Taking the kids to a museum can just about break the family budget. We know! That’s why we love this annual treat from our favorite free museum organization, the Smithsonian. Find out how you can score two tickets to more than 1,300 museums for free admission on September 18, 2021.
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
The Smithsonian Institution’s annual free museum day, Museum Day Live!, is set to return on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Beginning in August, museums around the country will let you download a ticket, good for free admission for two people.
Go Rogue: Explore Non-Mainstream Museums
But this is also the chance to explore lesser known institutions, such as the Jell-O Gallery in Leroy, NY, the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, or the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. There are hundreds of choices, so revisit a favorite place, or find a new one.
You can only receive one ticket per household, so you need to plan carefully. Instead of printing out tickets, many of the museums allow you to show the free tickets on your smartphone.
The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 museums, including the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, are always free, as are some of the museums that just want to jump on the Museum Day Live! bandwagon.
The free tickets are for general admission only, and exclude parking or special ticketed exhibits.
Some of the Other Recommended Museums
- The Museum of Arts and Design and The Rubin Museum of Art, both in New York City
- The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Amherst, MA
- The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, in Knoxville, TN
- Children’s Hands on Museum of Tuscaloosa, in Tuscaloosa, AL
- San Diego Air and Space Museum, in San Diego