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(Smithsonian Magazine)   Free museum admission this Saturday for up to two people at museums across the country. Museums are these places where you learned about stuff before the Internet was invented. They are cool, honest   (smithsonianmag.com) divider line 61
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2013-09-26 12:21:58 AM
It's like having you own 3D printer without the work. You can see stuff in 3D without special glasses. It's cool, really.
 
2013-09-26 12:27:29 AM
Yeah, but how much is parking?
 
2013-09-26 12:31:27 AM
I've got a football game to go to so no higher culture for me this weekend, but Oregon/Washington Farkers, Maryhill Museum of Art (http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/) is on there and it's one of my favorites (we have a membership).  Beautiful views of the Gorge, interesting and eclectic art collections.  Don't miss the nearby Stonehenge memorial to Klickitat County WWI dead, either.
 
2013-09-26 12:49:13 AM

kaylward: Yeah, but how much is parking?


$2.50

/offer only valid in The Greatest City In The World
 
2013-09-26 02:18:04 AM
I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of OUR PUBLICLY SUPPORTED MUSEUMS THAT ARE ALWAYS FREE.
 
2013-09-26 03:38:56 AM
Oh that is a good headline.
 
2013-09-26 03:39:12 AM
How do they choose these two people that are going to get free admission to museums across the country? And how are they supposed to get to them all on one day?
 
2013-09-26 03:43:10 AM
Aren't the Smithsonian museums free anyway?

OMG! Two free tickets!
 
2013-09-26 03:45:04 AM
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To the left is Spring Garden which goes over the Skuylkill and behind the museum there is a restaurant (The Water Works) and parking and riverfront. And there's a footpath around the base of the museum and along it (and it's steep at points, the alt. varies widely) they must have built the museum on top of a castle because there was at least one bricked-up door which was notable in that it was a progression of brickings, at one point there was a peep-slot, which was eventually bricked too.
 
2013-09-26 03:45:32 AM
It's not such a great deal, really.

Two people per museum?  That's just a tiny fraction of their daily traffic, FFS.

Thanks for nothing, museum people.
 
2013-09-26 03:46:42 AM
Sweeeeeet, the Museum of Flight is included in the list!
 
2013-09-26 03:51:37 AM
I haven't been to a Smithsonian in decades. Is the plane ticket included?
 
2013-09-26 03:53:39 AM
Well, walk up in pairs, then!
 
2013-09-26 04:03:59 AM
Learned about the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard because of this event. That alone makes it worth it.
 
2013-09-26 04:10:50 AM
I wish Kansas City had a natural history museum. We've the Nelson-Atkins, and the wife and I are "Society of Fellows" members cause she digs art, but I'd much rather have a history museum. Artifacts are way cooler than art.

Randomly, it, and KC in general, gets a crapton of asian tourists.
 
2013-09-26 04:14:53 AM
Museums should be free.   The only time I got a boner for a job occupation was in a museum.
 
2013-09-26 04:26:27 AM
I've always wanted to go to a museum. Sadly, my state only has the creation museum.
 
2013-09-26 04:52:19 AM
Well, which two people?
 
2013-09-26 05:01:21 AM
Most art museums are private clubs for their boards of between 25-30. These individuals are usually very wealthy and powerful, they collect art themselves, and they are stewards of their particular museum's collection. They throw fantastic parties for themselves throughout the year at their museums.

Most of them have a vague, abstract sense of "the public."
 
2013-09-26 05:05:07 AM

August11: Most art museums are private clubs for their boards of between 25-30. These individuals are usually very wealthy and powerful, they collect art themselves, and they are stewards of their particular museum's collection. They throw fantastic parties for themselves throughout the year at their museums.

Most of them have a vague, abstract sense of "the public."


So? What's your point? These people are keeping it open, enabling everyone else to come by. What's the problem?
 
2013-09-26 05:34:16 AM

robohobo: August11: Most art museums are private clubs for their boards of between 25-30. These individuals are usually very wealthy and powerful, they collect art themselves, and they are stewards of their particular museum's collection. They throw fantastic parties for themselves throughout the year at their museums.

Most of them have a vague, abstract sense of "the public."

So? What's your point? These people are keeping it open, enabling everyone else to come by. What's the problem?


Dr. Egan?
 
2013-09-26 05:52:12 AM

Mitch Mitchell: Museums should be free.   The only time I got a boner for a job occupation was in a museum.


Well, that explains the nude section in the children's museum of art.
 
2013-09-26 06:24:02 AM
DC's museums are already free....our zoo is too.
 
