Smithsonian Brings Free Museum Day to Dallas

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Christine Nicholson

    Museum-enthusiasts rejoice: Saturday, Sept. 24 officially marks Museum Day in Dallas.

    Spear-headed by Smithsonian Magazine, the seventh annual event calls for museums across the nation to emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institute's Washington, D.C.-based facilities by opening their doors free of charge to anyone with a Museum Day Ticket, found here.

    Mayor Mike Rawlings held a press conference Friday at the Women's Museum to issue the official proclamation of the special day in Dallas. He's urging the citizens of Dallas to participate in a day of knowledge and tradition.

    “Dallas is a city with great museums and our young people need to experience them,” said Mayor Rawlings. “This exposes them to cultural environments they won’t experience day to day and will give them a true world view.”

    Since its inception in 2005, the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day has experienced exponential growth, and plans to outdo the 2010 event in participation and public attendance. Last year, 227,747 tickets were downloaded -- good for admission of two people to the museum. Over 1,300 venues in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico took part in the event.

    This year, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is participating in the event to encourage museum visitors to make donations to the breast cancer organization.

    Dallas museum participants include the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Frontiers of Flight Museum, International Museum of Cultures, Nasher Sculpture Center, Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, and The Women's Museum.

    To download a ticket and for a complete list of participating museums in the area, visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. The Museum Day Ticket will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.