Here’s how you can get free entry to over 1000 museums for Museum Day Live By: James Gabriel Martin

In September, more than 1000 museums in the US will open their doors to the public for free as part of a campaign that aims to promote the excellent choice of cultural experiences available across the country.

Hosted in association with Smithsonian Magazine, the 17th annual Museum Day Live will take place on Saturday 18 September, the first since last year’s pandemic cancellation. Visitors just need to download a branded ticket for participating institutions and they’ll gain entry free of charge to museums, zoos and cultural centers for the day, along with one guest.

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Explore California African American Museum for free on Museum Day Live ©Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

“As we begin to feel a sense of normalcy in our day-to-day lives, we are honored to welcome the public back to Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. and New York and museums around the country this Museum Day,” said Amy Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer at Smithsonian Media. “In a year that has challenged us in unprecedented ways it is our hope that this year’s event serves as a reminder of the people, places and cultural experiences that have the power to unite us all.”

Hundreds of museums in all 50 states have already signed up for this year’s campaign, and it is expected that 2021 will be a bumper year. Large and small museums taking part include the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, the Gibson House Museum in Boston, the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis and many more. The list of participating will continue to be updated in the lead-up to the big day and you can check for your nearest event here.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of this year’s participating museums ©Lewis Tse Pui Lung/Shutterstock

This year, the campaign has partnered with Quaker to create a back-to-school giveaway in which children will have a chance to win one of 100 Smithsonian science kits per day. There’s also a grand prize giveaway in which teachers and school children can win private Q&A with a museum educator on a cultural field trip for their class.

Each ticket for Museum Day Live grants access to the holder plus one guest, with one ticket being permitted per email address. More information on downloading tickets for Museum Day Live is available on the Smithsonian website.

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