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!