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It’s almost time to empty the pockets of cash and head off to your nearest participating museum.
Those in the know understand we are referring to Smithsonian’s awesome Museum Day, which means free admission to more than 1,200 museums across this grand nation of ours.
Its website states: “Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.”
To get in on the cultural savings, you only need to follow two painfully easy steps. First, find which museums are actually honoring the free tickets.
This link offers a way to quickly find out where you are headed on Saturday, Sept. 24.
For those in Los Angeles, you have quite the decision with three participating museums in the form of the Western Museum of Flight, Zimmer Children’s Museum and Santa Monica History Museum.
New York City boasts 13 participating museums while good ol’ Washington D.C. also promises free entry into 13 locations, including the Newseum, National Museum of Women in the Arts and National Museum of the American Indian.
Once you tracked down where you are off to this weekend, head to the website and request your free tickets by email.
There is even a section for any willing museums to click on if they are considering participating in the future.
Fortunately, this event has already been a wild success.
CNBC spoke with Amy Wilkins, Smithsonian Media's chief revenue officer. Wilkins tells the news site: “Twelve years ago, only about 200 museums participated in the event and now over 1,200 museums take part.”
Wilkins continues: “The Smithsonian is committed to making knowledge accessible to everyone and Museum Day Live! is an opportunity for museums across the country and their diverse communities to unite around that commitment.”
Travel is a marvelous thing. But you don’t always have to break the bank or travel far for amazing discovery thanks to programs like this.