You can get free admission to over 1,000 museums on Sept. 21

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Are you a museum buff? Just love learning new things? If so, clear your calendar for Sept. 21, when more than 1,000 museums in all 50 states and Washington D.C., will be free for one day only!

Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country will be providing free entry to anyone with a Museum Day ticket. Good for Sept. 21 only, you can download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission for two people.

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There are more than 1,300 museums and cultural institutions participating across the country, so you’re sure to find at least one nearby. It’s all thanks to the folks behind Smithsonian magazine, who are sponsoring the free day.

To find a participating museum, just head to Smithsonian’s website, then either search for a museum you know you want to visit or find one by typing in your zip code or selecting your state. You can also search by interest, like air and space, art or children’s museums. Once you find one you want to visit, just click on it and download your ticket.

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Not sure where to go? Here are just some options:

If you have little ones, you might want to check out the Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, Florida, a hands-on science center designed for children ages 5–12.

Love art? The International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, Texas, might be the place for you! The IMAS permanent collection includes more than 2,000 natural history and geology specimens and 4,500 folk art and textile objects.

If dinosaurs are your thing, you might want to consider the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut, where you can see the world’s first Brontosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon and Deinonychus — the inspiration for the raptors of “Jurassic Park.”

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Can’t make it out for Museum Day? Take a look at these museums that offer virtual tours so you can visit them right from your own home.

Will you be taking part in Museum Day and visiting one near you for free?

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