Smithsonian Magazine Annual Museum Day

Each September, museums all across the country open their doors for FREE allowing everyone to experience the beauty, wonder and intrigue they have to offer. The Smithsonian Magazine Annual Museum Day is a way for other museums to “emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian’s Institute in Washington D.C.” which offers free admission all year long. This year’s event will take place on September 22 with more than 1300 museums expected to participate across all 50 states!

At Mommy University, we believe visiting a museum is an important experience for all ages but especially for children. It sparks curiosity and the imagination, expands knowledge and understanding and, most importantly, allows visitors to see the world beyond their front door. Museums also bring people together and teaches us about equality, acceptance and inclusion.

Exploring Children's Museum of Manhattan


This year, the theme of Museum Day is “Women Making History” to honor innovative women who are trailblazers in the areas of art, science and culture. Amy Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer at Smithsonian Media stated, “Given the strides women are making in society, our theme – Women Making History – encourages participating museums and museum goers alike, to celebrate and honor the female heroines that help shape the world around us.”

Individuals of all ages are invited to participate in Museum Day; however, tickets must be obtained in advance. Beginning on August 15, guests must visit to download a ticket. Each ticket is good for one person and allows for FREE access to the museum. One ticket is allowed per email address. You can find a list of museums at

A Review of the NJ State Museum

NJ State Museum


Here is a list of participating NJ museums:

  • American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark
  • Cornelius Low House
  • Cranberry and Blueberry Museum at Whitesbog
  • Dey Mansion
  • East Jersey Old Town Village
  • Historic Smithville Mansion
  • Historical Society of Princeton
  • Hunterdon Art Museum
  • Liberty Hall Museum
  • MCHA (various locations)
  • Monmouth County Historical Association
  • Morris Museum
  • Museum of Early Trades and Crafts
  • Newark Museum
  • New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium
  • Old Barracks Museum
  • The Sarnoff Collection

Here are a few just outside NJ:

  • Academy of Natural Sciences – Philadelphia
  • Woodmere Art Museum – Philadelphia
  • Penn Museum – Philadelphia
  • Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania – Strasburg, PA
  • Fonthill Castle – Doylestown, PA
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum – NYC
  • Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor – NY
  • American Folk Art Museum – NYC
  • Asia Society and Museum – NYC
  • New York City Fire Museum – NYC
Dinosaur Hall at Academy of Natural Sciences

Dinosaur Hall at Academy of Natural Sciences

Which museum will you visit?

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