In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.
- Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day Live! Website.
- One ticket per household, for two people.
- A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.
- If museum reaches capacity, museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.
There are over 10 museums in the Dallas Fort Worth area that you can visit for F-R-E-E. Listed below are some of your options:
Texas Discovery Gardens: Texas Discovery Gardens is a 7.5-acre organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders. An indoor tropical butterfly house, the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, features hundreds of free-flying butterflies from around the world.
Texas Civil War Museum: Largest Civil War Museum west of the Mississippi. One story, 15,000 feet, free parking. Houses the largest private collection of Civil War Military. Houses the largest public collection of Texas Confederate artifacts and flags. Also, houses a outstanding Victorian Era Women and Children dress collection. Movie: “Our Homes, Our Rights–Texas in the Civil War” Gift shop. Allow 2 hours for visit.
Sid Richardson Museum: One of the finest and most focused collections of Western art in America, the Museum features paintings by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and other artists. The works, reflecting the American West, are from the collection of legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist, Sid W. Richardson.
River Legacy Living Science Center: River Legacy Living Science Center is a 12,000-square-foot nature center that serves as the gateway to the 1,300-acre River Legacy Parks. The center offers environmental education programs, interactive exhibits, aquariums, terrariums, self-exploration stations, a gift shop and more.
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum: Tells the story of the “forgotten cowboys” of American history by acknowledging the diverse group of minority individuals that have contributed to the western culture and tradition of the American West. We hope that our visitors will leave with the awareness that today’s West came into being through the struggles and triumphs of diversity.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trail blazing efforts. Since it was established in 1975, the Museum has become an invaluable educational resource nationally known for its exhibits, research library, rare photography collection, gift shop and the honorees in its Hall of Fame.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: Designed by the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando, this striking building is composed of 5 pavilions of concrete and glass arranged around a 1.5 acre reflecting pond. The Modern collects and exhibits significant works of modern and contemporary international art.
Log Cabin Village: Nestled on three acres in historic Forest Park, Log Cabin Village consists of nine historic structures dating back to the mid-1800s. Texas history comes to life through the authentic log homes and artifacts, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, smokehouse, water powered gristmill and herb garden.
International Museum of Cultures: The International Museum of Cultures is a unique cultural anthropology museum, located in Southwest Dallas, that features contemporary people from around the world. A virtual tour is offered via website based program accompanied with curriculum for each grade level. International Discovery Boxes, subject specific, are available to travel.
Heritage Farmstead Museum: Turn-of-the-century farming on the Blackland Prairies of North Texas is captured in this interpretive museum of agricultural history. The Heritage Farmstead Museum features a four-acre complex with farm animals, gardens, a windmill, and an 1891 Victorian farmhouse with 12 original outbuildings.
Heard National Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary: The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural science education center, uniquely set on a 289-acre sanctuary preserved in McKinney, Texas. The Heard is dedicated to demonstrating the extraordinary importance of protecting the environment and natural habitats through education and by example.
Frontiers of Flight Museum: The Frontiers of Flight Museum presents interactive and engaging exhibits chronicling over five centuries of the history and technology of aviation and space travel. A wealth of structured programs and informal activities for all ages validates the Museum’s value to the community as a significant educational resource.
Dallas Holocaust Museum: This gem in the Historic West End of downtown Dallas presents the Holocaust in the contest of three events that happened on a single day during the Holocaust, illustrating the power of the Upstander vs. the bystander.
To view all museums located in Texas that are participating in Museum Day Live, visit their official site here.