This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way.
You can’t just walk in to the museum of your choice. You have to download FREE tickets first.
While tickets are FREE, participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience. This year’s event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company.]
With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Museum-goers can head to the website for the 17th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day website to download their ticket.
Each ticket grants the ticket holder and one guest free, timed access to any participating museum on September 18, 2021.
One ticket is permitted per email address.
NYCOTC Insider Tip:
- So if you are a group of four, you will need to download two passes. Be sure you apply for each one with a different email address.
- Larger groups will have to apply for two tickets each from additional multiple email addresses.
Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors—it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion.
New York City residents can get FREE museum admission year-round with the IDNYC Card, which you can use also as a library card.
Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum, Manhattan
The AKC Museum of the Dog, Manhattan
The NYC Fire Museum, Manhattan
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn
Museum of Arts and Design, Manhattan
Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Staten Island
Poster House, Manhattan
Ukrainian Museum, Manhattan
Wyckoff House Museum, Queens
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwell-on-Hudson
The Hecksher Museum of Art, Huntington
Hofstra University Museum of Art, Hempstead
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Additional Programs & Events
Additionally, this year’s event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company to further enhance the event’s mission of making cultural and educational experiences accessible to all.
Now through September 15, 2021, Quaker will be running a back-to-school instant win giveaway program in which participants will have the chance to win one of one hundred Smithsonian Science kits per day. Quaker will also host a grand prize instant win giveaway in which five adults will each win a virtual Smithsonian museum tour and a private Q&A with a museum educator for up to 35 participants.
For more information and Official Rules about the giveaways please visit QuakerBacktoSchool.com.
Participating museums nationwide. For a full list, please visit https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/search/?q=
About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime.
Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.
Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.