Save the date: More than 1,300 museums in all 50 states are offering FREE admission on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, for the 13th annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live! event.
Important – you can’t just walk in. Museum Day Live! free admission requires a special admission ticket, which you can download, also free, starting today.
Also important – the price of a National Park Service Lifetime Pass jumps from $10 to $80 on Monday.
The annual Museum Day Live! event allows museums nationwide to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, as does the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhttan, a branch of the Smithsonian.
New for 2017, Museum Day Live! is partnering with Microsoft to create special interactive lesson plans using Minecraft: Education Edition. Participating museums can download the lesson plans to enhance the Museum Day Live! experience at their facility.
The Minecraft: Education Edition extensions will be based on Smithsonian materials and will be available for download by museums on August 1 on the Museum Day Live! website. Following the event, Microsoft will provide schools with access to the Minecraft: Education Edition extensions.
Each FREE ticket grants the ticket holder and one guest, FREE access to any participating museum on September 23. Click here to download your tickets.
Your Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket will be e-mailed, and you must print it and bring it with you for free entry. Each ticket is good for two people, and does not include special exhibits, parking or showings such as IMAX.
NYCOTC tip: if you are a group of more than two, register with different email addresses for the two-ticket limit. Whether you are part of group or not, go early in the day, since museums have the right to make you wait in favor of paying customers if space reaches capacity.
Get FREE admission every day of the week to NYC museums. See our complete list of FREE museum days, by day of week.
In New York City, participating museums include:
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- Morris-Jumel Mansion
- Museum of American Finance
- Museum of the City of New York
- The Hispanic Society of America
- Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Battery Park, which is free every day, not just on Museum Day Live!