In the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The ticket can be downloaded online beginning Aug. 15 and provides free admission for two people to one participating museum on Saturday, Sept. 22.
This year’s theme is “Women Making History,” honoring women who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.
“Now, more than ever, we recognize the importance of Museum Day in making our country’s knowledge and culture accessible to everyone,” said Amy Wilkins, chief revenue officer at Smithsonian Media. “Given the strides women are making in society, our theme – Women Making History – encourages participating museums and museumgoers alike, to celebrate and honor the female heroines that help shape the world around us.”
Organizers expect more than 1,300 museums in all 50 states to participate in the 14thannual event. The list of venues at Smithsonian.com/museumday currently shows more than 20 museums in Kansas are participating and we expect that list to grow before Sept. 22. So far the list includes these museums in the Wichita area:
- Museum of World Treasures
- Wichita Art Museum (always free on Saturdays)
- Wichita-Sedgwick Co. Historical Museum
Wichita has many other museums that are free all the time or on specific days:
- Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum of Art is always free and open every day except Monday. Their collection of more than 70 outdoor sculptures across campus is always on display.
- Old Cowtown Museum is free on Sundays from April through October.
- Keeper of the Plains is always free and there are informational displays on the adjacent plaza.
- There is a free museum inside the Coleman Factory Outlet, which is open every day except Sunday.
- Great Plains Nature Center has indoor displays that are free to visit and open every day except Sunday.
Looking for more museums in Wichita? Check out our comprehensive list here.