6 Awesome Museums offering FREE Admission on MLK Day 2023 (Save $75+)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday is a day we commemorate a brilliant man who moved people to change through his words, action, faith, etc. and the following Museums are celebrating him by offering FREE admission to the general public on MLK Day.

Know of any that didn’t make the list? Please feel free to include them in the comments. Tag/share with friends and make plans today!


The Toledo Museum of Art has a full schedule planned for MLK day.

Address: 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, OH

Cost: FREE admission ($10 parking, members receive FREE parking)


11:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Film: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I Have A Dream Speech in Libbey Court
Dr. King’s speech will loop on a TV screen set up in Libbey Court.

12:10p.m. – 12:25p.m.
Performance: The Voices at BGSU in Libbey Court
Bowling Green State University student-led concert choir (The Voices) will kick off MLK Day at TMA with the performance of two song selections deeply rooted in the history of Negro spirituals.

12:30p.m. – 1:00p.m.
Lecture: Dr. Calvin Burney Jr. in the Little Theater
60 Years Later! A chronological lecture taking a look back on Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech. From the words of Dr. Calvin Burney Jr., Superintendent of Rise and Shine Academy, a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, and the Inaugural and current Chair of the Alpha Esquires Mentoring Program that is dedicated to enriching and empowering the lives of African American males in Northwest Ohio.

1:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Film: SELMA in the Little Theater
Description: Academy–Award–Winning movie, SELMA, chronicles the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, AL. during the 1965 Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Ava DuVernay, starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Family Friendly MLK Day Tours meet in Herrick Lobby
This interactive and engaging docent–led tour features works from African American artists, and of the African Diaspora, located throughout the TMA collection. Start in Herrick Lobby, and end in Libbey Court where Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech will be on display. Pre–registration is required. Same–day signup is available.

$15 per student, scholarships available!
Pre-Registration required online at https://tickets.toledomuseum.org/Info.aspx?EventID=9

3:00p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired workshops | Classrooms
Mixed Media Journey: Storytelling (Ages 6–7)
Artist: Adrienne Armstrong
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unbounded spirit of dreaming with a dynamic mixed media art project based on artist, Aminah Robinson’s collection of books, the Ragmud Collection. Students will spend time listening to the words of Dr. King and looking through the vibrant storytelling in the Ragmud Collection. Afterward, students will use the words as a motivation to create mixed media storybooks of their own.

3:00p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Mixed Media Journey: Storytelling (Ages 8–9)
Artist: Sarah Ritchey
Description: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unbounded spirit of dreaming with a dynamic mixed media art project based on artist, Aminah Robinson’s collection of books, the Ragmud Collection. Students will spend time listening to the words of Dr. King and looking through the vibrant storytelling in the Ragmud Collection. Afterward, students will use the words as a motivation to create mixed media storybooks of their own.

3:00p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
“I Have a Dream” Copper Cuff Bracelets Workshop (Ages 10-15)
Artist: Holly Strawbridge
Explore the power of words through Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech while making a beautiful copper cuff bracelet. Stamp your own meaning into the metal with hammers and letter stamps and create a wearable piece of art that carries a powerful personal message. Learn basic metalsmithing and jewelry skills in this easy-to-understand and rewarding project-based class.

3:00p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Dream Big Printmaking Workshop (Ages 12-18)
Artist: Mercè Culp
Keep the dream alive. Come make oversized prints honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Take home a poster print, your own screen-printed bag and a small collection of miniature prints.


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Hours: Monday Jan. 16th, 10am -5:30pm

Address: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard,
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Admission: FREE (Normally $26 for adults & $16 for kids…but FREE admission on MLK Day!) Reserve your time online.

Phone: 216-781-7625

Website: https://tickets.rockhall.com/events/ef457bbc-8fa9-1de6-8f74-60c1bbff90cd


Henry Ford Museum

Hours: Monday, Jan. 16th, 9:30am – 5pm

Address: 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124‑5029

Admission: FREE (Normally $24 for adults & $18 for kids, but it’s FREE on MLK Day)

Phone: 313-982-6001

Website: https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/martin-luther-king-day/

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights leaders who had the extraordinary courage to ask for more from their nation. Bring family and friends on January 16, 2023, when Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is open to the community absolutely FREE.

