As cities and states start to reopen following lengthy pandemic closures, museums, zoos, and cultural centers are opening their doors and welcoming guests once again. To celebrate, the Smithsonian magazine has set aside Saturday, September 18th to bring back its popular Museum Day. According to USA Today, more than 1,000 institutions will participate.
There is something for everyone and every interest ranging from air and space, art, children, general history, science, and natural history museums as well as several historical landmarks. The list includes the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the AKC Museum of the Dog in New York City, and the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama, where guests can climb aboard the USS Alabama battleship and USS Drum submarine. This event is truly a treat, especially if you choose to visit The Hershey Story – The Museum on Chocolate Avenue in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Admission is free, but you must download a ticket from the Museum Day website. Tickets will be available starting August 18th.
This year’s theme is “Experience America” and “it represents the return and resurgence of our country’s diverse cultural experiences.”
After a difficult year of closur, it’s hoped that Museum Day can reignite interest in museums and encourage financial support. Amy Wilkins, Smithsonian Media chief revenue officer, explained to USA Today that “most museums rely on public funds and donations, and those are not generally forthcoming in years in which people can’t actually experience all the amazing things they have to offer, so we’re really looking forward to being able to draw attention to and support, these cultural institutions”