The first weekend of the month offers “Museums on Us” sponsored by Bank of America- This program is really straightforward. To get free access, all you need to do is: Show up at one of the participating museums, zoos, science centers, aquariums, or botanical gardens on the first full weekend of the month, show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card and enjoy the museum! Know Before You Go: This perk is only good for the actual cardholder, so unless your guests have their own BOA or Merrill Lynch card, they will have to pay the admission fee (although they seem to be lenient with children’s admission fees). Luckily, it’s easy to get free additional cards for your family, which seems worth it for this perk!
The Hoboken Library also offers free passes to several area museums including, American Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Intrepid Museum, Frick, Museum of the City of NY, and the New York Historical Society! Learn more about the program here.
Here are some local museums participating in the Bank of America Program and the exhibitions currently being offered:
Newark Museum– Drop In On Saturdays! Free with Museum Admission. Inspired by the Museum’s collections and special events, monthly themes are designed for visitors of all ages to drop in and experiment with the tools and materials of artists. Get messy with clay and paint and found materials. Great creative with blocks and digital and computer tools. Stay as long as you like.
Liberty Science Center There are 3 great shows for the younger set at Liberty Science Center this summer. Back for the Summer Dino Dig is LSC’s popular outdoor fossil site, you’re invited to uncover massive dinosaur bones by digging through 35 tons of sand. Look for more than 60 fossils, many of them replicas of those discovered in Montana by Jack Horner, the famed paleontologist who inspired Jurassic Park. Uncover all things gross about the human body in LSC’s premium exhibition, Grossology! Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Grossology explores all the slimy, oozy, crusty, stinky questions you’ve always wondered but have been too afraid to ask. As you crawl and climb through the human body, and play games that reveal the secrets of boogers, vomit, odors, and more, you’ll find yourself saying “Ewww, gross!” in the best way possible! Last but not least Arthur’s World the national exhibition based on the PBS TV series and popular Marc Brown books. In Arthur’s™ World, you’re invited to build a love of reading and learning through activities set within classic Arthur locations. Look up recipes and find something for D.W. to eat in the Read family kitchen. Explore life under a microscope and enter a spelling bee in Mr. Ratburn’s classroom. Make a video in the Lakewood School Auditorium and watch as you appear on a giant television screen. All these exhibitions are free with museum admission.
Morris Museum ( 1 hour from Hoboken and Jersey City) In addition to art and natural history this museum offers music and theater for all ages! Explore NJ ancient history in the Dinosaur Den, Learn about the American Indian and examine bead and quill work, pottery, carving, basketry and textiles from the Northeast Woodlands, the Southwest, the American Plains, and the Pacific Northwest Coast, including an array of artifacts from the Captain William Philo Clark Collection. Train enthusiasts will be introduced to a the state-of-the-art model train exhibition, which features three separate tracks. The trains move through a world of imagination as they travel through a town with shops, cars, and people busy with activity. Don’t miss the Seasonal Mega Model Train Exhibit opening ion early August in its new home at the museum. The Mega Model Train Display is an intricate model train that meanders across a 288-square-foot landscape replicating a bustling city and pastoral scene, equipped with a waterfall, planetarium, and even a sasquatch. (please call the Museum to confirm opening date for this exhibit) All exhibits are free with Museum Admission
In NYC there are also some great Museums in this Program and during the summer kids travel FREE on NY Waterways!
- American Museum of Natural History
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Museum of the City of New York
- Queens Museum
- Staten Island Zoological Society
- The Jewish Museum
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Met Breuer
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Met Cloisters
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Met Fifth Avenue
- Whitney Museum of American Art (Through August 4th & 5th only)