Wednesday, September 26, 2012 , Updated 7:45 a.m., September 29, 2012
Visit museums in North Texas for free on Saturday
Take your pick of 15 museums.
By Flickr user David Kozlowski
Life is busy, as we at Pegasus well know. But officials at Smithsonian magazine believe everyone should make time to leisurely enjoy a day at the museum. That’s why the publication is giving art lovers across the country an opportunity this weekend to do that very thing, expense-free. Saturday, September 29 is "Museum Day Live!" and it encompasses more than 15 museums in North Texas ranging from history and science to horticulture and fine art.
The idea behind the event is to emulate the Washington D.C.-based Smithsonian Museums, which are always free to the public. Based on 2011 attendance, this idea resonates with Americans beyond Capitol Hill.
“Last year’s event drew over 350,000 people, and we expect this year’s Museum Day Live! to be even larger,” said Jennifer Hicks, group publisher at Smithsonian Media. “We look forward to museum-goers enjoying some of the finest museums and cultural institutions that our country has to offer without having to reach for their wallets.”
Museums are sure to enjoy the traffic. Arts and entertainment have, in many parts of the country, tanked due to the Great Recession and stricter household budgets. Kendal Lake, manager of communications at the participating venue the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, believes there is no better time to bring in families. Though attendance has not dipped here significantly since 2008, she said the Modern has kept cost to entry low and created more programs to enable students to visit.
“Texas is a different economic place, and a lot of museums are free,” Lake said. “I’m hoping families see [museums] as a resource that’s not going to break their bank instead of something they can’t take part in because of the recession.”
To receive a ticket for free admission, go to the Smithsonian website and fill out an application. One Museum Day ticket is redeemable for two people to one museum, so choose carefully from the list below. You can also head over to the map of participating museums to find the one closest to you. Extra activities such as performances or special exhibitions are not covered by the ticket and may cost extra, according to Smithsonian officials. Event times are relative to each museum.
Museum Day Live! allows you to go for free to:
- Irving Arts Center (Irving)
- Frontiers of Flight Museum (Dallas)
- Dallas Holocaust Museum (Dallas)
- Heritage Farmstead Museum (Plano)
- A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (Carrollton)
- Texas Discovery Gardens Museum (Dallas)
- International Museum of Cultures (Dallas)
- Arlington Museum of Art (Arlington)
- River Legacy Living Science Center (Arlington)
- Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary (McKinney)
- National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum (Fort Worth)
- Sid Richardson Museum (Fort Worth)
- National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame (Fort Worth)
- Log Cabin Village (Fort Worth)
- Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Fort Worth)
- Texas Civil War Museum (Fort Worth)