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2013-09-26 06:25:24 AM
Sounds like a cool deal. Hopefully it brings more people in that usually wouldn't hit up a museum. I make a point of going to the local Science Museum of Minnesota whenever they have a new interesting exhibit. Seen everything from the internals of the human body to pirate treasure to a king tut traveling replica. Many years ago the museum moved to a better location and the old location has been infested by Scientologists.
Another big Minnesota museum, The Walker Art Center, has free admission on certain days already and an always open to the public sculpture garden.
 
2013-09-26 06:42:04 AM
I was sorry there is no Henry Ford Museum / Greenfield Village

I would have gone for sure. I still might go to one of the others. But I am no stranger to museums. So they aren't generating any new traffic in general. But I might go to a new place this weekend when otherwise I would not. So I guess it is a success.
 
2013-09-26 06:44:58 AM

Mitch Mitchell: Museums should be free.   The only time I got a boner for a job occupation was in a museum.


I agree. How much did you donate to your local museum this year to defray operating costs?
 
2013-09-26 06:48:03 AM
A colleague of mine is the director at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX.  He adopted an emerging public history philosophy of "pay what you want".  We've seen it for computer downloads like games and music for a while now, but he and a couple of other museum personnel have told me it's been a big boost for revenue.

/we elected not to participate, partly because our admission is $2 to start with, and partly because we just committed the majority of our savings to a facilities expansion
 
2013-09-26 06:48:39 AM

The_Philosopher_King: I was sorry there is no Henry Ford Museum / Greenfield Village

I would have gone for sure. I still might go to one of the others. But I am no stranger to museums. So they aren't generating any new traffic in general. But I might go to a new place this weekend when otherwise I would not. So I guess it is a success.


I like the Henry ford. Always buy the yearly membership for the in laws.
I then make them take me when're we are in town.
 
2013-09-26 06:49:51 AM
Hurry and see the federally supported ones while you can.
 
2013-09-26 07:47:37 AM
Don't forget the little museums too. They sometimes have the coolest stuff.

Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, CT has a cannonball imbedded in the the side of the building from the revolutionary war.

They were making musket balls in the basement, and the british fired on the building during the "Battle of Ridgefield".

If you have any sense of history, it's actually pretty cool to see & touch it.


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2013-09-26 07:49:31 AM

flamingboar: I've always wanted to go to a museum. Sadly, my state only has the creation museum.


Thats not true, I used to play with the shaving foam table at the kids museum in Lexington. Its renamed now, but I bet they still have that giant turtle shell you can crawl into and scoot around in. Plus the room with the giant human heart you can walk inside. That place was a blast. Quite possibly still is.

/Kids get the best museums.
 
2013-09-26 07:54:36 AM

Fubini: I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of OUR PUBLICLY SUPPORTED MUSEUMS THAT ARE ALWAYS FREE.


Heh, yeah, I was amused to see that the only museums in my area that are participating are the ones that are free, anyway.  It's like giving out coupons for a free water at participating restaurants.
 
2013-09-26 07:58:29 AM

HotWingAgenda: How do they choose these two people that are going to get free admission to museums across the country? And how are they supposed to get to them all on one day?


Yeah, came to say this.  Sounds like a scam, to me.  There are WAY more than 2 people who will show up trying to get in free.  That's how they get ya.
 
2013-09-26 08:03:16 AM
One thing I really miss about doing museum work in NYC was the reciprocal admission agreement with all the other museums in the city. I could flash my museum ID at the entry desk and get free admission. I can't recall how many weekends I spent poking around at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the American Museum of Natural History and more. Strangely enough, this is the first I've heard of Museum Day.
 
2013-09-26 08:06:11 AM
Rock and Roll hall of fame. Privately owned. That it all.
And the only reason to go to Cleveland.

Put it this way, I am a major music geek, and the price of admission is so worth it,
 
2013-09-26 08:08:12 AM
Checked to see what museums in my area are involved.  One of them is the Akron Fossils & Science Center, which is a Creationist museum.  No thanks.

/there's a couple of REAL museums I might consider
//oh god, i just turned this into a political thread, didn't i
 
2013-09-26 08:13:23 AM
Aw, I was hoping the High Museum of Art would be on the list. Ah, well, I haven't been to the Marietta History museum in years.
 
2013-09-26 08:21:07 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Checked to see what museums in my area are involved.  One of them is the Akron Fossils & Science Center, which is a Creationist museum.  No thanks.

/there's a couple of REAL museums I might consider
//oh god, i just turned this into a political thread, didn't i


Aww, you got me briefly excited about a trip to Kentucky.
 
