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 24—which coincides with the Center’s busiest day of the year: Patrons Ball.
“As the only Smithsonian Affiliate in Wyoming, we’re honored to participate in Museum Day,” Marguerite House, Media Coordinator says. “It’s a bit hectic, that’s all. Nevertheless, we definitely encourage people with Museum Day passes to join us on the 24th; just be prepared 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 smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016. The event draws several hundred thousand participants in museums across the country, and this year, organizers expect a record turnout.
“Our goal is to consistently provide a quality experience for our visitors; September 24 makes this a challenge,” House explains. “However, with eleven hundred 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 12th Annual Museum Day Live! ticket for two people only, register for an account at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Once registered, you can request a non-transferable ticket to one participating venue. The ticket will be available to download immediately up to the date of the event. You must print your ticket and present it to receive your free admission, or have it accessible on your mobile device.
Stay informed on all the Center’s activities at centerofthewest.org.
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.