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Museums Offers Free Admission on September 24


In an effort to provide greater access to museum treasures, Smithsonian Magazine has designated September 24 as Museum Day.

 The Smithsonian Museum is in Washington D.C.
The Smithsonian is headquartered in Washington D.C.

An enormously successful initiative that celebrates education, culture and the dissemination of knowledge, Museum Day invites museum partners to emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities by opening their doors free of charge to anyone who downloads a Museum Day Ticket at

Experiencing exponential growth since its inception in 2005, this year’s Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is poised to outdo the 2010 event in museum participation and public attendance.  In 2010, museum goers downloaded 227,747 tickets resulting in more than 500,000 museum-goers visiting over 1,300 venues in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

This year Susan G. Komen for the Cure is participating in Museum Day, and museum visitors will be encouraged to donate to this leading global breast cancer organization.

Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2011 and links to participating museums’ and supporters’ sites, please visit     

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2010.

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