It’s back, it’s back! We are so excited to share with you that Smithsonian magazine has announced the return of Museum Day on September 17, 2022. That means you can grab your free Museum Day tickets, right now!
What is Museum Day?
Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.
This includes 2 museums across the state of Nevada as well as almost 750 zoos and cultural centers across the United States.
Museums in Nevada Participating
This year you’ll get access to visit one of these museums across the state of Nevada.
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Science.
Open to the public, we offer digital planetarium shows in our dome theater, field trips and educational outreach in Earth and space science, and telescope sessions for small groups.
Built-in 1963 and originally called the “Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium,” we were the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies.
National Atomic Testing Museum
Location: 755 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM) is a national science, history and educational institution that tells the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site. The Museum uses lessons of the past and present to better understand the extent and effect of nuclear testing on worldwide nuclear deterrence and geo-political history.
It provides collection-based exhibits and learning activities for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. Its collections and activities are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds and knowledge.
How to Secure Free Museum Day Tickets
Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a free Museum Day ticket.
Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 17, 2022, for two people.
Bank of America customers can get FREE Museum visits the first Saturday and Sunday of each month through the bank’s Museums On Us program.
Just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and a photo ID, and you will get free admission to more than 200 museums and cultural attractions, across more than 120 cities in 35 states across the United States.
Discover & Go is a network of libraries and cultural institutions that allows library cardholders to access dozens of Northern Nevada and California museums, science centers, theatres, zoos, and other cultural attractions.
Four local institutions currently offer passes to Washoe County Library cardholders:
Nevada Museum of Art
The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum)
National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)
Northern California attractions include the DeYoung Museum, the Legion of Honor Museum, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and the Crocker Art Museum.
The Museum’s annual “Kefauver Day” celebration and anniversary on Valentine’s Day—both free admission days for locals—draw thousands of excited locals to the Museum each year.
Museums in Nevada NOT Participating in 2022
Burlesque Hall of Fame
Location: 1027 S Main St.,Suite #110, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Hours: 11:00am – 5:00pm
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the world’s premier organization dedicated to preserving the living legacy of burlesque as an art form and cultural phenomenon.
With a collection of several thousand costumes, stage props, photographs, and personal effects documenting the careers and lives of burlesque dancers, comics, and producers over nearly a century, the museum is a growing testament to the power and social impact of the art of the tease.
National Automobile Museum
Location: 10 S. Lake Street, Reno, NV 89501
Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm
One of America’s Top 10 Automobile Museums, the National Automobile Museum showcases more than 220 remarkable automobiles.
It features theatre presentations and audio tours in English and Spanish through 100,000 square-feet of galleries, exhibits and vibrant street scenes and accompanying artifacts that bring displays to life.
Nevada State Museum, Carson City
Location: 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm
The Nevada State Museum in Carson engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage.
Take a trip through time at the Nevada State Museum beginning with the preserved Carson City Mint, a historic architectural treasure that connects visitors to the colorful stories of the state’s Capital and the Comstock Lode mining boom.
The Lost City Museum
Location: 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd, Overton, NV 89040
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm
The Lost City Museum was built in 1935 by the National Park Service to exhibit artifacts that were being excavated from Pueblo Grande de Nevada.
These Ancestral Puebloan sites were being threatened by the waters of Lake Mead as it backed up behind the newly built Hoover Dam. Eventually, when the lake was filled to capacity, about five miles of sites had been inundated or undercut by the water.
Wilbur D. May Museum
Location: 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89503
Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
The May Museum houses thousands of ethnographic artifacts collected by Wilbur D. May during his lifetime of world travel. The collection includes antique firearms, African masks, Japanese swords, Egyptian tomb items, American Western art, and more.
We also host traveling exhibitions, art shows, and other special programs throughout the year.
Looking for other fun things to do around town? Use the search function on our website NVMoms.com and check out other free or cheap things to do in our wonderful state.
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