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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Free Museum Day is Coming! 9.15.12

In just two weeks, over 1,400 museums in America (and Puerto Rico) will be offering free admission all day. This is a great promotion and can save you big bucks whether you are on vacation or at home. It’s also the perfect time to get your kiddos some culture without having to dish out the cash when they may or may not let you stay long enough to get your entry money’s worth.

We almost always visit at least one museum on any trip we take. From the slavery museum in Nassau to the Museum of Tea in London, we have seen some very interesting bits of history indeed. I know not all museums are fascinating for children, there are plenty that are educational and fun for them. In Oregon alone, I found several that would keep their attention: ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum (Ashland), Oregon Air & Space Museum (Eugene) and the Antique Powerland Museum (Salem).

Photos of Wallace Collection, London
This photo of Wallace Collection is courtesy of TripAdvisor
If you don’t have kids and just want to see some fantastic art, that’s great too, and you will have plenty more to choose from. Museums of history, art and sculptures fill the list in each state, so you will find something that will fit your mood. All you have to do is go to the website, choose your preferred museum and submit your information. You’ll get an email to print out your free ticket and gain admission for two people. It’s that easy! You can get a free ticket for two per email address/household. If there are more people in your group, use your husband’s email address or a friend’s. I don’t think you’ll need to go so far as to pretend you don’t know each other when you enter, but use your own judgment.

Photos of Imperial War Museum, London
This photo of Imperial War Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The majority of the free entries are September 29, but a select few aren’t open on Saturdays and are offering it on Sunday, September 30. You MUST have your printed ticket to get free entry.

Will YOU be attending Museum Day Live! organized by Smithsonian Magazine?

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