Aw, rats. Another postponed/canceled event. And just when they moved it to April.
An announcement on the Smithosian Magazine website says that Musuem Day 2020 will not take place on April 4.
In fact, the announcement goes on to say that they will be canceling or postponing all public events until after May 3.
I suspect that Museum Day will happen in 2020 though, so keep an eye out for it at some future date. This is something they’ve been doing annually for at least 10 years (maybe longer).
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Yay! It’s time for Free Museum Day in Wichita again this year, compliments of Smithsonian magazine. Although Smithsonian Magazine Day has happened in September for as long as I’ve known about it, this year
it will be held in April.
Same deal on free admission to museums throughout the country though!
You and one other person in your family can get FREE admission to participating museums
on Saturday, April 4, 2020, 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 back in September 2009. (That’s more than 10 years ago!)
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 are 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
These are the Wichita-area museums we know are participating for 2020; more may be added as we get closer to the event. They’re all great. Please note: you must have tickets to get free admission on Museum Day.
- Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson
- Museum of World Treasures in Wichita
- Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum in Wichita
- Kauffman Museum in Newton
- The Wichita Art Museum (always free on Saturdays)
Other Kansas museums participate in Free Museum Day. Here are the ones we know of for this year, although again – more may be added as we approach Free Museum Day.
- Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home
- National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame (always free)
- Gardner Historical Museum
- Lincoln County Museum
- Historic Courthouse Museum of Marysville, Kansas
- Pony Express Barn & Museum
- McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation
- Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site
- Kansas Museum of History
- Museum at Prairiefire
Tickets are available now!