Google app offers free July admission to museums, zoos

Google’s Field Trip app is willing to help you enjoy your summer more by giving you free admission into any of 23 museums and zoos.

The list of participants includes sites in New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, and Reno. The program expires at the end of July, but each museum has only a limited number of tickets to give away, so hurry over if it’s important to you.

(Note: If you can’t make it to the sites on the list at the bottom of this story before July is over— or your city’s culture temple isn’t on the list—check out another way to see great art for free through 2013. That would be the “Museums on Us” program from the Bank of America.

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Choose a state to see what museums near you are participating in the free "Museums on Us" program sponsored by the Bank of America.

For one weekend a month through December, those who hold a Bank of America credit or debit card can get in free to more than 150 museums nationwide.)

How Google’s Field Trip works

The free Field Trip app tracks your location through your phone’s GPS and notifies you whenever there’s something interesting nearby—maybe an important historical site, a great hidden restaurant, or live music.

The Field Trip team surfaces data from 110 different content partners, so the app is especially useful if you live in a city where there’s a lot of coverage.

Now the company is promoting its app—successfully, according to the developers—by allowing free entry to the sites listed below simply by showing your Android phone.

If you get near one of the participating museums with the app installed on your phone, a notification should pop up informing you of the free entry procedures. If it doesn’t work, you can also force the notification manually by going into the “nearby” tab of the app and scrolling until you find the correct information card.

I downloaded Field Trip solely because of the promotion (for the record, I’ve visited the Exploratorium, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young—all in San Francisco—with this app so far, but it’s also been great for my city commute. I’ve learned a lot about my neighborhood’s history, and I’ve tried out a few new restaurants I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

Field Trip participating museums and zoos include:

  • Exploratorium, San Francisco
  • Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
  • Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
  • Legion of Honor, San Francisco
  • de Young Museum, San Francisco
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Museum of the City of New York, NYC
  • The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC
  • New York Aquarium, NYC
  • Prospect Park Zoo, NYC
  • Bronx Zoo, NYC
  • Central Park Zoo, NYC
  • Queens Zoo, NYC
  • National Building Museum, Washington D.C.
  • Crime Museum, Washington D.C., where you can see the studio for the TV show "America's Most Wanted" (shown at the top of this story)
  • President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington D.C.
  • The Field Museum, Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Reno
  • Nevada Design Museum, NV
  • Portland Art Museum, Portland
  • Pittock Mansion, Portland
  • Portland Children’s Museum, Portland

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