2021 Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Museum Day is an annual day of free admission at select museums across the country. This year, Museum Day will be celebrated on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

What is Smithsonian Museum Day? 

For one day only, participating museums across the United States will channel the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities (which offer free admission every day) and open their doors for FREE to those who download a Museum Day ticket. 

How do I get tickets? 

Tickets are free and available online for download. Participants can download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 18, 2021, for two people. Additional guests are required to pay full admission (prices dependent on museum). Tickets can be printed or shown on a smartphone.

Which Indiana museums are participating in Smithsonian Museum Day?

Indianapolis area

Conner Prairie

13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers

At Conner Prairie, visitors are inspired to ask questions about Indiana’s past and the world around you. Their unique setting offers generations of families a place to come together and connect with history, science, nature, art and most importantly, one another. Experience a variety of outdoor areas, indoor exhibits and acres of natural exploration. Learn about their new Treetop Outpost.

Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie

Rhythm! Discovery Center

110 W. Washington St, Indianapolis

The world’s foremost percussion museum providing innovative programs; interactive, standards-based educational exhibits; and artist performances. Walking through the visually captivating exhibit rooms and performance venue, guests are invited to fulfill their dreams of being a percussionist.

Rhythm1 Discovery Center Kitchen Sink exhibit Indys Child
Rhythm! Discovery Center

Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections

111 East Main Street, Carmel

The Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel, Indiana is one of only five museums in the country devoted to the art of scale miniatures. Our permanent collection is housed in seven rooms and comprises 30 fully-furnished houses, 50 room settings and collections that range from dolls to slide rules to antique linens.

Related Article: 8 Unique Indianapolis Museums to Visit With Your Family

Indiana Historical Society

450 W Ohio St, Indianapolis

he Indiana Historical Society is one of the United States’ oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as “Indiana’s Storyteller”.

NCAA Hall of Champions

700 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis

The NCAA Hall of Champions boasts two-levels of interactive exhibits to engage visitors and create a true-to-life understanding of what it takes to make the grade. Arena, on the first level, has all 24 NCAA sports represented and includes a novice to historian trivia challenge, current team rankings, video highlights, and artifacts donated from colleges around the nation

Eiteljorg Museum

500 W Washington St, Indianapolis

Explore the art, history and cultures of the West and Native America at the Eiteljorg Museum. Celebrating 30 years of telling amazing stories, the Eiteljorg Museum contains some of the most renowned collections of Native American and Western art and objects in the world, and offers can’t-miss special exhibitions and dynamic programming for guests of all ages.

Front of museum 2013 Jessica Strickland Photography
Eiteljorg Museum

Other Museums Located In Indiana Participating in Smithsonian Museum Day:

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

1600 Wayne Street, Auburn

The Museum inhabits the former Auburn Automobile Company’s international headquarters building, a place where history was made over 75 years ago. MSNBC News named the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum one of the “Top Ten Gearhead Destinations in the United States.”

Related Article: The Ultimate Guide to Children’s Museums 2 Hours from Indianapolis

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

1532 S 3rd St, Terre Haute

CANDLES is an acronym for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors. Through the lens of the Holocaust, visitors of all ages can learn about the consequences of choices, the importance of never giving up, the dangers of prejudice, and the need for genocide prevention today.

Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County

222 S Washington Street, Crawfordsville

Located in Indiana’s first Carnegie Library, the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County is an interdisciplinary museum of history, science and art. 

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 S.E. Riverside Drive, Evansville

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science maintains a permanent collection of fine art, decorative arts, historic documents and photographs, anthropological and natural history artifacts, and features Southern Indiana transportation artifacts from the late-19th through the mid-20th centuries.

General Lew Wallace Study & Museum

200 Wallace Ave., Crawfordsville

The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum celebrates the life and legacy of Civil War General Lew Wallace, author of best-selling religious novel Ben-Hur, territorial governor of New Mexico, and US Minister to the Ottoman Empire.

Montgomery County Historical Society at Lane Place

212 S. Water St, Crawfordsville

The Montgomery County Historical Society is housed in Lane Place, the home of Senator Henry S. Lane and his wife, Joanna. They built the home in 1845 and 95 percent of the artifacts in the home belonged to the Lanes

Studebaker National Museum

201 Chapin St., South Bend

The Studebaker National Museum honors and perpetuates the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, conservation and preservation of Studebaker vehicles, archives and other objects. The Museum is intended to be a fitting memorial to men and women of our community whose vision, creativity and energy built the products that are today our industrial manufacturing heritage.

The Museum at Lassen’s Resort

7408 Constitution Avenue, Cedar Lake

Unwind and discover The Museum at Lassen’s Resort, operated by the Cedar Lake Historical Association, on the shores of Cedar Lake, Indiana. The 1920’s come alive on the lake when you explore how Cedar Lake enriched a region and touched lives around the world in the brand new Story of Cedar Lake exhibit.

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