“We don’t have the money” is one of the biggest reasons we hear from people who don’t visit museums. And with the price of gas and some admission fees, we can understand. But this weekend, you can’t use that excuse.
More than 1,400 museums throughout the U.S. are taking part in the Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! event on Saturday, Sept. 29, and there is a participating museum located within a two-hour drive for most of our readers. The admission is free.
There is one hitch; you have to present an online ticket at the museum. Tickets can be obtained from filling out a request on the magazine’s website, www.smithsonianmag.com. You will then be sent an electronic ticket for two (by email), which you have to print. Only one ticket per household and email address is permitted, and you have to specify which museum you will be visiting, as it will be printed on the ticket.
We are happy to report that the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum are participating in Museum Day Live!
Unfortunately, there are a number of great museums in the region that are not participating, and that concerns us.
By all accounts, Museum Day Live! is a successful program, according to Smithsonian officials, who say it encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide. The event emulates the free-admission policy of all the Smithsonian Institution’s museums in Washington, D.C. and it fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone.
In 2011, more than 350,000 museum goers took advantage of this opportunity, and more than 400,000 people are expected to participate in 2012.
Those going to Blue Mountain Lake are in luck, as Museum Day Live! falls on the same day as the Adirondack Museum’s Fall Festival.