I don't know if this is going to be a running feature on this blog, but I'm going to try! So please return here each Friday to learn about a notable freebie in the world of travel.
And this one's a doozie: Museum Day! On September 25th (which is a Saturday conveniently enough), museums across the USA will be opening up their doors for free. Interested parties simply go to the link below to print out a ticket, good for two free admissions per household. Those with families larger than two, will have to pay for the extra people to enter. (Tip: use the ticket for the adults in your party as many of the participating museums offer free or deeply discounted admission to children).
Free tours and other special events will be occurring on the 25th. The Adler Planetarium in Chicago, for example, will be teaching guests how to use its solar powered telescope to view the sun.
Many, many museums are participating including some odd and unusual ones like the Oz Museum in Wamego, KS (largest privately owned collection of "Wizard of Oz"memorabilia anywhere); the Farm Toys Museum in Dyersville, IA; the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX (dedicated to Texan music); and the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame in Long Beach, WA.
To find a participating museum near you, and get more details, go to the Smithsonian Magazine website.
(Photo: This Day of the Dead piece at the Spanish Cultural Center in Albequerque is a memorial for the women killed along the Texas/Mexico border. Photography by Glen Van Etten)