Smithsonian cancels Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine moved its annual Museum Day to April 4 to correspond with Earth Day and has canceled the nation-wide event over coronavirus concerns. 

“As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3,” the organizers said in an official statement. “We appreciate your understanding.”

Chicago had 19 museums participating this year, with the theme: The Earth. 

Each year for the last 16, the Smithsonian has hosted a day of free admission to participating museums across the country, allowing visitors a chance to see works of art and exhibitions for free. Typically Museum Day has taken place in September.

Many museums in Chicagoland host free admission days to city or Illinois residents. Find that list of dates here. Because of coronavirus concerns, verify dates with the museums before you go.


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This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Chicago Parent and has been updated with the most recent information.

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