Smithsonian Museum Day Live! offers free admission to museums all across the nation

Museums like The Circus Museum at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida will again take part in Free Museum Day on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Photo credit: Deborah J Bell

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, over 1400 museums and cultural institutions all across the nation will be opening their doors for free as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! event.

You can search for a participating museum in your area and register for your free one-offer-per-household ticket on the Smithsonian Museums website. This ticket will allow you and one guest free entry to one of the participating institutions, excluding parking, special events and exhibits.

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According to its organizers, the once-a-year event reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the everyday free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties such as the National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum.

Museums and cultural venues participate in Museum Day Live! voluntarily, and over 350,000 museum-goers visited more than 1,400 museums last year alone. You can learn more about the many diverse Smithsonian Museums by visiting their main website: Smithsonian.

Some of this year’s participating Tampa Bay area museums include: Armed Forces Military Museum, Bok Tower Gardens, Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Florida Holocaust Museum, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Henry B. Plant Museum, Historic Spanish Point, Museums of Fine Arts, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art, St. Petersburg Museum of History, Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Museum of Art, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Pier Aquarium, and the Ybor City Museum State Park.


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