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Rediscover Culture in Your Own Backyard



Museums Nationwide Grant Free Admission on

Smithsonian Magazine’s 5th Annual Museum Day


Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2009) — How do you follow up “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”? With a whole day at a museum for free, courtesy of Smithsonian magazine. Smithsonian magazine invites Smithsonian readers and visitors on a free journey to celebrate culture, learning and knowledge at Museum Day 2009. Smithsonian has designated Saturday, September 26, 2009 its fifth annual Museum Day, when participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities. 


Last year, upwards of 200,000 people attended Museum Day.  All 50 states plus Puerto Rico were represented by over 900 participating museums, including 84 Smithsonian affiliate museums. This year, the magazine expects to attract over 1,000 museums.


“Museum Day represents Smithsonian Media’s commitment to making knowledge and culture accessible to everyone, whether they’re able to travel to the nation’s capital or not,” said Kerry Bianchi, Group Publisher, Smithsonian Media. “In light of the economy, when many families are looking for ways to still have fun and pursue their passions, Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day is a welcome treat this year. With more than 750 museums throughout the country already registered to offer Smithsonian’s free admission policy, this year’s Museum Day is poised to be the largest to date.”


Museum Day’s supporting sponsor is CITGO.  Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions.  Visit to download your Museum Day Admission Card, or find it in the September issue of Smithsonian.  Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household.  Listings and links to participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites), can also be found at  


Museums can register to participate by logging onto and following the “For Museums” link.


About Smithsonian Media

Founded in 1970 with the launch of Smithsonian magazine, Smithsonian Media—comprising Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Publishing Digital Network, Smithsonian Books and advertising for Smithsonian Channel—allows the intellectually curious to indulge and engage their passions for history, the arts, science, the natural world, culture and travel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, has a circulation of more than two million. This multimedia network is also affiliated with the world’s most visited museum and research complexes at the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit,, and



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