Two local opportunities for free museum admissions are coming to Austin in September. The Austin Museum Partnership holds its Austin Museum Day on Sunday, Sept. 18. Smithsonian Magazine holds its Museum Day Live! event on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Austin Museum Day opens more than 35 area museums with free admission, guided tours, hands-on activities and more. Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! involves participating museums across the U.S. and offers free admission to those holding a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Last year, nearly 30,000 area residents visited their community museums on Austin Museum Day.

“Austin Museum Day has become a treasured and much anticipated ‘day of discovery’ when residents and visitors can seek out not only our flagship institutions, but also smaller hidden gems,” says Lani Gonzalez, co-chair of the Austin Museum Partnership. “We hope that a positive Museum Day experience will plant the seed for return visits.”

For a list of participating Austin Museum Day organizations, visit

To download a ticket and get more information about Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live!, visit smithsonianmag. com/museumday. The downloaded ticket is good for the ticket holder and one guest to receive free admission to one museum. Local participating museums include the Neill-Cochran House Museum and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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