Visiting museums can get expensive, particularly if you take the whole family, but many South Florida museums have free admission at least once a month, and some schedule special activities on those days. With these, you can actually afford to buy snacks or buy your kids a souvenir.
Here are the free museum days in Miami-Dade:
Bass Museum of Art. IDEA@thebass is free for children and adults the last Sunday of every month, 2-4 p.m. Activities include art projects, scavenger hunts and prizes.
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers free admission the first Saturday of every month (except for March and December).
HistoryMiami. Admission is free all day the second Saturday of the month. That’s Family Fun Day, with special activities for children all day.
Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum. Admission is always free.
Institute of Contemporary Art. Admission is always free. Guided tours at 2 pm. FREE private guided tours for groups of 5 or more with advance notice of two weeks.
Miami Children’s Museum. Free the third Friday of month from 3-9 pm, with interactive activities and crafts. You can also explore hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits related to art, culture, community and communication. Also, once a month, the museum holds Sensory Saturdays for children with disabilities and reserves the museum from 9 am to 11 am. Admission is offered at the reduced rate of $6. Preregistration is required by calling 305-373-5437 extension 126, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA). Galleries are open by donation the last Friday of every month from 7-10 p.m. with free jazz in the courtyard at 8 p.m. Jazz at MOCA is South Florida’s longest running free outdoor jazz concert series.
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. This museum located at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique campus is always free. One Wednesday of the month, there is a reception from 6-9 p.m. with a lecture and a chance to meet artists. (Note: this is NOT the Frost Science Museum.)
Perez Art Museum Miami. (Formerly Miami Art Museum) Free admission the second Saturday of the month with activities for families from 1-4 p.m., including family-friendly tours and chances for children to create art. The museum also is free to visitors the first Thursday of every month, and there will be talks, performances and movie screenings on Thursday nights, when the museum is open until 9 p.m.
Wolfsonian-FIU. Free every Friday from 6-9 p.m, often with films, talks and café drinks specials.
Other Miami Museum Discount Programs
Library Museum Pass Program. The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers a chance to visit some of our best local museums and attractions for free. Visit your nearest branch library and get a museum pass with your library card. The Museum Pass offers visitors free admission for a family of four to the Coral Gables Museum, Deering Estate at Cutler, FIU Frost Art Museum, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami, Jewish Museum of Florida–FIU, Lowe Art Museum–UM, Miami Children’s Museum, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, and The Wolfsonian–FIU.
Culture Shock Miami. Students 13 to 22 can buy two museum entry tickets for $5 (available museums vary), and a person of any age can use the second ticket.
If you’re visiting multiple museums and attractions, you can often save money with a Go Miami Card or Explorer Pass. See attraction packages.
Find the free museum days in Broward here.
In Miami-Dade, you can use your card for free admission to:
- Miami Children’s Museum
- Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami
- Pérez Art Museum Miami
- Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach
- Coral Gables Museum
- American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora
In Broward, you can get one free admission to: