One of my favorite things about Washington, DC, is the free access to so many amazing collections of art, nature, science, and culture though the Smithsonian Institution. Besides the obvious benefits 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 little museum-goers who 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.)
If there’s any downside to all this complimentary admission, it’s that it’s easy to overlook the museums that do require a fee, many of which are fantastic. But the 6th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day will offer a chance to check them out the way we’re used to: free of charge. Mark your calendar for September 25 and register to download your Museum Day Ticket. With it, you’ll get free admission for two people to one participating museum.
Search for participating museums by location on the Smithsonian Magazine website here.