High Museum of Art: Ticket discounts and FREE admission days
The High Museum of Art is one of Atlanta’s most popular attractions. It has more than 15,000 works of art in its permanent collection, and sponsors special exhibits several times a year.
With so many reasons to visit often, Atlantans are always looking for admission deals, coupon codes, and ticket discounts for the High Museum.
This page will keep track of all the current discounts available, so be sure to bookmark it and visit often. You can also subscribe to our daily newsletter for reminders of all upcoming free days and discounts.
Did you know…
The Woodruff Arts Center campus is the permanent home of a Rodin sculpture cast in bronze. The Shade was donated by the French government as a memorial, in honor of 106 art patrons from Atlanta who died in a 1962 plane crash at Orly Field near Paris.
The statue was cast in bronze in 1968, from Rodin’s original 1880 mold. The life-sized figure stands on an inscribed granite block, and is encircled by a low wall containing the names of the Atlanta Art Association members who lost their lives on that June day.
This is public art, meant for everyone to enjoy.
The next time you find yourself on Peachtree Street in front of the Arts Center, take a moment to visit this famous work by Auguste Rodin.
High Museum discounts & free admission days
NEW! Get a Museum Pass for just $4 a month
If you love going to the High, this is a deal that you just can’t beat.
You can purchase the new Museum Pass for just $4 a month, with a 12-month commitment — or pay $48 all at once, if you choose.
The digital pass gives you unlimited FREE admission to the museum’s permanent collection and most special exhibits. It also includes FREE access to daytime programs like Toddler Thursdays as well.
If you sign up for the $4/monthly plan, you must agree to have $4 debited from your account automatically for the next 12 months. After that, you are free to continue monthly or cancel at any time. Be sure to view the enrollment agreement and read the FAQs before you sign up.
This is even cheaper than the $83 individual membership — although a membership comes with other perks, like free parking, discount at the Museum Store, and access to special events.
Note that the pass does NOT give you free access to evening events like First Fridays.
It also does NOT include the Obama Portraits Tour exhibit — you must buy a special timed ticket for that, and all the info you need is in the section below.
Free admission for military every day
The High Museum offers FREE admission for all military personnel (active and veteran status), PLUS one guest — for a total of two free tickets per household. This is a really good deal. Most military freebies we see only include one person.
The offer is good during regular museum hours, on a walk-up basis — but it does NOT include the Obama Portrait Tour exhibit, which requires a special timed ticket (see the info below).
FREE parking in the Woodruff Arts Center deck is also available for military.
You’ll need proof of service, of course. More info here
You may also be interested in the Blue Star Museum program, which offers FREE admission to active military families during the summer months each year.
Cheap date alert!
Come to the High on a Tuesday in August and bring a friend for FREE!
General admission is $18.50.
To activate the BOGO offer — two tickets for the price of one — just go here and click on TICKETS.
Select your date — it must be a Tuesday in August.
And then add an even amount of tickets to your order. You can add up to ten tickets, to get five of them for free.
This is a great chance to see the blockbuster Samurai armor & weaponry exhibit for less.
And of course, you can also take advantage of the FREE admission days we have listed, just below.
There are FIVE 2-for-Tuesday dates in August:
Tuesday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission on Second Sundays each month
On Second Sundays of each month at The High Museum of Art, museum admission is free from noon until 5:00 p.m. There is also special programming that might include live performances and art-making activities.
It’s a good idea to reserve your free tickets in advance, on the High website.
You can also take your chances on a walk-up admission.
Your ticket is good all day, and you don’t have to reserve a specific time slot. You may also be able to just show up at the museum.
To get a ticket:
Just go to the ticketing page and pull up the date of a second Sunday. You’ll see the price is listed as $0.00. You can choose the number of tickets you need to reserve for your group.
♦ See the blockbuster Samurai Armor exhibit for FREE on a 2nd Sunday!
This summer, the High Museum of Art presents Samurai: Armor from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller.
The special exhibit is on display from June 23rd through September 17th, giving you several chances to see it for FREE on a second Sunday (dates below).
You’ll see one of the most important collections of its type outside of Japan, featuring a dazzling array of armor, helmets, swords, and other objects spanning almost nine centuries.
The collection illuminates the exceptionally high level of design and craft dedicated to these elaborate instruments of ceremony and combat. It reveals the culture, lifestyle, and legacy of the Samurai warrior in Japanese society.
The items were assembled over nearly four decades of collecting.
The High is the first museum in the Southeastern United States to present this exhibit, which has traveled to cities around the world. It comes to Atlanta from The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum in Dallas, Texas.
Second Sunday dates during the Samurai exhibit’s run include:
- July 8th
- August 12th
- September 9th
NOTE that you may also qualify to see the exhibit for FREE as part of the Museums on Us program, on these dates:
- July 1-2
- August 5-6
- September 2-3
Free admission monthly through the Museums on Us program
That credit or debit card in your wallet just might gain you FREE admission to the High Museum of Art once a month, through the Museums On Us program.
The program allows qualified card holders to visit certain museums for free on one weekend per month — including a Saturday and Sunday. It’s usually the first weekend of the month, unless the first weekend is split over two different calendar months (for example Saturday is on Jan. 30th and Sunday is on Feb. 1st).
The qualifying cards include credit/debit cards from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and U.S. Trust.
Note that only the cardholder gets a free ticket. If you’re taking your family, regular prices apply to non-cardholders. The program also excludes special events, special exhibitions, and ticketed shows.
This is how it works:
- Go to the High’s ticketing page to reserve your time slot on a free Museums on Us day.
- Use the promo code BOA2020 to redeem the free ticket offer. You’ll also be able to buy regular-price tickets for anyone coming with you.
- Take your qualifying Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card AND a photo ID to the museum with you for free entrance.
Free Teacher Appreciation Days
The FREE Teacher Appreciation Days are scheduled somewhat irregularly. You can check for upcoming educator events here.
Educators are admitted free and may bring one free guest. School ID required.
More for your buck on First Fridays
The popular First Fridays program doesn’t discount admission prices — instead, it adds MORE to what you get for the price of a ticket, to sweeten the deal. This event happens on the first Friday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m.
There is generally a limited cash bar, music performances, gallery talks, and special activities or workshops that follow a monthly theme. To see the special programming planned for the current First Friday event, check the High Museum’s calendar page.
Getting there & parking
The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St., in the heart of Atlanta’s busy Midtown area. If you drive, you can park in the attached parking deck, but it is pricey — usually a minimum of $15.
Considering the cost of parking, it often makes sense to take Uber or Lyft to get to the High Museum.
There’s also MARTA. With the Arts Center Station right across the street from the back of the Woodruff Arts Center campus, this is one of the simpler venues to get to on the train.
Directions with MARTA
- Take any red and gold line train to the Arts Center MARTA station.
- Exit the train and follow the signs pointing to Arts Center Way, which requires going up three levels (avoid exiting via West Peachtree Street).
- Once you’ve reached street level, the High is just across the street. You’ll find a stairway and elevator that lead directly to the courtyard.
Note: If you are commuting from the blue or green line, you have to travel to the Five Points MARTA station and transfer to the first northbound train.