This Saturday, September 28, is Smithsonian Museum Day, which means that many of the best museums throughout New York and around the globe are hosting free admission days, special programs, and extended hours in anticipation of many enthusiastic visitors.
Hosted by Smithsonian magazine, this annual event has grown in participating museums and visitors over the years. In 2013, over 30 museums are participating in New York City. One hundred seventeen museums will participate in forty-one of the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and Panama. To gain your free pass to the participating museum of your choice, simply visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Each household will be emailed a free admission ticket that entitles the ticketholder and a guest entrance to the museum. Keep in mind that if you have a family, only two members of your family will be able to get in free. Additional family members must pay regular admission. Often, printed tickets are required.
Some participating museums include the Queens Historical Society, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, The Jewish Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, Museum of Art and Design, Historic Richmond Town, Van Cortlandt House Museum, and Brooklyn's Waterfront Museum. New York also has its own Smithsonian Museum - you don't have to travel all the way to Washington, D.C. to see it! The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is located in the Customs Building downtown at Battery Park, right next to the subway station. The NMAI is free every day and is host to many incredible artifacts and artworks - it's definitely worth the trip downtown, especially on a beautiful weekend when you can wander around some of the other parks in the area or take the free ferry over to Staten Island afterwards.
This is your chance to check out a museum or historic site that you haven't already seen! There are hundreds of museums, cultural centers, and historic spots in New York so get started on your museum adventure this weekend!
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