Visit a free museum with your family during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Looking for a cool way to visit a local (or not so local) museum for FREE this year? You must check out Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day on Saturday, September 18, 2021, and learn how to collect your tickets!

This program offers families a great way to explore local (and less local) museums! So let’s see which one you’d like to pick for this year’s Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day.

Free visit to a Smithsonian-affiliated museum

Whether you want to stay local for the free event or explore a museum away from home, we’ve got all the information you’ll need to participate and get the most out of it.

When the Smithsonian Museums are mentioned, most of us think of the massive Washington DC cluster of museums. Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day event helps publicize the more than 1,000 other Smithsonian museums across the country. From now on, you will be able to sign up for a ticket that will allow you, along with a guest, to enter a museum for free on April 4. Tickets are one per email address, and there is an allocated number of tickets available for each location. This means that doing homework could pay off.

Did you know that we actually have several Smithsonian-affiliated museums here in the upstate?

Please check each museum’s websites for Covid-19 protocols, as requirements vary by location.

Treasure at the Upcountry History Museum

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participating Locations in Greenville and Spartanburg, SC

Hinterland History Museum

Spartanburg Art Museum

Take a day trip on Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day

Since two of our sites in the upstate offer other regular opportunities to take advantage of free admission, my family will take this event to explore a museum away from home.

There are several groups of affiliated museums grouped together, some with little or no regular admission fees. We’ve grouped the locations together within three hours and provided some information to help you get the most out of the ride.

We have marked the locations that we think are suitable for children based on the content they present. Every child is different, so please use this information, keeping this in mind.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participating Locations in South Carolina

Lexington County Museum

Berkley County Museum

  • 9 am – 4 pm | Get your free tickets to the Berkley County Museum
  • The Berkeley County Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the past on fossils and remains of prehistoric animals and plants, the Native American settlement, the swamp fox and the county’s role in the War of Independence, little David , African-American history, the development of the Lakes and the Santee Cooper project, piracy in colonial America, and more!
  • Welcomes children

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

All participating Smithsonian Museum sites in South Carolina can be found here

Locations participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day in North Carolina

Charlotte UNC Botanical Gardens

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

All participating Smithsonian Museum of North Carolina locations can be found here

Locations participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day in Georgia

Check out The Kidding Around Guide to Travel in Georgia, if you are planning on taking a trip to one of these museums.

Georgia Art Museum

Marietta Museum Gone with the Wind

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

Ty Cobb Museum

William Root House, Museum and Garden

Woodland garden

All participating Georgia Smithsonian Museum locations can be found here

Locations participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day in Tennessee

In 2021, all participating museums are outside the range that we include (within three hours)

All participating Smithsonian Museum of Tennese locations can be found here

COVID-19 Precautions and Other Smithsonian Magazine Museums Day 2021 FAQs

With many public spaces closed for a year or more, Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after lengthy closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return and resurgence of our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest way possible. Although tickets are free, participating museums will have security measures in place for this year’s event so that guests can enjoy their experience safely and comfortably.

Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors – it acts as a stepping stone to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, especially school-aged children and children. under-represented communities.

Until September 15, 2021, Quaker will be running a Back to School Instant Giveaway program in which participants will have the chance to win one of one hundred Smithsonian Science kits per day.
Quaker will also be hosting an Instant Grand Prize in which five adults will each win a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum and a private question-and-answer session with a museum educator for up to 35 participants. For more information and official giveaway rules, please visit

The former Smithsonian Magazine museum day venues (not participating this year) but still worth a visit

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