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We, at Culture Seen want to support the arts. Most museums and galleries are having a tough time, and the cuts for them are probably going to get much worse before they get better. But, artists need a break once in awhile too. A lot of museums offer a free day or time during the week , so we wanted to share these “secrets”. Please give when you can to the establishments of your choice, but, when you can’t, here are some places to be seen.  Please note: These times and dates may change, or rotate. Please contact them before heading out without a wallet or purse. We are not responsible for any changes. So, if you have any ideas or insight information, please let us know.

In the next few months, we plan to list as many cities as we can to share this information to you. If you have any information, please send us a note. That way, our job will be much easier!

And, don’t forget to say thanks to the sponsors with a note or a call. That way, they might be encouraged to continue the support.

The Art Complex Museum: Always Free.
Boston University Art Gallery: Always Free.
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College: Always Free.
Fuller Craft Museum: Free admission every Wednesday 5-9pm
The Harvard Art Museums: Free (plus one guest) for Harvard students and affiliates. Cambridge Public Library cardholders are free. Massachusetts residents with valid ID are Free on Saturday, 10am–noon.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): Free from 5 to 9 pm every Thursday, and free for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of each month with the exception of December.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: – Free for all under 18 years of age, and all visitors named “Isabella”.
MIT Museum: Free Sundays 10 a.m. – noon, and on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free for Cambridge Public Library Card holders in July and August.
Museum of Bad Art: Always free.
Museum of Fine Arts: Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $22). Free admission all day September 18, 7 am to 7 pm for the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art Open House.

The Art Institute: Free to Illinois residents on the first and second Wednesdays of every month. Families can visit the Art Institute for free with the Kraft Great Kids Passport (maximum of 2 adults and 4 people total) from the Chicago Public Library.
The Arts Club of Chicago: Free every day.
Chicago Architecture Foundation: Exhibitions and many programs are free and open to the public.
The DuSable Museum of African American History
: Free every Sunday.
Glessner House Museum: Free every Wednesday.
Jane Adams Hull-House Museum
: The museum does not charge admission, but a suggested donation is $5 per person.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Admission is Free for Illiinois residents on Tuesdays year round.
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University: Admission to the exhibitions is free, but A $5 suggested donation is appreciated.
Museum of Contemporary Photography: Free everyday.
National Museum of Mexican Art: Free everyday.
The Newberry Library: Free everyday.
The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago (Contemporary Art Museum): Free everyday.
Smart Museum of Art (University of Chicago): Free everyday.

Denver Art Museum: Free General Admission on the first Saturday of the month, courtesy of Target and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Autry National Center: Museum of the American West in Griffith Park, Los Angeles – Free to the public on the second Tuesday of every month.
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana – Free access to the museum, Kidseum, and all activities on the first Sunday of every month, thanks to the Target Corporation. Limited to 250 tickets per hour and 1500 tickets per day for specially ticketed exhibits. For details, please click here.
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Mid Wilshire, Museum Row, Los Angeles – First Wednesday of every month is free. 11 am – 5 pm
Huntington Library, Collections and Botanical Gardens, Pasadena – Admission to The Huntington is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. Hours on Free Day are 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles – Free general admission every Thursday from 5 to 8 PM and every third Thursday of the month.
Long Beach Museum of Art – Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. are free. Every Friday is free thanks to generous support from the L.A. County Arts Commission
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden – free every 3rd Tuesday of the month
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Mid-Wilshire, Museum Row, Los Angeles – On the second Tuesday of each month, general admission to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions is free. After 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday general admission is free to Los Angeles County residents with proof of residency. Target also has free Holiday Mondays throughout the year.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Grand Avenue/Downtown Los Angeles – Free every Thursday, 5–8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo.
MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Downtown Los Angeles – free Thursdays from 5-8pm. presented by Wells Fargo.
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park, Downtown Los Angeles – 13 free Tuesdays during the year. Please link to the website for specific dates.
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena – Admission is free on the first Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena – Admission is free on the fourth Friday of each month.
UCLA Hammer Museum – Free on Thursdays for all visitors

Centre Gallery at Miami-Dade College: Always free.
Frost Art Museum: Always free.
Miami Art Museum: Free every Second Saturday of the month, and Second Saturdays are Free for Families, thanks to The MetLife Foundation.
Wolfsonian-FIU Art Museum: Free admission after 6pm on Fridays.

