For the vast majority of museums and visitors, Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day is a great opportunity: Museums get exposure, and visitors get free admission to a thousand or so museums throughout America. For the Buffalo Bill Center of the West? It’s a case of good news/bad news. The irony is that periodically Museum Day takes place on the Saturday—this year, September 26—which coincides with the Center’s busiest day of the year: Patrons Ball.
“As a Smithsonian Affiliate, we’re honored to participate in Museum Day,” Marguerite House, Acting Director of Public Relations says. “But for us and for our visitors, it’s a bit problematic. Still, we definitely encourage people with Museum Day passes to join us that day even though they may have to dodge ladders, hear the band tuning up, circumvent the cases of china, or be enlisted in flower arranging for the evening’s festivities!”
Museum Day Live! is inclusive by design, and fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. This is the day when the Center grants free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. In 2014, the event drew more than 400,000 participants in museums across the country, and organizers expect to attract more museum goers than ever before.
“Our goal is to consistently provide a quality experience for our visitors; September 26 makes this a challenge,” House observes. “However, with a thousand museums participating, there had to be one for whom Museum Day didn’t quite fit the schedule. It looks like this year it’s us.”
To receive the free 11th Annual Museum Day Live! ticket for two people only, register for an account at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Once registered, request a non-transferable ticket to one participating venue. The ticket is available to download immediately up to the date of the event. Participants must print their tickets and present them to receive free admission; the tickets can also be accessible on one’s mobile device.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.