Have you had your eye on an interesting museum but haven’t gotten around to visiting? It’s time to clear your schedule on Saturday, September 22, because nearly 1,500 museums and cultural institutions nationwide will be free and open to the public for one day.
Saturday marks Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, which celebrates the knowledge and inspiration museums provide visitors. The theme of this year’s Museum Day, “Women Making History,” honors female trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation, and culture.
In keeping with the theme, New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host Smithsonian and Microsoft’s new mixed-reality experience showcasing female contributions to space exploration. The experience is narrated by former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison.
Need some inspiration for museums to visit? Many of Washington, D.C.’s famous museums, including the Newseum and the Phillips Collection, will be free on Saturday. New York City’s 9/11 Tribute Museum, Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts will also be open and free.
You can download one ticket per email address to any participating museum, and admission is good for two people. Take advantage of this special day when you can save money, learn something new, and celebrate women’s contributions to American history and culture.
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