Museum Day 2009


Free?  Umm… with a paid admission, right?  Or with the purchase of a t-shirt? Or…

Nope.  It’s just “free.”  The 5th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, September 26th features both big and small, indoor and outdoor venues.   While the remarkable Smithsonian facilities in Washington DC are free every day, most of us must pay to enjoy our local museums.  But not on September 26th (2009), and the list of participating venues includes over 1200 facilities!

In Ohio alone, there will be 38 museums, art galleries, cultural centers and gardens with the free admission offer.  Places such as the renowned Wexner Center for the Arts, the Ohio Historical Society and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are listed.  More unusual possibilities around my state include the Clyde Historical Museum (the town is the setting for Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio”), the Serpent Mound (site of the largest serpent effigy in the United States) and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

If you’re a US resident, check out the website for your own state’s offerings. You will need to visit the Smithsonian Magazine’s website to secure an admittance card, good for you and one guest.  It’s a quick fill-in and print deal that takes less than thirty seconds.

One could make an interesting day trip out of the smaller offbeat options or spend the entire day exploring a favored institution, like maybe… the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho?  Or maybe the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft Worth, Texas!

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8 Comments to Museum Day 2009

  1. I’ll be intersted to know which ones you opt for on the museum freebie day. Excellent initiative.

  2. Thanks so much for this info Heather! I’m a big museum fan and drag my kids whenever there’s a special exhibit. We just spent about $100 to see the Harry Potter exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry. I will definitly be taking advantage of this. My son by the way, loved the Rock N’ Roll museum when he performed with his middle school band there in April.

  3. Hi Mark! I have some obviously interesting choices, don’t I? I hope enough people hear about it to take advantage of the opportunity!
    Fly Girl: I haven’t been to the Rock N’ Roll Museum yet; that’s one of my possibilities for the “free day”, so I’m glad for the feedback. As with the Fee Free National Park weekends, I’m hoping this will open up new worlds for families.

  4. You never fail to impress with the work you put into your blog.

  5. Heather, what a beautful photo. Thanks for the information on the free entrance. I must tell my daughter about this!!!

    Hugs, Nancy/JJ

  6. Donald: Thank you!
    JJ: It’s a nice deal. The National Parks have something coming up again as well that I’ll try to hit in a couple of days.

  7. I am more of a landscape type of traveler, i love going out in the nature, however, when speaking about museums, i think that The British Museum in London has the most astonishing architecture. Just do a search on google for it, you’ll see what i mean.

  8. UK: I generally tend toward the out-of-doors as well. -But we get more than our share of rainy days here, and museums are a great option then.
    The British Museum is spectacular! What a creative way to fuse the indoors and outdoors!

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