Imagine getting into Baltimore’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum or Calvert Marine Museum for free. Now you can on Sept. 26 for Museum Day Live! when several Maryland and Washington, D.C., area museums will open their doors for free.
For one day each year, several museums wave admission prices in emulation of the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s facilities, which offer free admission every day.
Museums taking part on Museum Day Live! Sept. 26 include the National Building Museum and the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C., and College Park Aviation Museum, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, B&O Railroad Museum, Historic London Town and Gardens, Adkins Arboretum, Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Calvert Marine Museum, Historic St. Mary’s City, and many more in Maryland. If a participating museum is closed Sept. 26, the offer is good for another day.
“Museum Day Live! unites a spectacular array of museums across the country around Smithsonian’s commitment to make knowledge accessible to everyone,” says Stephen Giannetti, chief revenue officer of Smithsonian Enterprises. “This year we hope to welcome more guests to experience a cultural institution in their area.”
Visit the Museum Day Live website to download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Each ticket grants the ticketholder and one guest free access to any participating museum Sept. 26. One ticket is allowed per household, per email address. A list of participating museums is on the website, smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine’s 2015 Museum Day Live! Over 1,300 museums are expected to participate this year.