The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will join participating
museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors
free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day ticket.
Museum Day is a celebration of the free dissemination of knowledge
to anyone, emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian
Institution's Washington, D.C.-based facilities.
With support from CITGO, Museum Day 2011 is poised to be the
largest to date, outdoing last year's record-breaking event. In
2010, a total of 227,747 tickets were downloaded, resulting in more
than 500,000 visits to more than 1,300 venues in all 50 states,
Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. This is the first year the
Lincoln Presidential Museum will participate.
The presidential museum's regular admission fee is $12 for
adults, $9 for senior citizens 62 and up, $9 for students with an
ID, $7 for active-duty military personnel, and $6 for children ages
5-15. Children under 5 are admitted free.
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will also be
participating in Museum Day. The state museum is free every day, so
no tickets are needed. In celebration of the Worldwide Day of Play
on the same day, children ages 10 and under who visit the Play
Museum at the Illinois State Museum will receive a free disc while
The Museum Day ticket is available to download at
www.smithsonian.com/museumday, and a list of participating
museums is available from the website as well. Visitors who present
the official ticket will gain free admission for two people to
participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted
per household, per email address.
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Smithsonian is one of the nation's largest magazines, with a
circulation of more than 2 million and nearly 7 million readers. The
Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research
complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National
Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30
million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is the nation's most
visited presidential facility, and its innovative and immersive
exhibits and shows have been emulated by many new museums across the
globe. It is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New
Year's Day. Visit
www.presidentlincoln.org for more information.
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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