Soak up some free culture at dozens of museums across Philly region for Museum Day

Kim Glovas
September 20, 2019 - 4:00 am
Independence Seaport Museum

Courtesy of Independence Seaport Museum

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Museum lovers can take full advantage of history, culture and art on Saturday — all for free.

The 15th annual Museum Day, hosted by Smithsonian magazine, provides visitors with free admission to dozens of museums across the country.

The Independence Seaport Museum is just one of the many free options in Philadelphia. Alexis Furlong, marketing director at the museum, said roughly 200 people frequent the institution on a usual weekend. But on a Smithsonian Museum Day, that number triples. 

"The Smithsonian program is a great way for museums across the country to show solidarity and open our doors to serve our community," she said.

The Seaport Museum has a lot to offer this weekend, too, from its "Patriots & Pirates" exhibit to a rowing event linking the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, called Walnut2Walnut.

"They get to see some really neat sites along the way," added Furlong. "We go past Bartram's Gardens, we go past the Three Sisters Shipwreck, and you just kind of enjoy the river from an on-water perspective as opposed to always seeing it from land."

Other participating museums in Philadelphia include the African American Museum, American Swedish Historical Museum, Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, Institute of Contemporary Art, National Museum of American Jewish History, Penn Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Academy of Natural Sciences, The Print Center, and Woodmere Art Museum.

But Museum Day isn't just for venues in the city.

From the Fonthill Castle in Doylestown to the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington and back to the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, there's something for everyone.

Nationwide, more than 1,600 museums are participating in the day, and 69 of them are in Pennsylvania.

Admission is free, but visitors need a ticket to enter the museums, which can be downloaded at smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Participants can download one free ticket per email address.