For Smithsonian Day on September 24th, participating museums, not only in the tri-state area but also in all 50 states, will waive admission fees for holders of “Museum Day admission cards.” A “Museum Day admission card” will admit two visitors to museums marking Smithsonian Day, an event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in honor of the Smithsonian spirit. Smithsonian Day offers tri-state residents the chance to travel, tour, and learn at a participating museum or historic site with free admission for two visitors.
How to get a free admission card for Smithsonian Day
In order to visit participating museums for free, the process is simple.
- Go to the Smithsonian Day site
- Fill in an online request form where you’ll be asked for your venue choice and your email.
- Pick up your email as the ticket is emailed to you after the request is made
- Download the free “Museum Day admission card” that admits the pass holder and a guest
- Use your printed “Museum Day admission card”
Note that it’s necessary to indicate a venue location when electronically requesting your free Smithsonian Day pass, so you need to view the list of participating locations and make your choice in advance.
How to find a participating museum in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania
It’s easy to find a participating museum near any point in the tri-state area or in the United States. Go to the interactive “Find a Museum” map, type in your home address, and zoom out on the map to see the icons of museums near you. Click on an icon and up comes the museum name, address, and its active home link.
Or, if your preference is to find a museum by state, look below the “Find a Museum” interactive map, go to the drop down menu marked “Search venues by state.” New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have multiple participating venues. Choose your state, and a list comes up with participating venue names in your state, each accompanied by the name of its town or city location.
If you’re looking for a museum in New York, you’ll find over 100 choices. Included in New York state’s choices are the Asia Society Museum on Park Avenue well-known for its Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan that is hosting a Curious George exhibit through September 25th, the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum that is reopening on September 24thwith a new Right Whale Exhibit, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum berthed at Pier 86.
New Jersey offers 19 locations participating in Smithsonian Day. In Princeton, Morven Museum and Gardens, located in the former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion, offers exhibits of fine, folk, and decorative arts and educational programs. Farmingdale’s Historic Village at Allaire is a non-profit, living history museum set in the year 1836. The USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History showcases the nation’s largest and most significant collection of golf artifacts and documents. The Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum is a working maritime village with 17 recreated and historic buildings, artist demonstrations, interpretive exhibits, events, festivals, live aquatic displays, a ¾ mile boardwalk, and a ¼ mile nature trail.
Pennsylvania offers 60 diverse locations participating in Smithsonian Day. Among the Keystone state’s offerings is The Hersey Story: The Museum on Chocolate Avenue documents the life of Milton S. Hershey, the man, his chocolate company, the town that bears his name, and his legacy. The city of Philadelphia offers multiple locations including The Athenaeaum, The American Philosophical Society Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, both The National Constitution Center and The National Liberty Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the African American Museum,
Whether Smithsonian Day is a couple’s outing, an individual jaunt, or a family learning excursion, the Tri-state area offers almost 200 participating locations. A free, Smithsonian Day ticket for two on September 24thhonors the Smithsonian spirit of preserving and learning about cultural histories and art forms.
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