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Chicago-Area Museums Participate in Smithsonian Event, Offer Free Admission

There are at least 37 participating museums in Illinois

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    Chicago-Area Museums Participate in Smithsonian Event, Offer Free Admission
    Eric Allix Rogers

    Chicago-area museums are among more than 1,500 museums nationwide offering free admission on Saturday through the Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! event.

    Smithsonian magazine will sponsor the 10th annual event this year in honor of Smithsonian museums, which already offer free admission to visitors every day. Participating museums will open their doors free of charge to all guests who register online in advance for tickets.

    Smithsonian-affiliated museums and cultural centers throughout all 50 states will participate in this year’s occasion, including Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and at least 12 other museums in the city. There are at least 37 participating museums in Illinois.

    The event expects record-high participation this year.

    Guests must register online for a downloadable ticket, good for two guests per household. People may only download a ticket for one museum. To find a nearby museum visit the Smithsonian Museum Day Live! web page.

    Besides free admission to the museums, those who attend will also get a one-year digital subscription to Smithsonian magazine.