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Museum Day — the big day when it’s super easy for anyone to get free admission at museums across the country — always takes place on the fourth Saturday in September.
In other words: This Saturday is free Museum Day 2018!
Saturday, September 22, marks the 14th anniversary of Museum Day, the event sponsored annually by Smithsonian magazine. For Museum Day 2018, you can get free admission to a choice of roughly 1,500 U.S. museums, including the 9/11 Tribute Museum in New York City, the Museum of Pop Culture in Washington, and the Newseum in Washington D.C.
While it’s easy to get free museum admission on Saturday, it’s not as simple as showing up and strolling into the exhibit hall without opening your wallet. It’s necessary to find a participating museum and download tickets in advance.
You’re allowed one download per email address, which is good for free admission for two people to the selected museum on Saturday. Just have the ticket ready when you arrive at the museum. (And expect larger-than-usual crowds: Museum Day tends to bring out the masses, as you’d imagine.)
Among the museums you can get free admission to on Museum Day 2018 are the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (regular suggested admission: $15), the San Diego Air & Space Museum (regular price: $19.95), the Buffalo Museum of Science ($11), and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans ($22.95), to name just a few.
If you can’t make it to free Museum Day 2018, take note that there are many other ways to get free museum admission throughout the rest of the year.