Freebie Alert: Smithsonian Museums Are Free
Often when I am traveling I have a list of things to do. I have an idea where I am going to eat; the things that I am going to see; where I am going to go. I know how much they cost and generally when I am going. Usually I have a hole where I am looking for something else to do and I don’t want to bust my Budget. That is when I look for “Free Things” to do! For my Friends with Children you know exactly what I am talking about because $20 becomes $100 with 2 kids by the time you pay for 4 adults or even 2 adults and 2 kids and add in Parking you have spent about $100 before anyone has eaten! So here is “Something for Free!”
Did you know the Smithsonian Museums is Free?
The Smithsonian Museums are Free! Yes that includes the new African American History and Culture Museum. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex and includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.
There are 17 Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC, plus the National Zoological Park and 2 additional Smithsonian Museums in New York City. The Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free and open every day, with the exception of Christmas day.
Because the Smithsonian is federally funded, all the museums that fall under the umbrella have free admission. This is true for Smithsonian exhibits that are held outside the Smithsonian as well. Smithsonian exhibitions and events can be found in the S. Dillon Ripley Center on the National Mall, Julia Child’s kitchen outside Washington D.C., the Museum of the American Indian and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.
These museums are genuine American treasures. Please check the official website for hours of operation: https://www.si.edu/Visit/Hours
List of Smithsonian Museums and Zoological Parks:
D.C. Metro Area
African American History and
African Art Museum
Air and Space Museum
Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
American Art Museum
American History Museum
American Indian Museum
Anacostia Community Museum
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Freer Gallery of Art
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Natural History Museum
Smithsonian Institution Building,
Arts and Industries Building
New York City
American Indian Museum Heye Center
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum