This Saturday, Sept. 29, is Museum Daywhen hundreds of museums across the country open their doors and let you visit for free.
You do need to sign up for your free tickets on the Museum Day website (each ticket is good for admission for two people). Tickets will be emailed to you; print them and take with you to the place you visit on Museum Day.
A few I like for the history-minded:
- Here in Ohio, the 10-acre Fort Meigs, Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield in Perrysburg, gives you a look inside the Buckeye State’s role in the War of 1812.
- If an ancestor worked for the railroad, try the Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel and Museum in Tunnel Hill, Ga., where you can tour the South’s oldest railroad tunnel, a museum and the 1848 Clisby Austin house.
- Out West in Nevada, you can step into your Silver State ancestors’ shoes at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, which features American Indian artifacts, fossils, a recreated ghost town and underground mine, and more.
- At the Western Heritage Center in Billings, Mont., you can see special exhibits on Montana Women at Work and how the railroad shaped Billings. One of the museum’s galleries replicates a 1930s dude ranch lodge.
- Among the many historic sites in Vermont is Burlington’s Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, where the home of the Green Mountain Boys’ leader has been restored.
- If you’re lucky enough to be in Washington, DC, participating museums include the National Archives Experience, Newseum and National Building Museum.