Get Your FREE 2017 Museum Day Tickets

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In 2017, Smithsonian Museum Day is Saturday, September 23rd. On this day, visitors can get two free tickets to participating museums. Tickets are available while supplies last starting August 25th through the Smithsonian website. Minnesota always has several participating museum (not always the same museums). Some of these museums are cheap year round and many require a road trip. Each year, we lay them all out for you here, listing the museum and its address, an approximate drive-time from the Twin Cities, and the prices you would pay any other day.

2017 Museum Day Participants

Bell Museum of Natural HistoryBell Museum of Natural History - 2017 Museum Day Participant?
Please Note!: If this museum is still listed, it is incorrect. Bell Museum is closed in 2017 and you will have wasted your free tickets. They reopen in 2018, so definitely check back next year.

Center for Hmong Studies

1245 Carroll Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104
In St. Paul
Usual Admission:
Free Everyday

Hennepin History Museum

Hennepin History Museum - 2017 Museum Day Participant2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Usual Admission:
Adults $5.00
Seniors/Students: $3.00
Children under 3: FREE
Note: This is a small museum and a good choice if you just want a short visit. If you are looking for a full day out, you may want to pair it with the nearby Minneapolis Institute of Art (always free).

Hillstrom - 2017 Museum Day ParticipantHillstrom Museum of Art
800 West College Avenue, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN, 56082
1 hour 13 minute drive from the Twin Cities
Usual Admission:
Free Everyday

2017 Museum Day ParticipantMinnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska, MN 55318
Metro Suburb – 30 minutes from Minneapolis/ 45 minutes from St. Paul
Usual Admission:
Visitors 13+ $12.00
Under 12/UM Students: FREE
Note: This may be my top pick for 2017. There are a lot of family activities scheduled for this day. The tree house exhibit is still going, the Scarecrow Village will have just gone up, and there will be a water table for the 5 and under crowd.

Camp Ripley, 15000 Highway 115, Little Falls, MN 563455|
1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN 55060
1 hour from the Twin Cities
Usual Admission:
Adult Admission: $5.00
Children 7 – 16: $3.00
Children under 6: FREE




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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.


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