Debbie's Deals: Free admission days at Denver-area museums, Denver Zoo

Posted at 10:43 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 11:20:52-05

Did you know you can visit some of the Denver metro area's museums and the Denver Zoo for free?

Several local attractions offer free admission days throughout the year. Here's the list for 2016.

Free days at the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum and Denver Botanic Gardens are sponsored by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. It's a voter-approved special tax that helps fund more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations in the Denver metro area.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will offer free general admission nearly once a month in 2016 on January 25, February 7, March 7, April 10, April 23, May 9, June 5, August 29, September 11, October 24, November 13 and December 12. A fee still applies to IMAX films, Planetarium shows, and temporary exhibitions. Museum's website.

Denver Art Museum

The free admission days at the Denver Art Museum have ended for the year. Museum's website.

Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo free days have ended for the year.

Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens free days have ended for the year.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

The free admission days at the Denver Botanic Gardens second location at Chatfield Farms have ended for the year.

Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The museum is free all day on the last Friday of every month: January 29, February 26, March 25, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30,  October 28, November 25 and December 30.

Children's Museum of Denver

The Children's Museum of Denver offers free admission on the first Tuesday night of each month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. thanks to Target. Learn more on the museum's website.

Denver Mint

Tours at the Denver Mint are free. Learn how to make reservations here.

Hudson Gardens

Hudson Gardens in Littleton offer free admission every day.

Aurora History Museum

TheAurora History Museum offers free admission every day.

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys offers a Community Day on the first Sunday of every month which drops the price of admission and just asks a $1 donation per person. 

BUT WAIT!!!! There's more...

Some local libraries have free passes to several local museums, including the Butterfly Pavilion, History Colorado and others. Check with your local library to see if they offer a culture, exploration or museum pass.

Also, if you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card, you get free admission at museums across the country on the first weekend of each month. In Colorado, the offer is valid at the Denver Zoo and the Denver Art Museum. However, the Denver Art Museum is Sunday only, because they already offer free admission to everyone on the first Saturday of the month. This list does change, so check the "Museums on Us" website, before you go.

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