If you live in Washington, D.C., home to the Smithsonian Institution, you get spoiled. Its 18 area museums are always free to attend — which only makes it harder for DC residents like myself to come to grips with paying for museum admission in other cities.
Yes, I get it, museums need to charge admission to stay open — but sometimes that $25 entrance fee just hurts.
But each year, museums across the country join in the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution by opening their doors to visitors for free.
On Saturday, September 24, celebrate the 12th annual Museum Day with free admission for two to any participating museum!
How to Visit Museums For Free
To participate, download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Search participating museums, enter your email address and name, and your ticket — good for you and a friend — will generate. It’ll say the name of the museum on it, and you’ll only be able to download tickets for one museum per email address.
Print the page, grab a buddy, and go! (If you can show your ticket on your phone, the ticket download will specify that). One caveat: Museum Day Live! tickets don’t cover parking or any extras, like IMAX movies.
Participating museums have the right to turn away customers if the facility is too crowded. Expect a ton of people and put on your patience hat when you get in line; more than 200,000 people participated in 2015.
Your Turn: Which museum will you visit on Museum Day?
Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder. She always dreamed of working at the Smithsonian, though…