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Look For Free and 2-for-1 Admission On International Museum Day, May 18, 2014

May 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Budgeting

by Kristy Welsh

(Last Updated On: February 26, 2018)

 International Museum DayWhether you frequent museums all the time, or it’s been ages, treat yourself, family, and friends to 2014 International Museum Day, this Sunday, May 18. Thousands of museums all over the world are participating, with special events and budget-friendly offers that may include free and 2-for-1 admission!

About International Museum Day

International Museum Day was established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Its purpose? To raise awareness of the role that museums play in the development of society.

This year’s theme is “Musuem Collections Make Connections.”

As stated on the ICOM website:

“This theme reminds us that museums are living institutions that help create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures around the world.

“The museum is an institution that preserves and communicates the past, yet it is grounded in the present. It is a link between the generations, as it allows present and future generations to better comprehend their origins and history.”

Plan Your Day

1) Find a museum near you. If you already have one in mind, great. If not — or you just want to explore some new ones — check out It’s a super-easy tool for searching for museums (and tons of other stuff) in your area.

2) Visit the museum website or give them a call to see if they’re participating in International Museum Day. Ask about special events and discounted or free admission.

3) Invite your family and friends. And, by all means, bring the kids!

4) Give yourself plenty of time. Even if you’re the type who likes to breeze through in an hour or two, others in your party may like to take a slower pace. Plan on three or four hours, just in case.

5) Dress appropriately. Museums are a great way to beat the heat, but it can get cold in there, so dress in layers. And, of course, you’ll be doing a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes, (and encourage others to do the same).

6) Plan your trip around lunch. Museums are a lot to take in so plan on taking a lunch break to refuel and refresh. Find out if the museum has a cafe. If not, plan on eating nearby or even packing a lunch.

Can’t make it for International Museum Day? Not to worry. Museums are always a pretty budget-friendly activity, often hosting other free days throughout the year. That’s why they’reĀ one of our 6 fave hot-spots for summer fun on a budget!


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