Orlando has a long list of museums, gardens and cultural attractions. Here are a select few that offer designated free entry days. Although admission is free, donations are always appreciated to help support the organization. These special days are always subject to change, so check with the venue before visiting.
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Free Museum Days in Orlando:
Museums On Us Program
The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers can visit museums free through the bank’s Museums On Us program. Just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card Saturday or Sunday and you’ll get free admission to these Orlando museums:
- Orlando Museum of Art
- Mennello Museum of American Art
- Orange County Regional History Center
- Orlando Science Center
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
This annual event always falls in September (for 2018, it’s set for Saturday, Sept. 22) and offers free admission to museums all over the country.
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Entry is free for everyone during the first Monday of each month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (available on select Mondays, excluding holidays). Bring your little ones for Orange County Library’s storytelling program. The gardens celebrate moms and dads with free admission on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Orange County Regional History Center
This Orlando museum offers free admission the 3rd Thursday of the month 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Mondays, up four kids can get in free with one paid adult admission (June 4 – August 6). More free days: Mother’s Day for moms, Father’s Day for dads, free the first weekend of every month with the Museums On Us Program and the museum hosts a free trick-or-treat event on Halloween. Admission is also free for Florida Educators.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Open House events are scheduled on Independence Day, Easter weekend, Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival weekend (March 16-18, 2018) and Christmas Eve. The museum also opens its doors during Friday Nights at the Morse November through April from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mark your calendars every year for the first Thursday in December to attend Christmas in the Park, a free event in Winter Park’s Central Park. The museum lights up Tiffany windows to accompany live music from the Bach Festival Choir.
Public open houses Tuesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Music at the Casa on Sunday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come as you are for a casual event with live music and free tours of the historic house and James Gamble Rogers II Studio. A $5 donation is suggested.
Mennello Museum of American Art
Every second Sunday of the month, Mennello Museum offers free admission to the galleries during Free Family Funday. Families can enjoy a miniature fine art projects and tour the exhibits until 4:30 p.m. The museum is also free on Father’s Day for dads and during the first weekend of every month for the Museums On Us Program.
Art & History Museums Maitland
Free every second Thursday of the month for Maitland residents.
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum
The museum offers an intimate and unique experience in Winter Park with more than 5,000 works ranging from antiquity to contemporary. And, it’s always free!
Blue Star Museums
Folks on active duty in the armed forces and their families are eligible for free entry to an assortment of museums in Central Florida through the Blue Star Museums program from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Orlando museums include Art & History Museums – Maitland, Orange County Regional History Center and more.
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Bok Tower Gardens
Admission is free on Easter morning for a special sunrise service, it’s also for moms on Mother’s Day and dads on Father’s Day. During the month of May, mark your calendar for National Public Gardens Day.Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Free admission for moms on Mother’s Day and dads on Father’s Day.
Blue Star Museums Program
Folks on active duty in the armed forces and their families are eligible for free entry to an assortment of museums in Central Florida through the Blue Star Museums program, Memorial Day through Labor Day. There are many museums in Central Florida offering free admission. Find a participating museum near you.
Museums in Orlando that are always FREE:
- City Arts Factory
- Grand Bohemian Gallery
- Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida
- Winter Park Historical Museum
- Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts
- Crealdé School of Art Galleries
- Sanford Museum
- Winter Garden Heritage Museum
- Central Florida Railroad Museum
- The Cornell Fine Arts Museum
- Lake Mary Museum
- Longwood Historic Properties
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