Thursdays become a day of educational fun

If you like free, and you like museums, here is a list of all the museums that offer free admission on the first Thursday of each month and more.

Many galleries in the area stay open late, offering a tour to introduce their new shows to the public. Sometimes the artists are on site for these events and the restaurants and shops will offer specials.

For this reason, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Seattle Asian Art Museum are open until 9 p.m. every Thursday. Their free day admissions include some special exhibits.

The Frye Art Museum is always free and the Wing Luke Asian Museum is free on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month.

The Experience Music Project offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle offers free admission, complements of Wells Fargo, on the first Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Children’s museums in Seattle, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas also offer free admission days. The Seattle Children’s Museum doesn’t list any free days on its website, but there is a fantastic informative parent’s section regarding the importance of play for a child’s intellectual development.

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma offers free admission on the first Friday of every month. Kids Quest in Bellevue offers free admission every Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Kid’s Discovery Museum on Bainbridge Island offers free admission on the first Thursday of each month.

The Pacific Science Center does not offer free days, but memberships cost just a little more than a day’s admission and come with IMAX theater tickets, guest passes, discounts at museum stores and more.