You can get free admission to 100+ New England museums on Sept. 21

More than 40 Massachusetts museums will participate in Smithsonian magazine's annual event.

Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse
Visitors in the exhibition "Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

More than 100 New England museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission on a single day in September during Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day.

The nationwide event, which launched in 2005, has grown from around 200 museums to an expected 1,500 participating museums this year. This year’s theme is “Smithsonian Year of Music,” which means some museums will incorporate music into the day. For example, at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown, guests will listen to live Armenian music in the galleries.

More than 40 Massachusetts spots will take part in this year’s event, from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation in Hyannis to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst.


Those interested must download a ticket, which provides free admission to the ticket holder and one guest. According to Smithsonian magazine, there were 453,520 ticket downloads last year. The museums that require a printed ticket for entry will specify so on the ticket, while others will allow guests to show their ticket via a smartphone or tablet. Only one ticket is permitted per email address.

Ahead, discover the New England museums and cultural institutions currently participating this year. You’ll want to keep your eye on the event website, as more may be added since museums can register through Sept. 18.

EcoTarium in Worcester.


Armenian Museum of America in Watertown
Atwood Museum — Home of the Chatham Historical Society in Chatham
Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College in Amherst
Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit
Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham
Cogswell’s Grant in Essex
Cooper-Frost-Austin House in Cambridge
Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Wellesley
Discovery Museum in Acton
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds in Newton
EcoTarium in Worcester
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston
Falmouth Museums on the Green in Falmouth
Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg
Fruitlands Museum in Harvard
Gibson House Museum in Boston
Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge
Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge
Jackson Homestead and Museum in Newton
John Cabot House in Beverly
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation in Hyannis
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site in Brookline
Marblehead Museum in Marblehead
Mattapoisett Museum in Mattapoisett
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Printing in Haverhill
Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton
New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford
Old Colony History Museum in Taunton
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge
Quincy Homestead in Quincy
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum in New Bedford
Sandwich Glass Museum in Sandwich
Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History in Weston
Springfield Museums in Springfield
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst
The Gardner Museum in Gardner
The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston
USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown
William Hickling Prescott House in Boston
Worcester Historical Museum in Worcester
Yiddish Book Center in Amherst

New Hampshire

Albacore Park Submarine & Museum in Portsmouth
American Independence Museum in Exeter
Aviation Museum of NH in Londonderry
Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield
Horatio Colony House Museum in Keene
Lawrence Lee Scout Museum in Manchester
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord
Millyard Museum in Manchester
New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro Falls
New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord
New Hampshire Telephone Museum in Warner
Seacoast Science Center in Rye
University of New Hampshire Museum of Art in Durham
Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro


The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.

Rhode Island

Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol
Babcock-Smith House Museum in Westerly
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol
Conanicut Island Friends Meetinghouse in Jamestown
Gen. Nathanael Greene Homestead in Coventry
Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol
International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport
Jamestown Museum in Jamestown
Jamestown Windmill in Jamestown
Lippitt House Museum in Providence
Little Compton Historical Society in Little Compton
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Providence
Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket
Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown
Paine House Museum in Coventry
RISD Museum in Providence
Redwood Library & Athenaeum in Newport
Smith’s Castle in North Kingstown
The Bristol Art Museum in Bristol
Tomaquag Museum in Exeter
Warwick Historical Society in Warwick
Westerly Armory in Westerly


Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick
Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland
L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley
Maine Historical Society in Portland
Maine State Museum in Augusta
Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head
Portland Museum of Art in Portland
Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton
Saco Museum in Saco
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum in Brunswick


American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester
American Precision Museum in Windsor
Bennington Battle Monument State Historic Site in Bennington
Bennington Museum in Bennington
Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington
Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury
Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton
Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford
Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell
Old Constitution House State Historic Site in Windsor
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch
President Chester Arthur Historic Site in Fairfield
Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh
Saint Albans Museum in St. Albans
Sullivan Museum and History Center in Northfield
Vermont History Museum in Montpelier


American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol
Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford
Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford
Custom House Maritime Museum in New London
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic
EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown
Fairfield University Art Museum in Fairfield
Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden in Woodbury
Hempsted Houses in New London
Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center in Bristol
Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk
Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London
Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry
New Haven Museum in New Haven
Prudence Crandall Museum in Canterbury
Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich
Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington
The Aldridge Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield
The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol
Yale Center for British Art in New Haven
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven