Each year museum lovers and people all across the country look forward to Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day, a national day where participating museums, zoos, and cultural centers offer free entry, but sadly this year’s event has been cancelled.
Though we’re not entirely sure why the event was cancelled, their website reads:
Thank you for your interest in Museum Day. We have made the difficult decision to pause Museum Day for 2023. Please check back for information about 2024.
Beyond getting through the doors of various cultural institutions, the annual Museum Day also helped to empower attendees.
By shining a spotlight on incredible arts, culture, sciences, innovation, and historical exhibits, the ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities, were supported.
Participating NYC destinations in last year’s event included:
- Poster House, Manhattan
- Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Manhattan
- Museum of Jewish Heritage, Manhattan
- Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Bronx
- Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Bronx
The Smithsonian Institution was developed between 1765 and 1829. Helmed and funded by British scientist James Smithson, the project began construction, designed by architect James Renwick Jr., in 1849 and opened in 1855.
Since opening, Smithsonian has become the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. It has 21 museums, the National Zoological Park, nine research facilities, and more than 180 affiliates around the world.
So, looks like we’ll have to wait until next year to celebrate Museum Day.
On the bright side, 22 NYC museums offer free admission on various days throughout the year, and you can also get into 70+ NYC museums for free using Culture Pass!