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 Cincinnati museums to get the scoop on their special deals in 2018.
Get out your calendar — here’s our directory of 2018 free museum days around Cincinnati:
Get free admission for up to three children 12 and under with each paying adult.
This Northern Kentucky gem has several free admission days you’ll want to be aware of in 2018. Be sure to check back on their website for additional free days!
- Mothers Day: Sun., May 13: Free admission for Moms
- Smithsonian Museum Day: Aug. 10: Free admission for all visitors
- Fathers Day: Sun., June 17: Free admission for Dads
- Veterans Day: Sat., November 11: Free admission for all active and retired military
Each year, the Museum hosts four dates that will offer FREE admission from 10:00 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 2018 Super Science Saturday dates!
If you have a Cincinnati Museum Center membership, enjoy FREE admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children with your pass. Also, COSI’s Tech Studio offers multimedia activities for all ages, including 3D modeling/printing, music recording, video production, digital art, coding and animation — and it’s free and open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays. (And teachers always get FREE admission at COSI!)
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (pictured)
This children’s museum is absolutely worth the drive — especially on one of the following free admission dates:
- Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 10 am-5 pm
- Monday, February 20: Presidents Day, 10 am-5 pm with special activities from 10 am-3 pm
- Sunday, April 30: Dia de los Ninos, 10 am-5 pm (Check calendar to confirm this date in 2018)
- Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve, 10 am-2 pm (Check calendar to confirm this date in 2018)
Note that children under age 2 receive free admission every day.
Free every day, 365 days a year — plus lots of free family offerings, like Baby Tours!
$1 admission on July 18 for Macy’s Kids, Cultures, Critters and Crafts Festival. (Not free, but pretty close!) And definitely take advantage of the Zoo’s half-price admission dates: Jan. 2-March 9 and Aug. 18-19.
Free admission every day.
Free admission and parking every day!
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 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 allthemuseums in the area? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Children’s Museums Within 2 Hours of Cincinnati! If you know of any free museum dates we missed, please send the details to [email protected], and we’ll be sure to share!