By Francesca Catalano
Faculty Director, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at American Public University
What’s your favorite museum? The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago? The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York? Maybe the GRAMMY Museum in LA?
What do these museums and many more have in common? They are free on 9/26.
On Saturday, September 26, you will have the opportunity to view world renowned works of art, explore the wonders of the universe, or commune with nature – for FREE. Many museums from across the nation will participate in Museum Day Live! This is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in honor of the world famous Smithsonian Museums in our nation’s capital.
How does it work? Search for a museum to determine if your favorite museum is participating, or to perhaps find a new favorite. You’ll then have to sign up (access is now open) and download your ticket for two.
You can only go to one museum, so choose wisely! If you bring others in your party they’ll have to get their own Museum Day Live! Ticket or pay any entrance fees. Go to your chosen museum’s website for hours of service, address, and other important information.
The Smithsonian museums in our nation’s capital comprise 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. The museums were founded in 1846 via the estate of a British scientist called James Smithson, who detailed the mission of this national treasure to “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”
They are open daily (except 12/25) and have free admission.
In honor of James Smithson, please enjoy Museum Day Live! at a museum near you.
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About the Author: Francesca A. Catalano received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a medical technology degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1992 and 1993 respectively. She was awarded her Ph.D. in molecular biology with an emphasis in microbial genetics from Loyola University Chicago in 2001. Her dissertation was on the abilities of a microbe called Bacillus subtilis to build an alternative cell type called a spore. She then matriculated at DePaul College of Law where she received a J.D. in 2004.