Free Museum Weekends for Bank of America card customers

Posted on September 10, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , , |

I just went with a friend to the de Young museum in San Francisco last Sunday to see the amazing Chihuly art glass exhibit.  The Chihuly exhibit at the deYoung will only be there through September 28th.  Because I have a Bank of America card, I only had to pay the $5.00 special exhibit admission.  I was able to tour the rest of this fantastic museum for free instead of paying an additional $10.00 which is the regular general museum admission fee.  To get the free admission, I had to purchase my Chihuly ticket on site at the museum and show a photo I.D. and my BofA card.  I was not required to make the purchase with the BofA card.  At the de Young, only my general admission was free. I could not extend my benefit to the friend who came with me, who unfortunately did not have a BofA card.

Bank of America is currently offering this benefit to customers  – free general admission to over 70 museums across 18 states in the U.S. for the first weekend of every month if you have any kind of Bank of America card – check, ATM, or credit.  There are still months left to take advantage of this offer – click here to find out more!

More tips specific to a visit to the de Young so you can plan accordingly:

– The food at the museum cafe is overpriced and only fair.  $9.00 for a so-so ham or turkey and cheese sandwich and $6.00 for a pint of watermelon chunks is too much to pay.

– Weekday parking is $2.50 an hour at the deYoung and $3.00 an hour on the weekend, so you will save money if you are willing to park for free further away and walk a little.

– The museum also boarders the gorgeous, walkable Golden Gate Park which is closed to motor traffic on Sundays. It is very close to the section of the park where you can find the Japanese Tea Garden.  Some scenes from the film Memoirs of a Geisha were filmed here.  Admission to the tea garden is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for children.

– General admission to the de Young also gets you in free to the Legion of Honor, the fine arts museum in San Francisco if you show your ticket and go the same day, also worth a visit. This is not part of the Bank of America promo, so this can be taken advantage of anytime you go.

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