The 2021 Smithsonian Museum Day is is September 18th. Minnesota has always had several participating museum (not always the same museums). This year there are only 4 Minnesota museums signed up to participate. This is a small fraction of the usual number, but there may be more last-minute participants. It never hurts to check the Smithsonian Magazine website.
The big Question. Is Museum Day Really A Good Deal?
In a lot of cases, no. Many participating museums are free or cheap year round and may require a road trip. In those cases, you may be happier visiting on a more convenient day. However, for other participants, Smithsonian’s Museum Day may be the only chance to see that museum for free. (Note that in 2021 you only get ONE free ticket per email address, you may still end up paying for some family members*). We list participating Minnesota museums here, including the address, an approximate drive-time from the Twin Cities, and the prices you would pay any other day.
Best Twin Cities Deals:
All three participating Twin Cities museums would be a good deal to take advantage of this year. All three usually have an admission fee and all offer a look at a culture with a good sized Twin Cities population. Grab your ticket fast if either of these are your choice.
Best Road-Trip Deal
There is only one museum participating outside the Twin Cities this year – The Hillstrom Museum of Art in Saint Peter. It is FREE everyday.
Finally, If you don’t see the museum you want to visit on this list, check the Museum Day page linked above and below, because sometimes there are last-minute additions and sometimes museums even get removed from the list.
2021 Minnesota Museum Day Participants:
1 Saint Paul Museum:
375 University Avenue #204, St. Paul
Usual Admission: $5 person
2 Minneapolis Museums:
5500 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis
Usual Admission: Adults: $13, Seniors 65+: $11, Students: $5, Children 0-13: Free
2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis
Usual Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors 62+: $8, Students Ag 6-18: $6, Children 0-5: Free
1 Museum Day Road Trip:
800 West College Avenue, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN, 56082
1 hour 15 minute drive from the Twin Cities
Usual Admission: Free Every Day
More Free and Cheap Museum Ideas
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*Thank you to our reader, Cole, for catching the change in ticket policies this year.