Mark your calendars. One of my favorite events of the year is coming up again this year. Enjoy one of Wichita’s wonderful museums on FREE Museum Day, compliments of Smithsonian magazine. You and one other person in your family can get FREE admission to participating area museums on Saturday, September 22, 2018, when you request your free tickets at the Smithsonian website.
Please note: you must have tickets to get free admission on Museum Day.
This is a great deal, especially for venues that charge upwards of $10 per person (because that can get expensive for a family). Your biggest problem will be choosing which museum to visit, since so many of them in our area participate each year.
And if you’re going out of town – or even out of the state – that weekend, find a museum to visit for FREE during your trip.
Museum Day is a national promotion, so there are participating museums throughout the United States.
Participating Museums in Kansas
So far for 2018, we see that these Wichita museums are participating. Woot! They’re all great.
- Kansas Cosmosphere
- Museum of World Treasures
- Wichita Art Museum (always free on Saturday)
- Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
- The Kansas African-American Museum (noon to 4 p.m.)
These are the other Kansas museums that are participating in Free Museum Day 2018:
- Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home
- Quayle Bible Collection (free every day)
- Kaw Mission State Historic Site (free every day)
- Red Rocks State Historic Site
- Gardner Historical Museum
- Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village
- Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site
- Fort Hays State Historic Site
Kansas City (KS side)
- Grinter Place State Historic Site
- C.W. Parker Carousel Museum (free every day)
- Constitution Hall State Historic Site
- Mid-America Air Museum
- Grassroots Art Center
- Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art (free every day)
- McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave.
- Meade County Historical Museum (free every day)
- Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture (free every day)
- Johnson County Museum
- Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site
- Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site
- Tonganoxie Community Historical Society & Museum (free every day)
- Kansas Museum of History
FUN FACT: My first post ever here at Wichita on the Cheap was about Smithsonian Magazine’s Free Museum Day in September 2009. Events like these are the reason I started wotc – I wanted to find out about free things to do with the family before they happened, and then share them with others.