Museum Free Days and Discounts in Pennsylvania




Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Delaware Valley boasts a wealth of museums and cultural institutions that cater to every age and interest. These programs provide free or low-cost admission so your family can explore what the area has to offer, all while sticking to your budget.

ANYTIME 

Art-Reach Access Program

Pennsylvania residents who use an EBT card to access government-issued cash, food or medical benefits can visit participating museums, science centers, gardens, historic sites and attractions for $2. Admission is paid for by the visitor and cannot be charged to the EBT card. The cardholder may bring up to four guests per visit.

Participants:
Academy of Natural Sciences

African American Museum in Philadelphia

American Helicopter Museum & Education Program

Betsy Ross House

Bartram's Garden

Brandywine River Museum

Chanticleer Garden

Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground

Eastern State Penitentiary

The Franklin Institute

Franklin Square

FringeArts

Grumblethorpe

Historic Waynesborough

Independence Seaport Museum

Insectarium

Longwood Gardens

Michener Art Museum

Morris Arboretum

Museum of the American Revolution

Mütter Museum

National Constitution Center

National Liberty Museum

National Museum of American Jewish History

Penn Museum

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Physick House

Please Touch Museum

Powel House

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Tyler Arboretum

Wharton Esherick Museum

Woodmere Art Museum


Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocity Network

If your family has a membership to a venue that belongs to the Association of Children’s Museums’ reciprocity network (check for the logo on your membership card), you’ve got discounted admission to those spots as well. 

Participants:

Bucks County Children’s Museum

Hands-On House Children's Museum of Lancaster

Please Touch Museum


ASTC Travel Passport Program

Got a membership to a science museum? If it’s affiliated with the Association of Science Technology Centers, you may be granted free general admission to other venues in the organization — as long as they’re more than 90 miles away. Mileage is measured by linear distance, rather than driving distance.

Participants:

Academy of Natural Sciences

Da Vinci Science Center

The Franklin Institute

Independence Seaport Museum

Lancaster Science Factory


Blue Star Museums

Select museums offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Up to five family members, in addition to the military ID holder, are permitted per visit.

Participants:

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Barnes Foundation

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Bucks County Children’s Museum

Chester County Historical Society

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Fonthill Castle

Fort Mifflin

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Historic Sugartown

Historic Strawberry Mansion

Hands-On House Children's Museum of Lancaster

The Highlands Mansion and Garden

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

Johnson House Historic Sites

Lancaster Science Factory

La Salle University Art Museum

Laurel Hill Mansion

Mercer Museum

Michener Art Museum

Museum of the American Revolution

National Constitution Center

National Museum of American Jewish History

Newlin Grist Mill

Penn Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Please Touch Museum

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Rosenbach Museum and Library

Stenton Museum

Wharton Esherick Museum

Woodford Mansion

Woodmere Art Muse


Brandywine Valley Treasure Trail Passport

Purchase a family pass for $95 that grants two adults and up to three kids (ages 17 & younger) free general admission to several Brandywine Valley attractions. The pass is instantly delivered to your phone via text and email. Print it at home or save it to your phone’s home screen for one-tap access.

Participants:

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Delaware Art Museum

The Delaware Contemporary

Delaware History Museum

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Hagley Museum and Library

Longwood Gardens

Mt. Cuba Center

Nemours Estate

Read House and Garden

Rockwood Museum and Park

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library


Delaware County Library Museum Pass Program

Sign out a pass at select branches to enjoy no-cost access to some of the area’s most popular museums. In addition to being a library cardholder, you must be 16 or older and owe no library  fines. Passes can be borrowed for up to three days and aren’t renewable.

Participants:

Haverford Township Free Library

Academy of Natural Sciences

Battleship New Jersey

Brandywine Zoo

Chanticleer Garden

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park

Eastern State Penitentiary

Elmwood Park Zoo

Glencairn Museum

Grounds for Sculpture

Independence Seaport Museum

Lancaster Science Factor

Mütter Museum

Morris Arboretum

Museum of the American Revolution

National Constitution Center

National Liberty Museum

National Museum of American Jewish History

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Penn Museum

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Tyler Arboretum

Media-Upper Providence Free Library

Academy of Natural Sciences

American Swedish Historical Museum

Elmwood Park Zoo

National Constitution Center

Morris Arboretum

Penn Museum

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Middletown Free Library

Academy of Natural Sciences

Battleship New Jersey

Eastern State Penitentiary

Elmwood Park Zoo

Independence Seaport Museum

Mütter Museum

Museum of the American Revolution

National Museum of American Jewish History

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Tyler Arboretum

Radnor Memorial Library

Academy of Natural Sciences

Brandywine Zoo

Eastern State Penitentiary

Elmwood Park Zoo

Grounds for Sculpture

Hands-On House Children's Museum of Lancaster

Independence Seaport Museum

Lancaster Science Factory

Morris Arboretum

Museum of the American Revolution

Mütter Museum

National Constitution Center

National Liberty Museum

National Museum of American Jewish History

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Penn Museum

Ridley Township Public Library

Academy of Natural Sciences

Brandywine Zoo

Chanticleer Garden

Eastern State Penitentiary

Elmwood Park Zoo

Hands-On House Children's Museum of Lancaster

Lancaster Science Factory

Morris Arboretum

Museum of the American Revolution

Mütter Museum

National Constitution Center

Penn Museum

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Swarthmore Public Library

Academy of Natural Sciences

Elmwood Park Zoo

Grounds for Sculpture

Hands-On House Children's Museum of Lancaster

Penn Museum

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Morris Arboretum

Museum of the American Revolution

Mütter Museum

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens


MONTHLY

Bank of America Museums on Us

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders score one free admission to participating museums on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. Be sure to bring your credit or debit card and photo ID.

Participants:

African American Museum in Philadelphia 

Brandywine River Museum of Art

James A. Michener Art Museum

Museum of the American Revolution

National Museum of American Jewish History

Philadelphia Museum of Art


ANNUAL

Art Museum Day

Each spring, venues affiliated with the Association of Art Museum Directors offer free or discounted admission and programming.

Participants:

Penn Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


International Museum Day

Held annually on May 18, museums around the globe celebrate their roles in communities via educational programming and free admission. While no ticket is required, many venues require registration prior to your visit.

Participants:

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art


Museum Day Live

Venues across the country grant free access to ticketholders, taking after the free-admission Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Held this year (2020) on April 4, each ticket — downloadable from Smithsonianmag.com/museumday — admits two people to one museum. 

Participants:

American Swedish Historical Museum

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Bucks County Civil War Library and Museum

Fonthill Castle

Institute of Contemporary Art

Mercer Museum

Michener Art Museum

National Museum of American Jewish History

Newlin Grist Mill

Pearl S. Buck House

Penn Museum

Woodmere Art Museum

Scott Arboretum

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