A trip to the museum is such a fun way to spend an afternoon with your kids — but admission for multiple adults and kids can really add up! And, with so many superb museums in the area, you’ll definitely want to, visit them all! So we consulted our favorite museums to get the scoop on their special deals in 2019.
Get out your calendar — here’s our directory of 2019 free museum days near Dayton:
Get free admission for up to three children 12 and under with each paying adult. (Adult admission is $15.)
This Northern Kentucky gem has several free admission days you’ll want to be aware of in 2019. Please note that BCM is closed Jan. 14 to Feb. 4.
- Sat., Feb. 9: Free admission for everyone!
- Mother’s Day: Sun., May 12: Free admission for Moms
- Fathers Day: Sun., June 16: Free admission for Dads
- Smithsonian Museum Day: Sat., Aug. 10: Free admission for all visitors
- Sat., Oct. 12: Free admission for everyone!
- Sun., Nov. 10: Free admission for all active and retired military in honor of Veterans Day
Each year, the Museum hosts four Super Science Saturdays that offer FREE admission from 10 am – 4 pm. These special learning days include access to Special Exhibitions, Space Theater Shows (limited seating available), and public programming. Check back here for 2019 Super Science Saturday dates!
If you have a Cincinnati Museum Center membership, enjoy 50% general admission for up to 6 people with your pass. And teachers always get FREE admission at COSI!
RIGHT NOW THROUGH JAN. 6: renewing or lapsed Members can enjoy special homecoming prices. Use promo code HOMECOMING on the Premium & Family levels when renewing online, or renew by phone at 513-287-7001 from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. Just visit https://www.cincymuseum.org/
CMC is also part of the Museums For All program: Eligible recipients receive $2 admission to Duke Energy Children’s Museum for up to 10 people when EBT card and photo ID is presented at the box office.
This children’s museum is absolutely worth the drive — especially on one of the following free admission dates:
- Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 10 am-5 pm
- Monday, February 18: President’s Day, 10 am-5 pm
- Tuesday, April 30: Dia de los Ninos, 10 am-5 pm (Check calendar to confirm this date in 2019)
Note that children under age 2 receive free admission every day. And on First Thursday Nights, you can pay $5 per person to visit either the museum or the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. For $7, you can buy a ticket to both! Please confirm dates and details here..
Free every day, 365 days a year — plus lots of free family offerings, like Baby Tours!
$1 admission for Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival (Check website for 2019 date.) And definitely take advantage of the Zoo’s half-price admission dates: Jan. 2-March 8.
Free admission every day.
Free admission and parking every day! Be sure to check out month Family Days featuring a fun topic to learn about each month!
Now through Feb. 28, kids get in FREE with a paying adult as part of Winter Family Days! Check Newport Aquarium’s website and Facebook page throughout the year; last year, they offered free admission for First Responders in September and free admission for Veterans in November.
Free admission and parking every Sunday. This deal applies to all of the exhibits at the Taft — even special ones! Third Sunday Fundays are especially popular with families — read more about these fun days here.
Free admission on April 28 for International Sculpture Day!
Free admission and tours every day.
Reciprocal Admission deals:
Have a Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) Membership? Enjoy free admission* to COSI, Carillon Historical Park, Indiana State Museum and Kentucky Science Center. At the Behringer-Crawford Museum, CMC members can get a free child’s ticket per adult ticket purchased.
Inspired to visit all.the.museums in the area? Check out our Children’s Museums Worth the Drive! If you know of any free museum dates we missed, please let us know, and we’ll be sure to share!