A Directory of Galleries in the Miami area: Most are free.

ASU Art Museum/Nelson Fine Arts Center: Free everyday. Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays
ASU Ceramics Research Center: Free everyday. Closed: Sunday, Monday and holidays
Heard Museum: Every Sunday in July is free from 11am- 5pm brought to you by Target and APS
Heard Museum North: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. the second Sunday of each month
Mesa Contemporary Arts: Admission is free everyday. Closed on Mondays
Phoenix Art Museum: Free Wednesdays from 3pm – 9pm brought to you by SRP
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Free Thursdays from 10am – 5pm sponsored by SRP

Culture Pass: Go to your local library, and you can check out two free passes to various cultural and entertainment spots.

3D Center of Art and Photography: Free every First Thursday from 6 – 9 pm
Centrum Gallery
: Free everyday.
Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery-Reed College: Free everyday.
Lan Su Chinese Garden: Free on the 1st Thursday of July, August, September and October, from 6-8 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Craft: Free admission the first Thursday of every month.
Portland Art Museum:Free fourth Friday of every month 5-8pm.
Portland Community College Galleries: Free everyday.
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Resource Room: Free everyday.
Portland State University Galleries: Free everyday.
Portland Rose Gardens
: Free everyday.
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art: Free everyday.
University of Portland BC Gallery: Free everyday.

Centro Cultural De La Raza: Free on the first Tuesday of every month for San Diego residents.
Mingei International Museum: Free on the third Tuesday of each month to all San Diego County residents, students at local colleges and universities, active duty military, and part-time residents.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Free Museum admission from 5 to 7 PM on the third Thursday of the month. Military and all visitors under 25 years old are always free. 25 and under free is generously sponsored by Qualcom.
The Museum of Man: Free on the first Tuesday of every month for San Diego residents.
Museum of Photographic Arts: Free on the second Tuesday of every month for San Diego residents.
San Diego Art Institute: Free on the third Tuesday of every month for San Diego residents.
The San Diego Museum of Art: Free on the third Tuesday of every month for San Diego residents.
Timken Museum of Art: Always free.

Asian Art Museum: Free the first Sunday of every month. First Free Sundays are courtesy of Target.
Berkeley Art Museum
: Free First Thursday of each month (PFA Theater programs excluded).
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University: Always Free.
Cartoon Art Museum
: The first Tuesday of every calendar month is “Pay What You Wish Day.”
Chinese Cultural Center Gallery:
Always Free.
The de Young Museum
: First Tuesday of the month is Free (special exhibition fees still apply).
The Legion of Honor: First Tuesday of the month is Free (special exhibition fees still apply).
Museo Italo Americano: Always Free.
Oakland Museum of California: Free First Sundays are made possible by Wells Fargo. 
: Free First Tuesday of each month.
Yerba Buena Center
: Free First Tuesday of each month.

Henry Art Gallery: Free First Thursdays
Museum of Glass: Free from 5 – 8pm Third Thursday of each month.
Northwest African American Museum: Free First and Second Thursdays of the month.
Olympic Sculpture Park: Always free.
Seattle Art Museum: Free First Thursdays. Free to seniors on First Friday. Free on Second Fridays to teens (ages 13–19), 5–9 pm.
Seattle Asian Art Museum: Free First Thursdays. Free to seniors on First Friday. Free on Second Thursdays from 5–9 pm. Free to families on First Saturdays, Presented by Wells Fargo.
Tacoma Museum of Art: Free Third Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Wing Luke Museum: Free First Thursday & Third Saturday of the month, 10am-8pm.

Center for Creative Photography (University of Arizona): Always free with a suggested donation.
The Galleries at the University of Arizona: Always free.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery (Pima Community College Art Museum): Always free.
Tuscon Museum of Art: First Sunday of the month is Free.

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