Saturday is Free Museum Day! Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine

Saturday, September 26, is Smithsonian Magazine’s annual MUSEUM DAY with free admission to participating museums across the country.

The only catch is that you need to visit the Smithsonian website and print out your ticket (good for two admissions) first before you go. It’s not free for everyone. You’re special!

Here’s a list of participating museums and venues in the New York City area. It will be perfect weather day in the area so go have a beautiful day in the city!

Simply find the museum you would like to visit tomorrow then go to the Smithsonian website to grab your ticket. NOTE: It’s one ticket per email sign-up. Since a ticket admits two, grab a friend and go to a couple!


Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue, Upper East Side
Exhibit to see: Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms 

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Morningside Heights
Exhibit to see: A preview of the art installation The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet

Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street, Financial District
Exhibit to see: LAFAYETTE!

The Hispanic Society of America
613 W 155th Street, Upper East Side
Exhibit to see: Check out the entire collection, “unparalleled in their scope and quality outside the Iberian Peninsula, addressing nearly every aspect of culture in Spain,as well as a large part of Portugal and Latin America.”

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, Hell’s Kitchen
Exhibit to see:  Hubble @ 25!

Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue at 92nd St, Upper East Side
Exhibit to see:  The brand new exhibition Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue, Murray Hill
Exhibit to see:  Catch Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland before it closes next month.

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace, Washington Heights
Exhibit to see: No regular exhibit but go say hi to Mrs. Jumel’s ghost!

(The mansion is pictured at top, picture taken in 1890, courtesy Museum of the City of New York)

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
421 East 61st Street, Upper East Side
Exhibit to see: The newly installed Woven into Mourning: Memorial Hairwork in the Nineteenth Century “A growing number of manufacturers created an industry of mourning through the production of rings, brooches, and even wreaths made from the hair of a loved one.” WOW.

Museum of American Finance
48 Wall Street, Financial District
Exhibit to see: America In Circulation: A History of US Currency, with their massive wall of money

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
Exhibit to see:  Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Manniquin

Museum of the Chinese In America 
215 Centre Street, SoHo
Exhibit to see:   SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape

New York Fire Museum
278 Spring St, Hudson Square
Exhibit to see: FDNY in the 1970s!

The Rubin Museum of Art
150 W 17th St, Chelsea
Exhibit to see:  Gateway to Himalayan Art and the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room

The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place, Battery Park City
Exhibit to see: Ten Tops “eschews rankings and focuses on one simple group of the world’s tallest buildings: 100 stories and higher”

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, Upper East Side
Exhibit to see:  Try out A Purposeful Partnership: Art Directors and Illustrators or, if you’re a comic book fan, Chip Kidd Presents: Batman Black and White: The Sketch Covers

The Studio Museum In Harlem
144 W 125th S, Harlem
Exhibit to see:  Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange

Ukranian Museum
222 East 6th Street, East Village
Exhibit to see: Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s

U.S Lighthouse Lilac
Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at West Street and N. Moore Street
Exhibit to see: In its final week — Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade




Alice Austen Museum
2 Hylan Boulevard, Rosebank
Exhibit to see: Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark, an endearing look at the history of Austen’s home

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue, Richmond
Exhibit to see: Bringing Up Baby, a display of Historic Richmond Town’s collection of baby furniture

Noble Maritime Collection
1000 Richmond Terrace #8, Sailors Snug Harbor
Exhibit to see: Robbins Reef Lighthouse: A Home In The Harbor

Staten Island Museum
75 Stuyvesant Place, St. George
Exhibit to See:  From Farm to City: A Richmond County Savings Foundation Legacy Exhibition

And here’s the list of participating museums in New York state. For more information and other museums throughout the United States, check out the Smithsonian Magazine site.


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