In September, Smithsonian Magazine will celebrate its 18th annual Museum Day! That means hundreds of museums, zoos and cultural centers across the country will wave their admission fees for a day, giving families free entry.
Over 1,000 museums nationwide are expected to participate in this year’s Museum Day, which will take place on Saturday, Sep. 17. Families will be able to take advantage of free admission and a special curation of exhibits related to this year’s theme.
The theme of the free event will be “The American Experience,” and will focus “a spotlight on wonderful arts, culture, sciences, innovation and history exhibits across the country” reports Travel+ Leisure. “We are so thrilled to be able to bring Museum Day to the public for the 18th year and to once again be able to highlight many of the museums and cultural institutions that make America so special,” says Amy Wilkins, the chief revenue officer at Smithsonian Media.
Not sure which museums are included? You can head to the Smithsonian Magazine website and search by location to find a participating museum near you. According to USA Today, museums are still signing up to be included as part of the free day, so continue to check if more locations are added in your area.
While the event makes museum entry free, you still need to register for a ticket. You can register for a ticket starting on Aug. 15. A single ticket provides entry for the ticket holder and one guest and only one ticket is permitted per email address. Check out the full list of participating museums and download your free ticket at the Smithsonian Magazine website.