Mark the Date: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020

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Because of the current ongoing situation with COVID-19, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3.

The Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is back. This year a few months earlier as in recent years. This year’s Museum Day will be on Saturday, April 4th, 2020. Usually, the Museum Day takes place around September. 2016 was the last year when Museum Day was in the first half of the year. 2016 and 2020 where both leap years. I am not sure if this is a coincidence…

This year’s Museum Day 2020 is celebrating Earth Optimism by highlighting conservation and sustainability efforts.

Never heard of Museum Day before?

Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a free Museum Day ticket.

Not every museum or institution is participating. Find if your favorite museum you always wanted to visit is participating on the official website of the Museum Day.

There you can filter by ZIP-code, state or the type of museum you want to visit. Every state has at least 2 museums participating in this year’s Museum Day.

Choose wisely as you have only once selection every year. Once you made your selection and got your ticket, you can’t change it anymore or take it back to select another museum. However, nothing will happen if you choose a museum and then don’t go. 

Every ticket is good for two standard admissions at participating museums. It’s not valid for special exhibits, parking, IMAX film screening or any other offer. Some of the museums require printed tickets. If so, there will be a mark on your ticket that you have to print it. Otherwise, you can just show it on your smartphone.

Any Questions?

Check the FAQ section to get the most important questions you might have answered. Otherwise, reach out by using the provided contact form at the end of the FAQ section or via social media.

If you want to bring more than just one guest, you have to pay for your other guests, except…

For example, as a family of four, each parent could get a ticket and therefore bring one of their children with them. Please don’t abuse this way of getting tickets. We all want the Museum Day to last many more years.

I love the Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. and if you haven’t been there, you should definitely put it on your bucket list. Where will you go this year? 

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