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Free Museum Day in Massachusetts

Smithsonian Magazine Offers Free Admission on Sept. 29


Free Museum Day in Massachusetts

The Old South Meeting House is among the local attractions participating in Smithsonian Magazine's free "Museum Day."

Photo by Eric Wilbur

There are plenty of free things to do in Boston. Now, here's one more

Each September, Smithsonian Magazine offers free admission to museums nationwide through its "Museum Day." This year, the event takes place on Sept. 29, with dozens of Massachusetts museums participating in the program.

The local participants for 2012 are:

American Textile History Museum - Lowell Andover Historical Society - Andover

Armenian Library and Museum of America - Watertown

Battleship Cove - Fall River

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House - Gloucester

Beverly Historical Society - Beverly

Cahoon Museum of American Art - Cotuit

Cape Ann Museum - Gloucester

The Children's Museum in Easton - Easton

Cogswell's Grant - Essex

Collection of Historical Scientific Instrument - Cambridge

Concord Museum - Concord

EcoTarium - Worcester

Emily Dickinson Museum - Amherst

Essex Shipbuilding Museum - Essex

Forbes House Museum - Milton

Fruitlands Museum - Harvard

Griffin Museum of Photography - Winchester

Gropius House - Lincoln

Harvard Art Museums - Cambridge

Harvard Museum of Natural History - Cambridge

Historic New England - Boston

Historic Newton - Newton

Iris and B. Gerald Art Gallery - Worcester

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site - Brookline

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House - Concord

Lyman Estate Greenhouses - Waltham

Martha's Vineyard Museum - Edgartown

Mead Art Museum | Amherst College - Amherst

Memorial Hall Museum - Deerfield

Merwin House - Stockbridge

Museum of African American History - Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Boston

Museum of Our Industrial Heritage - Greenfield

Museum of Russian Icons - Clinton

New Bedford Whaling Museum - New Bedford

New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods - Framingham

Nichols House Museum - Boston

Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge

Old Colony Historical Society - Taunton

Old South Meeting House - Boston

Otis House - Boston

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology - Cambridge

Phillips House - Salem

Photographic Resource Center at Boston University - Boston

Royall House & Slave Quarters - Medford

Salem Witch Museum - Salem

Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich

Semitic Museum at Harvard University - Cambridge

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History - Weston

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm - Newbury

Springfield Museums - Springfield

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute - Williamstown

The Bidwell House Museum - Monterey

The Discovery Museums - Acton

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art - Amherst

The Great House at Castle Hill - Ipswich

The Mary Baker Eddy Library - Boston

The Shirley-Eustis House - Boston

Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum - Fitchburg

Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Boylston

Wenham Museum - Wenham

Willard House and Clock Museum - North Grafton

Worcester Art Museum - Worcester

Worcester Historical Museum - Worcester

To gain free admission, visitors must fill out a form at Smithsonian.com. The ticket will be emailed to you after you submit your information, which includes name, address, and whether or not you would like to receive more information from Smithsonian Magazine. Each ticket is good for two admissions per household.

Keep in mind, you must present the printable ticket for the free admissions and that families of three or more will be required to pay each additional fee for entrance.

Though it seems quite the list, there may be some area museums not participating. For example, both Boston's Museum of Science and Children's Museum are not among those offering the deal. For complete information, and a database of participating museums nationwide, visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues.

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