Get Your Culture for Free at Smithsonian Magazine’s 15th Annual Museum Day

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Lean in, parents. We’re about to tell you how you can chalk up a double parenting win without even trying. Saturday, September 21st is Smithsonian magazine’s 15th Annual Museum Day, the day when over 1300 museums nationwide will welcome visitors free of charge. There are over 100 museums participating in the program in New Jersey and New York alone. Which means that you’ll effortlessly plan a fabulous weekend outing that your whole family will remember and sneak in some knowledge and culture. So yeah, you’ll definitely want to brag about that on social media later.


As we all know, the Smithsonian museums are always free. But on Saturday, September 21st, hundreds of museums all over the country will join them in opening their doors for fans of art and history of all ages to visit for free. Museum Day celebrates the extraordinary power of museums to provide visitors with insight and inspiration, and the event represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion. 


The beauty of Museum Day is that not only are well-known institutions like the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt participating, but also lesser known, super interesting museums like the Aviation Hall of Fame in Teterboro, the Fosterfield’s Living Historical Farm in Morristown and the Long Pond Ironworks in Hewitt will also be opening their doors. These museums usually capture a moment in history with interesting displays, enthusiastic docents and the chance to get hands-on in with rapidly disappearing skills and crafts.

Tickets for Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day are now available for download. Museum-goers can head to the Museum Day website to download one free ticket, good for two people. Each ticket grants the ticket holder, and one guest, free access to any participating museum on September 21, 2019. One ticket is permitted per email address. For more information, or to find museums near Bergen County, click here. Then grab a pen and happily check, “Learn Something New” off your to-do list!

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