Over 1,000 museums nationwide will offer free admission this Saturday

September 19, 2017

The Bartlow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx, photo courtesy of Richard Warren via NYC & Company

It’s that time of the year again! Smithsonian Magazine is hosting its annual “Museum Day Live!” event which provides free admission to over one thousand museums, art galleries and historic homes across the country on one day only: Saturday, Sept. 23. In New York City alone, 25 institutions and educational spaces are open to the public at no charge.

The Asia Society and Museum is participating in Museum Day, photo courtesy of C.Bay Milin via Asia Society and Museum

While the tickets are free, visitors must select a museum and download passes ahead of time. The ticket provides general admission for the ticketholder, plus one guest. The free admission does not include the cost of parking, IMAX film screenings or other special exhibits.

In NYC, museums participating in Museum Day include the Museum of Chinese in America, the New York City Fire Museum, the Rubin Museum of Art and the Queens Historical Society, just to name a few.

Just outside of the city, the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Heckscher Museum of Art and Sagtikos Manor, are all offering free admission this Saturday, serving as the perfect excuse for an end-of-summer day-trip. Use Smithsonian’s interactive map found here to locate a participating museum near you by searching by location or keyword. Register for tickets here.


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