Bank of America Launches the 15th Season of Museums on Us®

Nationally Recognized Program Provides Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Cardholders With Free Access to More Than 150 Participating Arts and Culture Institutions Across the U.S.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--()--Bank of America today announces the 2012 Museums on Us® roster featuring many of the most renowned arts, culture and educational institutions across the United States, from Miami, Fla., to Anchorage, Alaska. Museums on Us offers Bank of America and Merrill Lynch debit and credit cardholders free admission to more than 150 of the nation’s most exciting cultural venues across 91 cities on the first full weekend of every month.

“We invest in the arts because we believe fostering cultural understanding and respect enables local economies and communities to thrive,” said Rena DeSisto, Bank of America global arts and culture executive. “Our Museums on Us program is a distinctive advantage of doing business with us, and we are proud to share the benefit of this program with our customers across the United States.”

Bank of America partners with an array of institutions including museums, science centers, botanical gardens and aquariums. New institutional partners include Brooklyn Children’s Museum in N.Y., Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill., Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, Minn., and Laguna Art Museum in Orange County, Calif. (full list below). Notable institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, N.Y., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Calif., The Art Institute of Chicago in Ill., and the Houston Zoo in Texas continue to participate in the program.

2012 Museum Roster Additions:

  • Adler Planetarium – Chicago, Ill.
  • Allentown Art Museum – Allentown, Pa.
  • American Textile History Museum – Lowell, Mass.
  • Anchorage Museum – Anchorage, Alaska
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Bruce Museum – Greenwich, Conn.
  • Carnegie Museum of Art – Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Children’s Museum of Phoenix – Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Discovery Museum Science & Space Center – Sacramento, Calif.
  • Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art – Scranton, Pa.
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum – Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Historic Fort Snelling – St. Paul, Minn.
  • James J. Hill House – St. Paul, Minn.
  • Laguna Art Museum – Orange County, Calif.
  • Mill City Museum – Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Minnesota History Center – St. Paul, Minn.
  • New York Historical Society – New York, N.Y.
  • Newport Art Museum – Providence, R.I.
  • Rubin Museum of Art – New York, N.Y.
  • Taubman Museum of Art – Roanoke, Va.
  • The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History – Albuquerque, N.M.
  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art – Amherst, Mass.
  • The San Diego Museum of Art – San Diego, Calif.
  • Whitney Museum of Art – New York, N.Y.

"The New York Historical Society is excited to be joining the ranks of Museums on Us. Bank of America recognizes the cultural importance of organizations such as ours and knows that offering free admission to its customers will help bring to life the issues, trends, events and personalities that make American history matter," said Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the newly renovated New York Historical Society Museum and Library.

Museum visitors must present a photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card to be eligible. One free general admission is limited to the cardholder at the participating institution, excluding fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows (not to be combined with other offers). For more information about Museums on Us and to view a full list of institutions, visit

Bank of America and the Arts

As one of the world's largest financial institutions and a major supporter of arts and culture, Bank of America has a vested interest and plays a meaningful role in the international dialogue on cultural understanding. As a global company, Bank of America demonstrates its commitment to the arts by supporting such efforts as after-school arts programs, programs to conserve artistic heritage as well as a campaign to encourage museum attendance. Bank of America offers customers free access to more than 150 of the nation’s finest cultural institutions through its acclaimed Museums on Us® program, while Art in our Communities® shares exhibits from the company’s corporate collection with communities across the globe through local museum partners. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation also provides philanthropic support to museums, theaters and other arts-related nonprofits to expand their services and offerings to schools and communities. Bank of America partners with more than five thousand arts institutions worldwide.

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Reporters May Contact:
Diane Wagner, Bank of America, 1.312.992.2370


Reporters May Contact:
Diane Wagner, Bank of America, 1.312.992.2370