Museum Day

Get you free museum tickets

Between shutdowns, staff layoffs, and budget cuts, the pandemic has been tough on museums and cultural attractions across the United States.

But that won’t stop more than 1000 museums, zoos, and cultural centers from opening their doors for free on Saturday, September 18 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day 2021.

Each participating museum will offer free admission to guests who present a museum day ticket downloaded from the Museum Day site. Visitors may request one ticket per email and each ticket provides general admission to the ticket holder and one guest.

In addition to offering savings on admission fees, which can be quite hefty, Museum Day gives guests a chance to revisit a favorite museum or explore a new one.

The event, which was canceled last year due to COVID-19, celebrates the reopening of museums and the return of arts and cultural experiences with this year’s theme of Experience America.

You can search by city, zip code, or state for a museum near you. Here are a few examples of museums you might want to visit with your free Museum Day ticket – or any day.

Flight Path Museum & Learning Center at LAX

The Flight Path Museum and Learning Center is a great aviation and aerospace museum at Los Angeles International Airport.

LAX Flight Path Museum airplane models

Gold Coast Railroad Museum: Miami, FL

The museum houses more than 40 historic rail cars including the Presidential Rail Car ‘Ferdinand Magellan,’ and Florida East Coast Steam Locomotive #153. 

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, NY

The legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid is a National Historic Landmark. See 28 aircraft, the space shuttle Enterprise, and enter Growler, the only guided missile submarine open to the public.

Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The Museum of Flight is the world’s largest independent air and space museum. It displays over 160 airplanes and spacecraft on a 23-acre campus. The museum’s six buildings include the original Boeing Aircraft factory.

Free museum admissions this weekend & Sept. 27th

You can get free admission to selected museums in 18 states this weekend if you have a Bank of America check, ATM or credit card – or are friends with someone who does.

As part of the Museums on Us program, participating museums in 18 states (so far) offer free admission on the first weekend each month.

If you’re on the road, it’s a great way to stretch your travel budget. If you’re home, it’s a good excuse to stop by a local cultural mainstay and see what’s new.

If you get the museum bug, keep in mind that Saturday, September 27th is Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, when hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide offer free or reduced admission. You’ll need this free, down-loadable card for this program.

Several aviation museums, including the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the American Airpower Heritage Museum in Midland, Texas, and the San Diego Air & Space Museum are on the list.

An Aerocar – courtesy Seattle’s Museum of Flight