There's no shortage of things to do over Labor Day weekend. (Not to mention free food to tide you over between activities.) You'll probably want to get outdoors and enjoy the pleasant weather before things take a turn toward winter. Though it's not on the usual Labor Day bucket list, it's also a good weekend to enjoy a museum for free.
More than 200 U.S. museums participate in the Museums on Us program, offering free admission on September 1 and 2.
The Bank of America program is open to BoA, Merrill Lynch, and US Trust customers with a credit or debit card from one of those businesses. It offers free admissions on the first full weekend of every month. All you have to do is find a participating museum, flash your card and ID, and you're in.
The program, now in its 21st year, has participating museums and art galleries in every U.S. state. Those institutions include the American Museum of Natural History, the Newseum, the Denver Art Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Motown Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, among many others.
Unfortunately, the program is limited to card-holders. If you're not eligible, there's still an opportunity to hit a museum for free this month. You're only a few weeks from Smithsonian Magazine's annual Museum Day on September 22. That celebration is far more wide-ranging. Last year's Museum Day included more than 1,800 institutions, and anyone can participate. So, wander your city like a tourist, and gain a new appreciation for the wonders in your backyard.