Museum Day is this weekend! The annual event offers free admission to museums across the country and celebrates our country’s diverse cultural experiences. There’s availability at loads of locations for you to grab your downloadable ticket, with participants in all 50 states.

Each ticket will grant the holder and one guest timed access to any participating museum on September 18. You can download one ticket per email address, so the whole family can enjoy, but note that you can only choose one museum for a free ticket. Some museums that offer free children’s admission will not require a kid’s ticket for this event, but you may want to contact your chosen spot in advance to be safe. Participating locations will have safety precautions in place to protect against the ongoing pandemic.

This is the 17th annual Museum Day and it’s particularly special, since many museums faced long closures due to COVID-19. The Smithsonian Magazine created the event to commit to access, equity and inclusion. You can see a full list of participating museums and get your downloadable ticket through the magazine’s website.

The event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company and the company is also running an instant win giveaway program through September 15. Participants can enter to win one of 100 Smithsonian Science kits per day! Plus there’s a grand prize for five lucky adults, who will each win a virtual Smithsonian Museum tour and private Q&A for up to 35 guests. Head to to try your luck.

—Sarah Shebek

Featured photo: Michal Parzuchowski, Unsplash 



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