Here’s How to Get Free Museum Tickets for You and a Friend on Sept. 23

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Samantha Dunscombe - The Penny Hoarder

It seems harder and harder to find a museum that offers free admission every day. Sure, sometimes there are deals: Come by after 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, excluding leap years, and show your latest tax return to prove you’re a local.

I’m kidding. It’s never that bad. I know, museums need to charge admission to stay open, but sometimes that $25 per adult entrance fee just hurts.

But each year, museums across the country join in the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution — where admission is always zero bucks! — and open their doors to visitors for free.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, celebrate the 13th annual Museum Day Live! with free admission for two to any participating museum.

How to Visit Museums For Free

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Samantha Dunscombe – The Penny Hoarder

To get in on this freebie, find a participating museum near you that you’d like to visit, then register for your free Museum Day Live! ticket, which is good for you and a friend.

To register for the ticket, you’ll need to enter you email address and name, then choose the state you live in and museum you’d like to visit. The ticket will have the your name and the name of the museum on it. Remember, you can only register for one Museum Day Live! ticket per email address.

Once you’re registered, click the “Download Ticket” button, print the PDF file, grab a buddy and go! The download will specify whether you must print out your ticket or if you can display it on your phone. One caveat: Museum Day Live! tickets don’t cover parking or extras, like Imax movies.

Participating museums have the right to turn away customers if the facility is too crowded, so plan to arrive early in the day at your museum of choice.

Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder.