Remember that insanely cool exhibit happening at the museum? You saw the Facebook event, your friend raved about it, and it was on the side of every bus.

"I'm definitely going to go," you told yourself. "It's worth splurging on tickets. I'll be so cultured."

And then you didn't. And after a month or two, it closed. You had time — why didn't you go?!

Because, let's face it, we divide museums into two categories: free and not. So yeah, at this point "museum" pretty much just means the Met.

But this weekend, you're out of excuses.


Over 1,000 museums across the country will provide free admission on Saturday. In NYC alone, there's 25 open to the public for absolutely zero dollars. 

It's all part of the Smithsonian Museum's annual "Museum Day Live!" event. They're offering two tickets to a ton of participating museums, art galleries, historic homes and other cultural institutions at no charge.

In NYC, there's options like the New York City Fire Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, Morgan Library and Museum, Queens Historical Society, Asia Society and Museum, the Jewish Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and many, many more. 

And if you need an excuse for a perfect end-of-summer day trip, there's also options just outside of the city. Check out the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Hecksher Museum of Art, or Sagtikos Manor. 

Here's what you need to do: choose which museum you want to visit from this huge selection of venues, download your ticket here, and then head to the museum this Saturday! 


The Smithsonian provides general admission for the ticketholder and one guest. Sadly, it doesn't include IMAX film screenings or other special events.

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