Museum Day coming to San Diego

September 7, 2018 by  

This month includes Museum Day, a nationwide event during which almost 1,400 museums everywhere open their doors to the public free of charge. More than a dozen of these museums are in San Diego and San Diego County.

Smithsonian Magazine sponsors the event, which is now in its 14th year. The Smithsonian does not charge entry fees to most of its museums, and encourages other institutions to do the same, at least for one day. The theme of the event this year is ‘Women Making History’, which recognizes females who have made a difference in innovation, sciences, culture and the arts.

Museums in and near San Diego that are taking part include the Museum of Contemporary Art, located in downtown San Diego; Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music; El Cajon’s Heritage of the Americas Museum; the EcoVivarium, located in Escondido; the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, which is located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarters; and Oceanside’s California Surf Museum. Institutions that participate in special events such as this could consider distributing promotional pens to visitors, to welcome them and encourage them to return.

Free tickets are available from the Smithsonian website. All users need to do is locate the name of the museum they would like to visit, click on the button marked ‘Get a Ticket’, then enter their name and email address in order to download the ticket

Museum Day in 2018 is set for Saturday, September 22.