2022 Free Museum Days Around Cincinnati & Dayton

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 2022.

Get out your calendar — here’s our directory of 2022 Free Museum Days Around Cincinnati and Dayton:


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American Sign Museum

Admission is $15/adult. Get FREE admission for up to three children 12 and under with each paying adult. Public Library of Greater Cincinnati/Hamilton County card holders can get two free tickets to the American Sign Museum through the Discovery Pass program.

Behringer-Crawford Museum

This Northern Kentucky gem generally offers several free admission days each year, including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Smithsonian Museum Day and Veterans Day. Find more information for 2022 free admission dates on their website. Every Wednesday is Grandparents Day: one grandchild admitted free with each paying grandparent

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Each year, the Museum hosts four Super Science Saturdays that offer FREE admission from 10 am – 4 pm. These special learning days include access to Special Exhibitions, Space Theater Shows (limited seating available), and public programming. Check here for 2022 Super Science Saturday dates!

Cincinnati Museum Center

CMC offers a yearly membership with so many benefits! Free admission to three museums, free parking, incredible discounts on special exhibitions AND special member only events are all included. The CMC is currently offering free admission for any child that shows a proof of vaccination. 

COSI

If you have a Cincinnati Museum Center Family Premium Membership, enjoy 50% general admission for up to 6 people with your pass. And teachers always get FREE admission at COSI!

Cincinnati Art Museum

Free every day, 365 days a year plus lots of free family offerings, like Baby Tours!

Cincinnati Zoo

Take advantage of the Zoo’s half-price admission dates: Jan. 10-March 11.

Contemporary Arts Center

Free admission every day. Check our their Play Café, a FREE indoor play place, that’s open select dates this year!

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Free admission and parking every day!

Newport Aquarium

Check Newport Aquarium’s website and Facebook page throughout the year; last year, they offered free admission for First Responders, Educators and Veterans during the year!

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Free admission and tours every day.

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

  • January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 21: Presidents Day
  • September (TBD): Fiesta de la Familia
  • December 24: Christmas Eve

First Thursday Night: From 4-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, we welcome all visitors to pay $6 for admission to the museum and the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience®! Tickets can be purchased on-site, but we strongly encourage online purchasing. When you buy ahead, you beat the crowds and enjoy every minute of your time at the museum!

Plus: The Children’s Museum is proud to make family learning available to more Indiana families through free or reduced admission days and reduced admission programs like Access Pass. Children under 2 always receive free admission.


If you know of any free museum dates we missed, please send the details to [email protected], and we’ll be sure to share!

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