HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Huntington Museum of Art will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday September 18, 2021 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.
The annual event allows museums, zoos and cultural centers from all 50 states to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. This year’s event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company.
Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors—it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion.
With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way. While tickets will be free of charge, participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.
“The Huntington Museum of Art is pleased to continue its long-standing practice of participating in Museum Day,” said HMA Executive Director Geoffrey K. Fleming. “Visitors on Museum Day will see an outstanding exhibit of American paintings from HMA’s permanent collection.”
The Huntington Museum of Art is a fine art museum with permanent exhibits of Near Eastern art, antique firearms, Ohio Valley glass, and West Virginia decorative arts. Located on more than 50 acres, HMA is also home to the C. Fred Edwards Conservatory of tropical and subtropical plants. For more information, visit hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. The Huntington Museum of Art is fully accessible.
Museum Day tickets will be available for download at Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay beginning August 18, 2021. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay.
For more information, please visit Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay.
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To contact the Huntington Museum of Art, call (304) 529-2701.
Erin Freilich, | High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day,
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