Metro Detroit Museums’ Free Admission Days You Don’t Want to Miss in 2024

Save on family outings with a complete guide to free museum days in Metro Detroit—perfect for budget-friendly educational fun!

Metro Detroit offers a variety of museums for families to enjoy all year long. As much as we love going back in time and getting hands on with science exhibits, museums can put a dent in your family budget.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of free admission days to take advantage of throughout the year. As much as I love free things to do with kids in metro Detroit, you must be prepared for big crowds! I suggest arriving early and checking ahead if you can reserve your free ticket online to avoid lines. 

Here’s a complete calendar of free museum days you can enjoy in 2024. Note: Free admission days may change, so it’s always best to check ahead before heading out!

Free admission days metro Detroit

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Cranbrook Institute of Science
Photo credit: Cranbrook Institute of Science

  • May 2024: 3, 16
  • June 2024: 7, 20
  • July 2024: 5
  • August 2024: 2
  • September 2024: 6
  • October 2024: 4
  • November 2024: 1
  • December 2024: 1

Cranbrook Institute of Science visitors can enjoy free admission on the first Friday of each month through December 2024. On the third Thursday of every month, visitors can enjoy free admission to Cranbrook Institute of Science from 5-8 p.m. and Cranbrook Art museum from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit Historical Museum
Photo credit: Detroit Historical Museum

  • May 2024: 4
  • June 2024: 9
  • July 2024: 14
  • August 2024: 11
  • September 2024: 8
  • October 2024: 13
  • November 2024: 10
  • December 2024: 8
  • January 2025: 12

In honor of their new exhibit, Kresge at 100, visitors can enjoy free admission on opening day (May 4) and on the second Sunday of every month. 

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Photo credit: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

  • May 2024: 12
  • June 2024: 9

On the second Sunday of every month, families can enjoy free admission to The Wright Museum. 

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts
Photo credit: Detroit Institute of Arts

  • Always free for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County residents

The DIA also offers free admission for kids ages 5 and under. 

Plan your family day out with our DIA guide.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum

  • May 2024: 27

Kids ages 6 and under are always free.

Museum of the Natural History at University of Michigan

Museum of the Natural History at University of Michigan
Photo credit: Leisa Thompson, courtesy of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

  • Always free

The museum offers free admission all year round. Donations are appreciated. 

More Free Museum Admission Opportunities

Bank of America Free Days

Have a Bank of America card? Simply present your card on the first full weekend of each month and get free admission to various metro Detroit museums. One per cardholder, so it won’t be free for the entire family (unless each of your children has a credit card), but a free adult admission is nothing to sneeze at.

Michigan Activity Pass

Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) connects Michigan library card holders with free or discounted access to their favorite museums, attractions, parks and campgrounds. 

Museums For All Initiative

A fun day out at the museum isn’t always super fun for your wallet. Through Museums for All, families that receive food assistance can take advantage of free or significantly discounted admission for up to four people when they present their SNAP EBT card. With plenty of participating museums in Michigan, there’s no shortage of exciting discoveries to be had.

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Katina Beniaris
Katina Beniaris
As audience development manager, Katina Beniaris digs into data to help the Metro Parent team learn about our audiences and tailor better content for them. She has more than five years of experience in content creation.


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