resorts have been allowing fourth graders to ski for free. The reasoning behind this move was that age 10 was the perfect age to develop a life long passion. Fourth graders still have the enthusiasm of children (heck, they ARE children) but they now have enough smarts to understand why they're enjoying a new activity so much. I can only assume this is why Preside...

Free National Park entry April 19 and 20

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/15/2014, 9:45 PM

The National Park Service and its supporting charity, the National Park Foundation, are once again throwing the gates open to the United States' national parks. The weekend of April 19 and 20 will see fees waived across the country.  Some particularly timely national park units to visit are the ones that are marking the 150th anniversary of Civil War battles this year, including Petersburg...

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