The Smithsonian Magazine makes art appreciation easy with its Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! event, which gives you free admission for one day to more than 400 museums across the country. According to the American Alliance of Museums, there are more than 17,000 museums in the United States. That is a whole lot of museums. I have only had the pleasure of visiting a small fraction of what is available to us every day. This year, there are 16 museums in Tennessee that are participating in the event that will be held on Saturday, September 24.
The museums are in all regions throughout Tennessee. There are some that will appeal to all members of your family.
American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge
Belmont Mansion, Nashville
Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, Memphis
Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, Jackson
Crockett Tavern Museum Morristown
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville
The Muse Knoxville, Knoxville
Museum Center at 5ive Points, Cleveland
Museum of Appalachia, Clinton
Museum of Biblical History, Collierville
Museum of East Tennessee History, Knoxville
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore
Trousdale Place, Gallatin
Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville
West TN Delta Heritage Center/Tina Turner Museum, Brownsville
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Knoxville
Although you may have already visited some of them, you may want to go again. I find I learn something new each time I return to one of the museums I previously visited.
Obtaining a ticket for the day is easy, and the best part is the tickets are free. The ticket allows admission for two people to one museum of their choice. Only one ticket may be used per household, per address. Additional museum guests from your household must pay to enter with you. Once you register online, you will be able to download your ticket to use on September 24.
If you know you will be in another state that weekend and would like to take in a museum tour for free, see what museums are participating where you will be visiting. Get your free ticket early, so you do not miss out.
Find a participating museum near you.
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