Finding a museum that offers free admission seems more difficult every day. Sure, sometimes there are deals: Come by after 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, excluding leap years, and show your latest tax return to prove you’re a local.
It’s never that bad. And I know museums need to charge admission to stay open. But sometimes that $25-per-adult entrance fee just hurts.
Luckily, museums across the country join together each year in the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution — where admission is always zero bucks! — and open their doors to visitors for free.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, celebrate the annual Museum Day with free general admission for two to any participating museum.
How to Visit Museums For Free
To get in on this freebie, find a participating museum near you that you’d like to visit, and register for your free ticket — which is good for you and a friend.
To register, you’ll need to choose the museum you’d like to visit and then enter your email address and your name. Remember, you can only register for one Museum Day ticket per email address.
Once you’re registered, click the “Download Ticket” button, print the PDF file, grab a buddy and go!
The download will specify whether you must print out your ticket or if you can display it on your phone. One caveat: Museum Day tickets don’t cover parking or extras, like Imax movies.
Lisa Rowan is a former senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.