Museum Day 2009

Looking for something different to do now that summer is winding down?  On Saturday, September 26th, obtain free general admission to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.  There is an interactive map that can help you find participating locations in your area, including the Fascinate-U Children's Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Queen Emma Summer Palace in Honolulu, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, California. 

You will need to print out an admission card to take with you and it is good for two admissions.  There are restrictions, of course.  From the website:

The following Museum Day restrictions apply: One time use on September 26, 2009 unless otherwise specified. Card must be presented for free general admission. Admission Card will be collected upon entry. General admission only. Does not include entry to special exhibits or IMAX screenings. Admission Card is good for general admission for you plus one guest. One Admission Card per household. Not for use with any other offer. No rain checks. Some participating museums may already have a free admission policy year round and are participating in the "spirit" of the day.

I love free museum days, as it allows me to enjoy all different kinds of cultural activities without spending all of our family's entertainment budget.  Even if you have to pay for a few people, this pass can offer substantial savings over the usual admission fees.


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Kate Horrell
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