Act Now, Get Free Museum Admission

Smithsonian magazine is hosting its 6th annual Museum Day on Sept. 25, and that means a day of free admission at hundreds of participating museums across the country.

You do need to have a ticket to gain admission, and tickets can now be requested. There's an online form to fill out, and then you receive your ticket via email (to print out). Each ticket is for two people, limited to one ticket per household.

You do have to say which museum you'll be visiting, so they can keep track of numbers. Click here to find participating museums in your area – or any areas you might be visiting on Sept. 25.

Sample museums are as diverse as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, dedicated to Texas music; and the Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in Florida, featuring artifacts and dioramas depicting Seminole life.

According to Budget Travel magazine, 940 museums have signed on so far, and eventually 1,500 are expected to participate. Last year, more than 300,000 people visited 1,300 cultural places on Museum Day.

With the free tickets you can save considerable bucks, $44 for two, for instance, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. But if you have additional guests they do need to pay.

Toyota is sponsoring this year's Museum Day, and according to Budget Travel is providing on-site activities including docent tours, contests and giveaways at five museums: the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass., and the Tampa Museum of Art.

Photo, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Smart Destinations, Flickr
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