Smithsonian Magazine FREE Museum Day Admission

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I received an email recently that tickets for the next Smithsonian Magazine FREE Museum Day are now available to request! This year’s event will be held on September 18, 2021.

There are many different options to choose from, however, tickets are available in limited quantities. Therefore if you see a place you would like to check out on free museum admission day, grab your tickets now.

Here’s how to get your free tickets:

  1. Head over to the Smithsonian Magazine website here. Click “Log In” if you already have an account from previous years or “Register” to sign up for a new account.
  2. Once logged in, select the “Find A Museum” link in the top header.
  3. Use the parameters in the left-hand column to sort by zip code or state. Or you can use the search bar at the top to look for a specific museum if you have one in mind. Not all museums are participating so you might need to look through the list if your choices are not showing up.
  4. Once you have decided, click the “Get A Ticket” button for the venue you would like to visit.
  5. Type in your email and name. Also, check the box if you want to receive future offers and news from Smithsonian Magazine (this is optional).
  6. Next click “Generate Ticket” and on the next screen, you will be able to download your free admission ticket for September 18th, 2021!

Note that your free admission ticket will get you and one guest admitted to the venue you select. You must present the official downloaded and printed version of the ticket on September 18th to get your free admission.

Here is a list of some of my favorite participating venues in New York this year (as of August 18, 2021). Note that this list is subject to change and you should always check the Smithsonian Magazine website for the most up-to-date information.

Albany Institute of History & Art
Albany, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

All Things Oz Museum
Chittenango, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Buffalo Harbor Museum
Buffalo, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Free Everyday

Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Glenville, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

FASNY Museum of Firefighting
Hudson, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST)

Genesee Country Village & Museum
Mumford, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Gomez Mill House
Marlboro, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
North Tonawanda, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum: Wildlife Education Center
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Phelps Mansion Museum
Binghamton, NY
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST)

Rose Hill Mansion
Geneva, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)

Schweinfurth Art Center
Auburn, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Sci-Tech Museum of Northern New York
Watertown, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

World Awareness Children’s Museum
Glens Falls, NY
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Fine Print:
•Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry.
•One ticket per household or address, good for up to two people.
•A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.
•If the museum reaches capacity, the museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.

Where do you plan to go on Smithsonian Magazine FREE Museum Day?

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