Save Money with a Museum Pass in Four U.S. Cities

exterior MoMA Manhattan NYC

Museum admission can be expensive.  Sure, you can try to time it so you go on that one free day of the month or evening of the week.  But if that’s your work day, or the timing doesn’t otherwise match up, you’re left with missing out on some great exhibits or digging deep into your food budget to pay the entrance fee.  And if you’re traveling, adding these costs onto your cost for airfare and a hotel room, and some tough choices are going to have to be made.  Science, culture, history and art don’t come cheap – and while it is often worth every single penny, in tight economic times, these discretionary museum admissions may be some of the first to be reduced or eliminated.

So file this tip away in the saving money department – it’s a good one for locals or for travelers – and it gives you admission to some of the finest museums in the country.

Pick up Smart Destinations new Museum Pass for saving on admissions fees at popular museums in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and San Diego.  The Museum Pass comes in adult and child themed passes offering a substantial discount over regular admission prices.  The Museum Pass is valid for 60 days from date of first use.

Take a look.

New York City Museums

  • For adults:  Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art.  $49.50 (27% savings).
  • For families:  Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, American Museum of Natural History and Madame Tussauds.  $65 adults, $49 kids (18% savings).

Boston Museums

  • For adults:  Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art and John F. Kennedy Museum & Library.  $39 adults, $7.50 kids (20% savings).
  • For families:  Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History.  $34 adults, $29 kids (19% savings).

Chicago Museums

  • For adults:  Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum.  $70 adults, $41 kids (24% savings).
  • For families:  Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium.  $65 adults, $45 kids (20% savings).

San Diego Museums

  • For adults:  Fleet Science Center, Air and Space Museum and Museum of Natural History.  $40 adults, $22 kids (20% savings).
  • For families:  San Diego Zoo, Fleet Science Center and Museum of Natural History.  $59 adults, $43 kids (19% savings).

Photo credit:  Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. View of 53rd Street The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building. Photo © 2011 Timothy Hursley


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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

One Response to “Save Money with a Museum Pass in Four U.S. Cities”

  1. September 26, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    good idea and good write up i love visiting museums

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