The Maine State Museum in Augusta will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 21, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of culture and learning. To be admitted for free, participants need only visit, download a free ticket for two people, and present it at the Maine State Museum. On that day, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Smithsonian magazine’s involvement and support are in recognition of “the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration.” Museum Day represents “a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge.” More than 250,000 people downloaded tickets for Museum Day in 2018. More than 1,500 museums nationwide are expected to participate this year.

Visitors who present the Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating museums and cultural institutions for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per e-mail address. For additional information about the Maine State Museum’s exhibits and programs, visit