Free Museum Admission Nationwide on Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!

The Ringling in Sarasota is Participating in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live!
The Ringling in Sarasota is Participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!

Sept. 24, 2016, enjoy free museum admission nationwide during Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! Celebrating its 12th anniversary, it’s a day museums in all 50 states celebrate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities by offering free admission.

It’s been several years since I’ve been able to participate in free Museum Day Live! because my schedule hasn’t jived BUT, I LOVE sharing it with my readers. Here in Florida, I have dozens of options and high on my list include a return visit to The Ringling in Sarasota; the South Florida Museum in Bradenton to visit Snooty, at 68 he’s the oldest living manatee in captivity; and Historic Spanish Point in Osprey.

My tips for making the most of Museum Day Live!

  • Download and bring your ticket prior to showing up at your museum of choice. (One ticket is valid for two people)
  • Arrive early and bring along your patience. As you can imagine, free admission will bring out the masses.
  • Although admission is free, share the love and drop a buck or a few in the donation box.
  • Remember, not every museum in the U.S. is participating but each of the 50 states has at least one museum participating.

Some participating organizations already offer free admission throughout the year, but they may be offering additional activities.

Visit to find a museum, learn more and download your ticket.

Free is fabulous, right? Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live!? Get social with Smithsonian magazine and let them know by using @MuseumDay #BoundlessCuriosity #MuseumDayLive.

Hey Bank of America Cardholders!
Did you know through Bank of America’s Museums on Us cardholders receive free admission into participating cultural institutions and museums during the first weekend of the month?



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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