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50 In 50: Enjoy These Museums For Free On Museum Day This September

By Kelsey Marie

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Visiting museums can offer insights into the history and culture of a city while offering aesthetically pleasing architecture and art. It can also be expensive, especially if you’re like me and can no longer rely on your student ID for discounted tickets.

Fortunately for museum-lovers, Museum Day is approaching and it’s the one day you can attend your favorite museum for free. On Saturday, September 21, there will be more than 1,500 museums across all 50 states allowing people to experience the museum free of charge.

The 15th annual Museum Day is hosted each year by the Smithsonian magazine. Amy Wilkins, the chief revenue officer at Smithsonian tells Travel + Leisure: “There are so many great museums and cultural institutions throughout our country that you may not even know about, some of them in your own backyard! Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day draws attention to these hidden gems, showcases their programming, both year-round and Museum Day specific, and provides an impetus to visit without ticket costs posing a barrier.”

In order to secure a spot, head to smithsonianmag.com, select which museum you’d like the visit and download a ticket. You’re only allowed to download one ticket per email address but each ticket allows two people to enter for free.

According to Museum Day organizers, more than 453,000 people downloaded a ticket last year.

Wilkins also said in regards to Museum Day: “This event is important as it highlights the culture, history, science, art and nature that each state has to offer and represents a national commitment to access to these unique places.”


Here is a list of 50 in 50 museums you can visit for free on Museum Day:

Alaska

Alaska State Museum

Juneau, AK

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Alabama

Rosa Parks Museum

Montgomery, AL

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Arkansas

William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

Little Rock, AR

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Arizona

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Mesa, AZ

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (MST)

California

GRAMMY Museum

Los Angeles, CA

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (PST)

Colorado

Hotel de Paris Museum

Georgetown, CO

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (MST)

Connecticut

Lockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum

Norwalk, CT

Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Delaware

Delaware History Museum/ Mitchell Center For African American Heritage

Wilmington, DE

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Florida

Florida Museum Of Photographic Arts

Tampa, FL

Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Georgia

National Civil War Naval Museum

Columbus, GA

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EST)

Hawaii

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Honolulu, HI

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Iowa

African American Museum Of Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Idaho

Old Idaho Penitentiary

Boise, ID

Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (MST)

Illinois

DuStable Museum Of African American History

Chicago, IL

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Indiana

The History Museum

South Bend, IN

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Kansas

Wichita Art Museum

Wichita, KS

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Kentucky

American Saddlebred Museum

Lexington, KY

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Louisiana

African American Museum

St. Martinville, LA

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Massachusetts

Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston, MA

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Maryland

Prince George’s African American Museum And Cultural Center

North Brentwood, MD
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Maine

Portland Museum of Art

Portland, ME

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Michigan

Holland Museum

Holland, MI

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Minnesota

Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM)

Winona, MN

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Missouri

Black Archives Museum

St. Joseph, MO

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Mississippi

B.B. King Museum And Delta Interpretive Center

Indianola, MS

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Montana

Museum Of The Rockies

Bozeman, MT

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (MST)

North Carolina

Harvey B. Gantt Center For African-American Arts + Culture

Charlotte, NC

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

North Dakota

National Buffalo Museum

Jamestown, ND

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nebraska

El Museo Latino

Omaha, NE

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EST)

New Hampshire

American Independence Museum

Exeter, NH

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

New Jersey

Newark Museum

Newark, NJ

Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

New Mexico

Albuquerque Museum

Albuquerque, NM

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (MST)

Nevada

Burlesque Hall Of Fame

Las Vegas, NV

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (PST)

New York

Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum

Buffalo, NY

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Ohio

National Barber Museum

Canal Winchester, OH

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Oklahoma

Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma City, OK

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Oregon

Portland Art Museum

Portland, OR

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Pennsylvania

African American Museum In Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Rhode Island

The Bristol Art Museum

Bristol, RI

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

South Carolina

Carolina Music Museum

Greenville, SC

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

South Dakota

Historic Adams House

Deadwood, SD

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (MST)

Tennessee

Blues Hall Of Fame Museum

Memphis, TN

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Texas

Modern Art Museum Of Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Utah

Park City Museum

Park City, UT

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (MST)

Virginia

Danville Museum Of Fine Arts & History

Danville, VA

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Vermont

Vermont History Museum

Montpelier, VT

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Washington

Museum Of Pop Culture

Seattle, WA

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Madison, WI

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CST)

West Virginia

Jefferson County Museum

Charles Town, WV

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Wyoming

Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Thermopolis, WY

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (MST)

Washington, D.C.

National Museum Of Women In The Arts

Washington, D.C.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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