How to Visit Museums for Free This Weekend

More than 1,250 museums and other cultural institutions are offering free admission on Saturday. Here's how you can score free tickets.

How to Visit Museums for Free This Weekend Photo by Iakov Filimonov /

Saturday is what Smithsonian magazine calls “Museum Day Live!” But a better name for it would be “Museum Day Free.”

More than 1,250 museums and other cultural institutions across the country will waive their admission fees on Sept. 23. This annual event is hosted by Smithsonian magazine.

To search for institutions near you that have chosen to participate in this year’s freebie, visit the “Find a Museum” page of the event website.

To get in for free, simply present a Museum Day Live! ticket at the door of a participating museum on Saturday.

Visit the event website’s “Tickets” page to request a ticket. There you will be asked for your email address, name, and state or territory as well as the museum you want to visit for free. Once you enter that information, your ticket will appear on the next screen and be emailed to you, according to the event website.

Be sure to check your ticket to find out whether you must print it. Some museums require a printed ticket, while others accept tickets displayed on smartphone or tablet screens. If you’re headed to the latter type of museum, your ticket will state “This museum will accept the ticket from your smart phone screen” under the museum address.

Also note that one ticket is good for two free admissions. So, if you attend with someone else, only one of you needs to request a ticket online and present the ticket at the door.

Tickets are limited to one per email address, and you cannot change your mind after selecting which museum you want to attend for free. “Choose wisely!” Smithsonian magazine says.

For more ways to see cultural institutions at no cost, check out “5 Ways to Visit Top Museums Across America for Free.”

Which museum would you most want to visit for free? Let us know by commenting below or over on our Facebook page.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More


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