Museum Day takes place on Sept. 17. | Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Get ready for a day at the museum! Smithsonian Magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day is coming up soon on Sept. 17, and participating museums, zoos, and cultural centers across the U.S. are welcoming guests free of charge.

The objective of Museum Day follows the lead of the Smithsonian Institution, which offers free admission to its Washington D.C. museums all the time to create equitable access for school-aged kids and those in underrepresented communities so that they can visit galleries and historic archives more regularly. The theme of this year’s Museum Day is the American Experience, which aims to highlight the arts, cultures, sciences, and history showcased across the country.

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This year’s Museum Day is sponsored by the Quaker Oats Co. and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers year-round opportunities for families to travel to new places, while Quaker Oats will sponsor a back-to-school instant-win promotion everyday through Sept. 17. Quaker Oats is offering participants the chance to win one of 100 Smithsonian Science kits per day. Five people can also win a trip to Washington D.C. to visit Smithsonian Museums. Parents can enter the promotion once a day for a chance to win at

Families interested in participating in Museum Day on Sept. 17 can learn more about the event and download tickets starting on Aug. 15 here. Tickets allow entry to the participating museum for the ticket holder and one guest.

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Carmelina Albanese

Carmelina Albanese

Carmelina was an editorial intern at the Toy Insider, the Toy Book, and the Pop Insider. In addition to writing for the three publications, she loves writing (and never finishing) her own short stories. On her days off, she enjoys crocheting funky-looking animals, taking long drives to Dunkin’, and identifying plants in her backyard. She is excited to learn and write about all the hottest toys of the summer.