Six Tacoma-area museums will open their doors for free this Saturday as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live, a national event that encourages Americans to visit museums by offering free downloadable entry tickets to institutions across the country.
Local museums participating in Museum Day Live include Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, the Washington State History Museum, the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum and Historic Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood. The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is also participating, but is usually a pay-what-you-can venue.
At Fort Nisqually, the event coincides with the final day of the museum’s Crafts of the Past series, which offers live demonstrations of traditional garden crafts like wattle fences and cloches. Exhibits on view at the Museum of Glass include the 20th anniversary show of Hilltop Artists; and at Tacoma Art Museum visitors can see print art, Northwest art and Matika Wilbur’s “Project 562” photography show.
From the press release: “(Museum Day Live) represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C.”
More than 400,000 people visited museums during last year’s event.
To participate, visitors can download a ticket at smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. One ticket allows entry for two at one venue; only one ticket is permitted per email address/household. For more information about the day and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit smithsonian.com/museumday/venues.