Posted on 18/07/2021

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The US Is Opening Over 1,000 Museums For Free Entry In September

In September, the US plans on opening more than 1,000 museums to the public, free of charge in a bid to promote cultural experiences that are available across the country.

In September, the US plans on opening more than 1,000 museums to the public, free of charge in a bid to promote cultural experiences that are available across the country.

Museum Day Live

Museum Day Live

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In association with Smithsonian Magazine the 17th annual Museum Day Live will happen on Saturday September 18. The event did not take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To obtain free access to the museums, all visitors must do is download a branded ticket for the institutions that are partaking in the event. This ticket will work for museums, zoos and cultural centres for the day. The ticket is for you and a guest.

"As we begin to feel a sense of normalcy in our day-to-day lives, we are honored to welcome the public back to Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. and New York and museums around the country this Museum Day," said Amy Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer at Smithsonian Media. "In a year that has challenged us in unprecedented ways it is our hope that this year's event serves as a reminder of the people, places and cultural experiences that have the power to unite us all."

Museums all over the country have already signed up for the event. Some of the museums include the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, the Gibson House Museum in Boston, the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis and many more. The list of participating institutions is regularly being updated, you can keep track of the ones participating near you here.

The event has partnered with Quaker this year in order to create a back-to-school giveaway. The giveaway gives a chance for children to win one of 100 Smithsonian science kits per day. Teachers also have a chance to win a grand prize alongside school children, they could win a private Q&A with a museum education or a cultural field trip for their class.

One ticket is available per email address and will grant access for the holder and one guest. You can find out more on the Smithsonian website.

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