Sit in the Rosa Parks Bus and listen to the story of her brave act. Make your statement in the interactive program Minds on Freedom, highlighting the contributions of Dr. King, Mrs. Parks and civil rights champions like the Freedom Riders. Then explore the proud and often challenging evolution of American freedom, in the exhibit With Liberty and Justice for All. 

Make your own history on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free museum admission, parking and activities.

Great Lakes Science Center offering FREE Admission! (Movies are only $5)

Address: 601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, OH

Website: https://greatscience.com/

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Science Center will be offering FREE admission to guests from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, January 16. Guests will have access to special programming including hands-on science cart activities, NASA Chats, and more!

MLK Day Programming

Bubblemania Science Show
10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Is there more to bubbles than what meets the eye? Why have they shaped the way they are, and why do they look the way they do? Bubbles come alive when we become “Bubbleologists” and investigate molecules, shapes, and colors.

Seeing Sound Science Show
11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

Can fire dance to music? Observe sound vibrations as we demonstrate how our senses help us hear, feel and even see sound.

NASA Capsule Chat
11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m.

Participate in an informal discussion with a staff member about the artifacts in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center including the Skylab 3 Apollo command module, and a real lunar rock sample!

Invisibility Cart Activity
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Level 1 Exhibits

Explore the properties of light as we make glass beads vanish from sight!

String Resonance Cart Activity
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Level 2 Exhibits

Why do you tune a guitar string, and what happens when you do? Explore how string can respond to vibration and pitch.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center Discussion
Employees from NASA’s Glenn Research Center will facilitate an open forum discussion to brainstorm and gather visitor perspectives on ways to help NASA reach new, more diverse audiences outside of NASA’s traditional community.

Note: Films tickets can be purchased at the box office for $5.

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Journey to a magical land of stunning natural wonders, ancient clifftop marvels, and a rich, cultural heritage in the film Ireland, narrated by Liam Neeson!

Sea Lions: Life By a Whisker
noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Join us for a heart-warming journey of a sea lion pup, and the man that has dedicated his life to trying to save her species.  

Cleveland Museum of Natural History has FREE Admission

Hours: Monday Jan. 16th, 10am-5pm

Admission: FREE

Phone: 216-231-4600

Website: https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/discovery-day-2023

On Monday, January 16, 2023, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will welcome all guests, free of charge, in celebration of Discovery Day. Each year, cultural, civic, and science institutions honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by inviting all members of the community to enjoy their spaces, exhibits, and attractions at no cost. 

The Museum will be open and free to the public on Monday, January 16, from 10am to 5pm. No registration is required for entry; visitors will be admitted upon arrival. 

This Discovery Day, connect with Museum scientists, watch wildlife presentations, take part in hands-on activities, and more. At noon, join the Museum’s Curator of Human Health & Evolutionary Medicine, Dr. Nicole Burt, as she hosts a panel discussion featuring industry and community experts actively working as agents of change. Panelists will lead an interactive conversation centered around University Circle Inc’s MLK Day theme, “It Starts With Me: Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset To Transform Unjust Systems.”   

In addition, the following Museum spaces and exhibits will be open throughout the day: 

National Museum of the Great Lakes

Address: 1701 Front Street Toledo, Ohio 43605

Hours: Saturdays- Monday: 10a.m. – 5p.m.

Website: http://www.inlandseas.org/

Free Museum Admission!

They are celebrating re-opening after their annual cleaning shutdown as well as welcoming a new year with an extended weekend of FREE admission to the National Museum of the Great Lakes. In the community improvement and service spirit of the Martin Luther King holiday, beginning Saturday, January 14, through Monday, January 16th, they will open their doors for FREE to give thanks and in recognition of all the support to their visitors, members and community partners have shown over the years.

Although not required, you may reserve your spot by preordering and scheduling your visit online using the link below.

Preorder Registration Online

Slug: CTY museum20p THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH Caption: Life raft recovered from the Edmund Fitzgerald on display at the National Museum of the Great Lakes Thursday, 04/17/14, in Toledo, Ohio.

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