Free Admission at the Smithsonian and Beyond During Museum Day Live!

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens is among the many places where admission will be free during Museum Day Live!

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens is among the many places where admission will be free during Museum Day Live!



One of my favorite things about this city is the free admission to so many amazing collections of art, nature, science, and culture through the Smithsonian Institution. Besides the obvious benefit to the wallet, it’s a wonderful perk for us as parents: We can take our tykes to the museums without feeling like we need to pack it all in on one day’s entrance fee — a nice thing with young museum-goers who may easily get antsy. It also makes repeat visits to the kids’ favorite exhibits easy to accommodate. (Trust me, I know this from LOTS of “Dinosaur Museum” experience.)

However, there’s a small downside: With all this free access, it can be easy to overlook the places that do charge admission, many of which are fantastic. But thanks to Smithsonian Magazine, we’ll have an opportunity to check out some of them the way we’re used to: Free of Charge. This Saturday, September 28, is their annual Museum Day Live!, when many museums that usually charge an entrance fee will waive it for guests. All you have to do is register to get your ticket and you can visit a participating museum of your choice for free. Tickets are good for two people, and you must print it and bring with you to receive gratis admission.

These are some of the participating area museums (that usually require a fee) that families will enjoy:

DC:
DAR Museum
Dumbarton House
Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
National Building Museum
National Museum of Crime & Punishment
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Maryland:
Annapolis Maritime Museum
Baltimore Museum of Art
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
College Park Aviation Museum
Ladew Topiary Gardens
Port Discovery

Virginia:
Alexandria Archaeology Museum

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3 Responses to Free Admission at the Smithsonian and Beyond During Museum Day Live!

  1. Rachel

    Hi! Do you know if toddlers – ie, a 2-year-old – count as a “person” for the purpose of the two person/household limit? The FAQs don’t specify. Thanks!!

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Hi Rachel – I don’t know for sure, but I take it to mean that the 2-yr-old counts as a person. You might try calling the museum you plan to visit and see what their policy will be on Saturday.

  2. Ben

    Too bad that the Spy Museum or Newseum don’t participate but thanks so much for the info!

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