Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Free/Low Cost Science Museum Days

Last updated: February 5, 2011 (added Bank of America info).

Hands-on science is fun!  Museums are exciting ways to see kids' light bulb moments.  However, they can be spendy.  Many museums offer free days.  Check your museum's website or call their offices for more information about reduced pricing, free days, and/or special admission days.

If you find information about your area, please send it to me and I can add it to this page for other families to enjoy.  I'll start with information about museums close to friends and family and expand as I learn about more opportunities.

Austin, TX:
Texas Natural Science Center-free admission.
Austin Children's Museum -Wednesday community nights 5-8p, suggested donation of $1.

Bay Area:
Exploratorium - free admission, first Wednesday of the month.
Bay Area Discovery Museum - free admission, first Wednesday of the month.
The Tech - free admission, select Sundays of 2011, listed on their website.
CA Academy of Sciences - free admission, every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Boston Children's Museum - every Friday night 5-9p, $1 admission.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - free admission, first Thursday of the month.

Las Vegas, NV:
Lied Discovery Children's Museum - per phone call on 2/1/11 - 1st full weekend of the month (both Saturday and Sunday), Bank of America card holders (debit and/or Visa/MC) get free admission (card holder only). For info call: 702-382-5437.
Las Vegas Natural History Museum - free admission to Bank of America card holders on the first full weekend of the month.

Portland, OR:
OMSI - $2 admission first Sunday of the month.

Sponsoring Companies

Bank of America offers admissions to over 150 museums nationwide (http://museums.bankofamerica.com/) to card holders for the first full weekend of every month.  Check it out to see if there's a museum by you.

Target also sponsors a lot of events.  Check here for information about what they sponsor in your area.

Please let me know if you know of other science themed museums offering free/reduced price days!

Most of all, enjoy science!  Maybe, take in what kind of activities/exhibits catches your child's interest and see if you can create something similar at home (see fan experiment).


  1. Don't forget the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. It is small, but great fun.
    1451 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto


  2. Another good one is the Lawrence Hall of Science.
    One Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA

  3. There is also the Chabot Space & Science Center
    10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

  4. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA is free for San Diego residents and active duty military (and their dependents) on the first Tuesday of every month. More info here: http://www.balboapark.org/visit/tuesdays