Four of Milwaukee's most popular cultural destinations offer free admission on specific days throughout the year. This is great for those who are on a budget or who lack memberships (members receive free admission with an annual fee).
Visit the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (i.e. the Domes), the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Milwaukee County Zoo for free! Tip: when applicable, remember to bring valid identification noting Milwaukee County residency when you visit the Domes, and also the Zoo on holidays, as County residency is a requirement of free admission.
Fortunately, the Milwaukee Art Museum is free for all during its designated free day.
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee
Free on the first Thursday of every month for all visitors, sponsored by Meijer.
Savings: $19, adults; $17, students and seniors; kids 12 and under free every day
800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee
Free general admission for all visitors the first Thursday of the month.
Savings: $24, adults; $16, youth (ages five to 13); $18, seniors, college students and active military
Mitchell Park Domes
524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee
Free general admission for Milwaukee County residents every Monday from 9 a.m. - noon (excluding major holidays).
Savings: $8, 18 years and up; $6 students (17 years and younger; kids five and younger are always free)
Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee
Free admission days for all visitors in 2018 include: January 6, February 3, March 3, October 6, November 3 and December 1.
Milwaukee County residents with I.D. also receive free admission on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Children two and younger are always free. Note that the zoo's parking fee of $12 per car still applies.
Savings: $11.75-$15.50, adults; $8.75-$12.50, children (ages 3-12); and seniors, $10.25-$14.50 (rates vary depending on the season, more info here)
For more great ideas how to have fun without hitting the ATM, read this list of 50 Free Things to Do in Milwaukee.