2013-09-26 08:24:15 AM

Dallymo: I've got a football game to go to so no higher culture for me this weekend, but Oregon/Washington Farkers, Maryhill Museum of Art (http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/) is on there and it's one of my favorites (we have a membership).  Beautiful views of the Gorge, interesting and eclectic art collections.  Don't miss the nearby Stonehenge memorial to Klickitat County WWI dead, either.


It's been a few years since we went to Maryhill. Might be worth a drive. That place has the coolest garage I've ever seen.
 
2013-09-26 08:36:06 AM

buckler: One thing I really miss about doing museum work in NYC was the reciprocal admission agreement with all the other museums in the city. I could flash my museum ID at the entry desk and get free admission. I can't recall how many weekends I spent poking around at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, the American Museum of Natural History and more. Strangely enough, this is the first I've heard of Museum Day.


I was a little disappointed to see the Tenement Museum was not on that list.

/and Udvar-Hazy is on the list?  does that mean you don't have to pay for parking??
 
2013-09-26 09:14:09 AM
Thanks Subby - planning my Saturday around this now :)
 
2013-09-26 09:30:29 AM

Fubini: I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of OUR PUBLICLY SUPPORTED MUSEUMS THAT ARE ALWAYS FREE.


Oh cool, another person who lives in St. Louis. Yeah, we're spoiled here, aren't we? Free parking too.
 
2013-09-26 09:31:50 AM

kaylward: Yeah, but how much is parking?


If only there existed ways other than cars by which one could travel to various locations. Oh well.

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2013-09-26 09:41:11 AM
Many Michigan folks can go to this site: http://www.eventkeeper.com/prmaps/code/index.cfm?mn=628322  or to their local library to get free passes to many museums. Don't know how much longer it goes (it seems to be 'seasonal'), but they've been doing this for three or four years now.
 
2013-09-26 10:02:04 AM

wildlifer: The_Philosopher_King: I was sorry there is no Henry Ford Museum / Greenfield Village

I would have gone for sure. I still might go to one of the others. But I am no stranger to museums. So they aren't generating any new traffic in general. But I might go to a new place this weekend when otherwise I would not. So I guess it is a success.

I like the Henry ford. Always buy the yearly membership for the in laws.
I then make them take me when're we are in town.


I worked there for four years as my summer job in college. Neat place to crawl around when closed especially through the tunnels under the museum and village. I hated the village in the winter when we were closed though. Quite a few of the buildings gave me the creeps and almost everyone who works there has a ghost story.
 
2013-09-26 10:03:05 AM

quo vadimus: Many Michigan folks can go to this site: http://www.eventkeeper.com/prmaps/code/index.cfm?mn=628322  or to their local library to get free passes to many museums. Don't know how much longer it goes (it seems to be 'seasonal'), but they've been doing this for three or four years now.


Oh, I forgot. I'm not sure about Portland proper, but I know libraries in Beaverton do this as well.
 
2013-09-26 10:03:23 AM
My local library has free passes available at any time to most of the bigger museums in the area.
You might like to call and see if you local does the same.  This is also the single best time of year to visit any museum, weather is usually good, crowds are lighter too.

Yeah, I'm a museum fan. Storm King and the DeCorvo are two huge favorites.  I've been told "Dia" on the way to Storm King is not to be missed either . . .  Then there's the Fogg in Boston and the Case Research Lab in Auburn  NY- the Everson in Syracuse and the Eastman House in Rochester, The Peabody in New Haven and most of New York City, The Gropius House in Lincoln Mass.

which reminds me . . .
 
2013-09-26 10:16:31 AM

buckler: quo vadimus: Many Michigan folks can go to this site: http://www.eventkeeper.com/prmaps/code/index.cfm?mn=628322  or to their local library to get free passes to many museums. Don't know how much longer it goes (it seems to be 'seasonal'), but they've been doing this for three or four years now.

Oh, I forgot. I'm not sure about Portland proper, but I know libraries in Beaverton do this as well.


I think Clackamas county does, too.

Maryhill has weekends designated by county (Washington and Oregon) for free admission for residents of those counties.

When I was a kid there was nothing I liked better than visiting the natural history museum in Los Angeles.  I would have lived there if I could--moved right in to one of the dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals.  The Page Museum at the tar pits is also excellent.
 
2013-09-26 10:48:51 AM
Cleveland Museum of Art doesn't have an entrance fee.  They only charge for special exhibits.
 
2013-09-26 10:55:43 AM

ph0rk: Aww, you got me briefly excited about a trip to Kentucky.


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