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Daily Deal: Free museum tickets this weekend for BofA cardholders

April 04, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, one of the sites affiliated with the Museums on Us program.
Visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, one of the sites… (Mary Altaffer / Associated…)

Take a Bank of America card out of your wallet this weekend and museum doors will open to you -- for free. Credit or debit card holders receive free admission at more than 150 museums around the country. This will come in handy for travelers who want to spend two days museum-hopping while on the road.

The deal: I've written about the Museums on Us program, but it bears a reminder for cardholders who might not know about this cultural perk. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders this weekend will receive admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (usually $25) and the Whitney Museum of American Art ($18 each) in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts ($25 each) in Boston and the Philadelphia Museum of Art ($10 each).

In Los Angeles, the card is good for these museums, which usually charge $10 per person: LACMA, the Autry National Center, the Skirball Cultural Center and the Hammer Museum. It's also good at the Living Desert  ($17.25 each) in Palm Desert, Calif., and the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor in San Francisco where tickets usually cost $11 each.

When: Free museum admissions are good April 6 and 7, and the first full weekend of each month.

Details: The Museums on Us website includes a state-by-state list of qualifying museums so you can plan your visit. The card admits only  the cardholder; family members and friends pay full price. Also, the free entrance doesn't apply to special shows and exhibitions.

Contact: Museums on Us
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