This Saturday, September 28, is the annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! This event encourages free admission to participating museums for a visitor and guest, providing one of them has signed up on line and has received a ticket to show at venues. One ticket is good for two people. With over 1,400 museums involved all across the United States, there will be something to appeal to everyone.
Visitors don’t have to travel to a big city to take advantage of this. Many of the museums are in smaller towns as well as the nation’s major cities. They cover just about every subject imaginable including historic houses, old jails, art galleries, toys, aviation, quilts, whaling and many others.
Since admission to the Smithsonian Institution is free everyday, this is one way of making other museums accessible for free. Most museums, especially the smaller ones, do not have the funding to keep their doors open without requiring some admission price from visitors. Smithsonian Day gives everyone the opportunity to see what is available at no charge.
As a preview to the “free” day on Saturday, here are five museums with a small summary about each one:
Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California — This examines the history of cartoon art as it is used in books, comics, magazines, and animation. The museum began in 1984 and received an endowment from Charles M. Schultz, creator of Peanuts, in 1897.
Archibald Smith Plantation Home in Roswell, Georgia — The home of one of Roswell’s founding fathers was built before the Civil War, in 1838, and survived. The grounds include all the original outbuildings as well as the main house.
Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri — Back in 1860-61, it only took 10 days to travel 2,000 miles from St. Joseph to Sacramento to deliver mail on horseback. The riders endured bad weather, rough mountain terrain and robbers to get the mail to its destination.
Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, New York — This art museum contains paintings about the western portion of the United States. Artists from the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries, have depicted the unsettled frontier, desert scenes, Native Americans of the Great Plains and mountains, and the life of cowboys.
Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii — This palace was built by King Kalākaua in 1882. His sister, Queen Lili’uokalani, was his successor. It is a masterpiece of opulence that combines both Polynesian and European traditions.
To look up all 1,400 museums and historic sites available or to see the ones in a particular state, go to the link below that says museum search. That screen can also be used to get a list of specific museums by subject matter by typing in a keyword.
In order to claim an admission ticket, go to the screen listed below that says museum day ticket. Some museums will accept seeing the ticket on a smartphone screen if the paper version gets lost.
Written by: Cynthia Collins