The Cosmophere

Saturday is free Museum Day: take advantage of it

This Saturday, September 25, 2010 is free Museum Day around the country.

More than 1300 museums – including a lot of aviation and space museums – will open their doors for free to anyone who shows up with a downloaded coupon from Smithsonian magazine that’s good for admission for two people to any one museum on the list.

Ticket for free museum day

Last year, more than 300,000 people took advantage of the Smithsonian’s free museum day offer. This year, event organizers expect a lot more people – maybe 20% more – to show up.

It’s a great opportunity to go to a museum you’ve been meaning to go to but have put off because the price tag seemed too high.

A few suggestions:

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City (regular adults admission: $22);

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama (regular adult admission; $24.95);

The Adler Planetarium (regular admission $27 for adults) in Chicago, where there’s a great exhibition of rare and antique telescopes including this rare circa 1660 ivory telescope from Germany

Or the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Kansas Cosmophere