How to Take Your Whole Family to the Museum for FREE!

posted by on Jul 10, 2019
Pictured: CYJ at Thinkery in Austin, 6/26/2019
Pictured: CYJ at Thinkery in Austin, 6/26/2019

Looking for a way to beat the Texas heat this summer while still enjoying a fun-filled activity for the whole family? Get into some free AC and learn about science, history, and art by checking out the free admission days at your local museums. You’d be surprised how many museums are always free, or offer free entry at least once per week (and not just for kids 12 and under!) Below you’ll find resources to help you and your family keep cool and explore something new all summer long. 


Austin is chockablock full of museums offering free entry for the whole family! There’s a different free museum for every day of the week, and then some. Whether you want to explore science and nature, learn about Texas history, or enjoy museum after museum of amazing art, Austin has you and your family covered. For a full list of the museums and galleries that offer free or sometimes-free entry, check out

Dallas-Fort Worth

Do you want to see a Pollock, Picasso, and a Warhol for FREE? The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth offers free admission for the whole family every Wednesday and on the first Sunday of every month. If you’re looking for something a little more classical, the Dallas Museum of Art offers free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth offers free admission to their permanent collection every single day, and half-price admission to their temporary exhibits on Tuesdays. If you want to learn more about these and other museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that offer free admission, go to

San Antonio

Did you know that admission to all of the San Antonio Missions, including the Alamo, is always free? And the Witte Museum offers free admission on Tuesdays. There are lots of museums and galleries spread throughout San Antonio that offer completely free admission to children and free admission to adults on certain days of the month. For a comprehensive list of the days and times of free admission for the museums in the San Antonio area, check out


The Houston Museum District is home to a staggering ten always-free museums, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Houston Center for Photography. Not to mention, the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Fine Arts all have times every single week when they offer free general admission for the whole family. For a full list of free-admission times in Houston, go to

Do you love science, history, or art? With this many completely-free museums open all summer long, you don’t have to choose. If you and your family explore any of these free museums this summer, be sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram and let us know!