Have you Heard of the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day?

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Looking for a cool way to check out a local (or not-so-local) museum this fall, for FREE? You must check out Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day and learn how to grab your tickets! Local Mom Melanie shares how this exciting program works and gives us her list of favorite museums too!

Whether you are wanting to stay local for the free event or go exploring a museum away from home, we have all the info you’ll need to participate and make the most of it.

When Smithsonian Museums are mentioned, most of us think of the massive group of museums in Washington D.C. The Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day event helps get the word out about the over 1,000 other Smithsonian museums around the country. Starting August 15th, you’ll be able to register for a ticket that will get you and one guest into a museum for free on September 21st. The tickets are one per email address and there is an allotted amount of tickets available for each location. That means doing some homework could pay off.

Did you know we actually have two Smithsonian affiliated museums right here in the Upstate?

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Museums in the Upstate

Upcountry History Museum

The Upcountry History Museum in downtown Greenville is a Kidding Around Greenville favorite! This museum has a monthly free night called “Neighborhood Nights” if you’re unable to make it for this event.

Carolina Music Museum

The Carolina Music Museum (soon to be the Sigal Music Museum) in Greenville is a museum representing music across the United States & the Western world.

Spartanburg Art Museum

The Spartanburg Art Museum also offers family programming on the second Sunday of every month from September – April. Free admission (donations accepted)

Since both of our Upstate locations offer other regular opportunities to enjoy free admission, my family is going to use this event as an opportunity to go explore a museum away from home. There are several groups of affiliated museums clustered together, some with little to no admission fee on a regular basis. We’ve grouped together locations that are under 2 1/2 hours away, and provided info for you to make the most of the drive. Locations that are noted as kid-friendly are based on information and reviews on yelp. Every child is different, so please use this info bearing that in mind.

The Charlotte Area

President James K Polk State Historic Site

12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville, NC
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

420 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

The Catawba Area

Murray’s Mill Historic Site

1489 Murray’s Mill Road, Catawba, NC
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

The Asheville Area

Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center

223 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Kid Friendly

Asheville Museum of Science

43 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Kid Friendly


The Atlanta area

David J Sencer CDC Museum

1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Kid Friendly

Marietta Heritage Passport Locations

These museums in Marietta are part of a ticket package that can be purchased called the Heritage Passport.

Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum

472 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

William Root House, Museum & Garden

80 N. Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA
Saturday 11 am – 4:30 pm
Kid Friendly

Marietta Museum of History

1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Kid Friendly

Roswell Trilogy Tour Locations

These museums in Roswell are part of a ticket package that can be purchased called the Trilogy Tour.

Barrington Hall

535 Barrington Drive, Roswell, GA
Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
Kid Friendly

Bulloch Hall

180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell, GA
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
Kid Friendly

Our family plans to make a day of fun in Atlanta out of the event. We also plan to try and visit some of the other museums over the next few months, now that we know they are there!

Visit The Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day for more information about the evens and all of the locations mentioned above.

Where does your family plan on visiting for this event?

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures! She enjoys sharing her finds with friends and loves even more that she can share them with Kidding Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom

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