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Museums across the US Will Offer Free Tickets for Two on September 17

On September 17th, get free entry to a museum near you. 🏛🎟

by Bucket Listers


Back to celebrate art, history, science, and more, Museum Day offers entry for two at participating museums, zoos, and exhibits across the country! 

The one-day nationwide event is hosted by Smithsonian magazine and admits visitors for free this Saturday, September 17th. Major cities including New York, LA, Chicago, and San Francisco, known for their world-class art and science museums, are participating. 

To get your ticket, head to the event page and enter your zip code. 

The website will pull up a list of nearby participating museums for you to choose from. Once you’ve made your selection, simply enter your name and email address, and your ticket will be generated. 

Download from the website, or pull it up in your inbox when you’re ready to go.

See below for a few museum picks from New York, San Francisco, LA, and Chicago:

Where To Get Free Admission On Museum Day


Grammy Museum 
Los Angeles is granting entry to their Grammy Museum, an interactive space where all aspects of music are explored and celebrated, and rotating celebrity musicians host intimate discussions about their current projects. 

Museum of Latin American Art
Discover a collection of over 1,600 sculptures, paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs, and video art at the pioneering Museum of Latin American Art.

Flight Path Museum & Learning Center at LAX
Experience the glamour, adventure, and excitement of aviation and aerospace at the Flight Path Museum & Learning Center, the only aviation and research center housed within a major airport.


Cartoon Art Museum 
In San Francisco, the Cartoon Art Museum will be participating in free entries. From comic strips, books, and animation to political cartoons, graphic novels, and underground comics, there’s something for everyone.

Museum of Craft and Design
The Museum of Craft and Design is the only museum in San Francisco of its kind and has a goal to make creativity accessible to everyone.

San Jose Museum of Art
Get a surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time at the San Jose Museum of Art.


Visit ​​the nation’s oldest independent African American museum, the DuSable.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Dedicated to preserving and presenting the work of artists who faced marginalization, overcame personal odds, or couldn’t follow a traditional path of art making, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, leaves visitors inspired and bridges the gap between art and its audience.

C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum
Visit the historic 10-acre homestead of C.H. Moore, DeWitt County’s first resident attorney, and friend and law partner of Abraham Lincoln at the ​​C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum.


Cooper Hewitt
In New York City, you can visit one of the world’s most diverse and comprehensive design collections at Cooper Hewitt

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Get an up-close look at some of the most historic land, air, and sea innovations including the world’s fastest military jet, the space shuttle Enterprise, and Growler, the only guided missile submarine open to the public at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The AKC Museum of the Dog
There’s no better way to celebrate our favorite furry friends than with a tour of The AKC Museum of the Dog. This unique museum educates the public about the role of dogs in society and the human-canine bond through its collection of art and exhibits that inspire engagement with dogs. 


To see the full museum lists for your city head to the Smithsonian Museum Day site.


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