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More than 1,000 museums across the US will offer free entry on one day next month

Mark your calendar for September 18!

Written by
Noah Barnett

If you don't have any plans for September 18, allow us to recommend something. After skipping 2020 due to... you know... 'free museum day' is back with a vengeance next month and more than 1,000 museums across the country are planning to participate.

Officially dubbed the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, the initiative sees thousands of museums, galleries, zoos and cultural institutions across the country fling open their doors to the public for absolutely free. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address which will provide general admission access for two people to any museum on the list. 

This year, museum participants run the gamut from big-name institutions to your neighborhood gallery. In California, residents and visitors can hit up the Grammy Museum or the California African American Museum in LA or the USS Hornet ship in the Bay Area. In New York, grab a ticket to The Museum of the City of New York or the The AKC Museum of the Dog among 40 other museums across the state

The theme for this year’s day is 'Experience America,' celebrating the return of arts and culture (and Broadway!) this fall. And after a year spent perusing grand art via virtual museum and art gallery tours, we're 100-percent ready to be back in museums in person. (It's really not the same.) 

Head to the museum day website to browse participating institutions near you and to get your free entry ticket. See you in the gallery! 

Want more free days? Every single national park will be offering free entry on these 6 days in 2021

Plus, Krispy Kreme ups the ante with two free doughnuts for vaccinated Americans 

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