Mark your calendars to enjoy Free Museum Day in Wichita again this year, compliments of Smithsonian magazine.
You and one other person in your family can get FREE admission to participating area museums on Saturday, September 21, 2019, when you request your free tickets at the Smithsonian website.
This is one of my favorite events of the year and – fun fact – my first post ever here at Wichita on the Cheap was about Smithsonian Magazine’s Free Museum Day (in September 2009).
Smithsonian Magazine has continued this annual event, and every year I try to use my free tickets to visit a museum I haven’t been to before or haven’t visited for a long time. My first-ever visit to Cowtown was on Free Museum Day one year.
Kansas has quite a few participating museums each year, and some of them not cheap if you’re buying tickets for a large family. Others are already pretty affordable, but with two free tickets for your family it’s even better!
Although admission is FREE, you DO need a ticket. There’s a limit of one ticket per household – each ticket is valid for up to two people.
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 2019, we don’t yet know which Wichita museums are participating. Here are several which have participated in the past. They’re all great. Please note: you must have tickets to get free admission on Museum Day.
- 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 have participated in Free Museum Day previously:
- 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