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:

Wichita has many other museums that are free all the time or on specific days:

Looking for more museums in Wichita? Check out our comprehensive list here.