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You can now download tickets to visit museums for free on Sept. 22nd

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Choose carefully

Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery

Museums across the country will offer free admission on Saturday, Sept. 22nd for the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day. The catch is that you’ll need online tickets, which are available for download now.

Over a thousand museums are participating, including many delightful, niche ones. In Elmhurst, Illinois, there’s the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, focused on gemstones and carvings. (See video below.) Indiana’s “Life on the Ohio River” History Museum is participating, as is California’s Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum. You can get tickets to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center in Maine, or Rhode Island’s Beavertail Lighthouse Museum.

This ticket provides general admission for the ticket holder plus one guest. However! Keep in mind that you can only download one ticket per email address, so choose carefully.