Hundreds of Museums Will Offer Free Admission on ‘Museum Day’ This Month

Free Museum Day

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Stock Photos from Jay Yuan/Shutterstock)

For over 170 years, the Smithsonian has served as a “place of scientific discovery, cultural exploration, and collaborative learning.” In order to foster this mission, the Washington DC-based institution has been committed to keeping its collections free to the public. While offering complimentary admission is not a common practice among American museums, hundreds of sites across the country will follow suit as a part of Smithsonian Magazine‘s Museum Day.

A “celebration of boundless curiosity,” Museum Day annually grants art and culture enthusiasts free access to an impressive selection of museums across the country. This year, that day falls on September 21, and (like last year's edition) features a fun and festive theme—for 2019, it's Music.

Why the musical focus? “Music is not only a reflection of human creativity and innovation, but also a key method of communication and cross-cultural exchange and understanding,” the magazine explains. This theme is particularly fitting this year, as the Smithsonian celebrates the Year of Music, a 365-day program that “crosses disciplines, bringing together music-related resources in art, history, culture, science, and education.”

Wondering how you can get in on the multidisciplinary fun? Head over to Smithsonian Magazine‘s website. Here, you will find an interactive list of participating museums and you can download a ticket. One ticket is permitted per email address and will grant you and a guest free access to hundreds of museums on September 21.

Happy Museum Day!

Mark your calendars! September 21, 2019 is Smithsonian Museum Day, an annual event in which hundreds of museums across the country offer free admission.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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