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Free museum days and events this week in South Florida

It's hot outside, and we're all looking for interesting things to do inside, in the air conditioning. This week provides a great opportunity to visit museums in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The first weekend of the month brings a variety of regular museum free days. 

Plus, local museums also have a number of special program this week, some for adults, some for children and some for everyone. And don't forget the museums in South Florida that are always free.

Bank of America's Museums on Us program offers free entry the first weekend of every month to anyone with a Bank of America credit or debit card. In South Florida, that program includes:

Miami-Dade County

Broward County

Palm Beach County

Florida Keys

Free museum days and events

This week also brings regular free days or special events for the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, The Wolfsonian, the Coral Gables Art Museum, the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, the Boca History Museum, the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach and The Norton in West Palm Beach.

Other options for free or discount entry

If you bought the South Florida Adventure Pass, you can unlimited free entry to the Museum of Science & Discovery in Fort Lauderdale, plus three outdoor attractions.

The Summer Savings Pass offers unlimited entry to the Cox Science Center & Aquarium in West Palm Beach, plus three outdoor attractions.

If you have a SNAP card, you can get free or discounted admission to a number of South Florida museums all the time.

Miami-Dade residents also can check out free passes to museums and attractions through the Miami-Dade Public Library. Students 13 to 22 (and an adult) can get $5 passes for entry to many museums and attractions through Culture Shock Miami.

Residents and visitors in Palm Beach County can get discount coupons with the Palm Beaches Savings Pass.

And, of course, we have some museums and attractions that are always free, including:

Miami-Dade Free Museums

Broward Free Museums

Courtesy, gumbolimbo.org

Palm Beach County Free Museums and Centers

Photo/The Norton

Here is a schedule of free museum days and events this week

This list also includes some outdoor events and attractions.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Jungle Island

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Jungle Island Luminosa deals

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Jungle Island

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Friday, March 1, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Art After Dark: 1st Friday Jazz at The Norton, WPB

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00-10.00 | Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

Free Coral Gables gallery night and free museum entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Magic City Fronton, Miami

Into the Stacks: Souvenirs

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wolfsonian-FIU

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Free Fun First Saturday, Boca History Museum

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum, Miami-Dade

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Night sky viewing with telescopes in west Broward

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum, Miami-Dade

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Magic City Fronton, Miami

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