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Museum Day Live!

Local museums offering free admission as part of this nationwide event

Family Fun on free museum day

Museum Day Live! is a nationwide annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Museums across the country open their doors for free for one day. 

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Museum Day Live! tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. 

The following local museums are participating:

The Whaling Museum & Education Center, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

This small but wonderful museum set in the Cold Spring harbor engages the community in exploring the diversity of our whaling heritage and it's impacts to enrich and inform our lives. Offers special events, birthday parties and kids programs.

Time and the Valleys Museum, Grahamsville, NY

Connecting water, people and the Catskills, this museum is a living and interactive resources that preserves the past, educates the present and ensures the uniqueness of the Rondout and Neversink watersheds for the future.

John Burroughs' Slabsides, West Park, NY

This little museum is surrounded by a beautiful 200-acre Nature Sanctuary preserves and promotes the legacy of the literary naturalist, John Burroughs. Offers education programs, magnificent hiking trails and a collection of Burroughs' excellence in nature writing achievements.

Tips for touring museums with kids

Gomez Mill House, Red Hook, NY

Preserving the unique history of the home that Early American Jewish Leader, Luis Moses Gomez purchased, the Gomez Foundation for Mill House is the oldest standing Jewish dwelling in North America. They educate the public through tours and programs about the former owners and multicultural history of the Hudson River Valley and beyond.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall on Hudson, NY

A leader in providing nature education experiences in the Hudson Valley. The museum's mission is to create responsible caretakers of the environment through educational programs and events. Don't miss Grasshopper Grove; an all natural playground for kids!

The Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, NY

Vibrant, interactive exhibits, programs and events celebrate the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. This museum hosts numerous family friendly events and programs throughout the year.

Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Goshen, NY

Dedicated to comprehensive, active and authoritative support and promotion of the Standardbred industry. Visit museum galleries and gift shop as well as various educational programs and events throughout the year.

Family friendly Hudson Valley Museums worth visiting

For the full list of New York Participating museums- click here.


Please check with the museum for any restrictions including tickets.