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Be Cultured for Free on Museum Day, 9/25/10

Be Cultured for Free on Museum Day, 9/25/10 Photo

Photo by araby

Posted on September 23, 2010 in Travel Tips

Museums and their collections are priceless treasures--and sometimes it feels like you have to fork over all your own treasure just to buy an entrance ticket. For those who prefer to admire art, absorb culture, and learn about science and technology for nothing, Smithsonian Media is hosting their 6th annual Museum Day on Saturday, September 25th. Museums all over the country will be open to anyone who prints out a free Museum Day ticket. You can search for participating museums on the Smithsonian site and get some ideas from IgoUgo members.

Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklynite22 claims the Brooklyn Museum is easy to get to by subway and bus--it is!--and that it’s often overlooked by visitors to NYC. It shouldn’t be, because it’s one of the oldest and largest museums in the country and has one of the best Egyptian art and artifacts exhibits in the world. As an added bonus, it’s rarely as crowded as museums in Manhattan. If you’re there, don’t miss a chance to also see the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA
Who doesn’t love a cultural institution that’s also a great place to get lunch or a drink? Raj B. says the Getty is just that, as well as a first-rate art museum. While it’s usually what’s on the inside that counts for a museum, don’t miss the Tram ride and a walk around the grounds for amazing views of LA.

Littleton Historic Museum in Littleton, CO
This museum is mainly outdoors, and it showcases pioneer life in the 1800’s. Vickifunes counts it as one of her favorite historical representations in the U.S. and that her grandchildren love the interactive exhibits and the working farm.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in Mystic, CT
Eve Carr lets us know that we shouldn’t be fooled by the serious name of this museum, because while it may be a first class research center, it’s also full of exciting lifelike displays and a realistic replica of a Pequot Village. Once you’re in Mystic, it's a short trip to the Submarine Force Museum, home of the nuclear sub U.S.S. Nautilus.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA
This one is a big one and has the second largest collection in the U.S. after the Met--so it’s probably best viewed when you have more than two hours to spend--or have the chance to return. Jill-O-E says the MFA continually has fabulous temporary exhibits that feature mostly contemporary art. Its strong collections include American decorative art and painting and Japanese art, complete with a Japanese garden.

Guggenheim Museum in New York City, NY
Sadly, this sprial bastion of modern paintings, sculpture, and film--featured in araby's great photo above--is not participating in Museum Day, but every Saturday between 5:45 and 7:45 p.m., admission is “pay as you will.” That we can do!

More Museums on IgoUgo
London Museums
New York City Museums
Washinton, D.C. Museums
Dallas Museums
San Diego Museums

By eyesoftheworld (Anna Welch)


Comment by MilwVon on September 25, 2010

I enjoyed my day in two museums here in Wisconsin - Oshkosh-by-Gosh to be exact. I will post my reviews shortly :) I especially enjoyed the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Paine Art Center & Gardens. Unfortunately neither were participants in the National Museum Day.



Comment by eyesoftheworldStaff on October 4, 2010

For anyone in Italy between now and 12/18, many museums are free and open after hours on the last Tuesday of the month.

The program is called Martedi in Arte (, and there's a short blurb about it in the NYTimes (

Buon divertimento!


Comment by nik'smomStaff on October 5, 2010

Bank of America hosts a program called "Museums on Us" which allows you free general admission to selected museums nationwide providing you have a Bank of America credit or check card. This is valid for the first full weekend of every month. For more information, check the Museums on Us website at and find a museum near you.

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