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Enjoy free admission to these New England museums in September

Smithsonian Magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day takes place Sept. 17.

The Fruitlands Museum in Harvard. The Fruitlands Museum

Several New England museums will once again offer free admission on a single day in September, thanks to Smithsonian Magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day.

The event takes place on Sept. 17 and will bring free admission to museums nationwide. This year’s theme is “The American Experience.”

“We are so thrilled to be able to bring Museum Day to the public for the 18th year and to once again be able to highlight many of the museums and cultural institutions that make America so special,” said Amy Wilkins, chief revenue officer at Smithsonian Media, in a statement.


Guests can download tickets on the Smithsonian Magazine website beginning on Aug. 15. Each ticket allows the ticket holder plus one guest into the museum for free. One ticket is permitted per email address.

This year’s free museum day is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Here is a list of participating New England museums so far. It’s a good idea to check the list of participating museums for the most up-to-date participants, as organizers say more museums will be added to the list.


Armenian Museum of America in Watertown
Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College in Amherst
Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Wellesley
Fruitlands Museum in Harvard
Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum in North Chatham
Museum of Family Prayer in Easton
Nichols House Museum in Boston
Springfield Museums in Springfield
The Gardner Museum in Gardner
William Hickling Prescott House in Boston

New Hampshire:

Albacore Park Submarine and Museum in Portsmouth
New Hampshire Telephone Museum in Warner
Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro

Rhode Island:

Babcock-Smith House Museum in Westerly
International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport
John Brown House Museum in Providence
Lippett House Museum in Providence
Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket
Tomaquag Museum in Exeter


American Precision Museum in Windsor



Danbury Railway Museum in Danbury
Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme
Henry Whitfield State Museum in Guilford
KidsPlay Children’s Museum,Inc. in Torrington
Prudence Crandall Museum in Canterbury
The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol

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