September 18, 2021 marks the return of a previously annual celebration—Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, an occasion marked by free admission to hundreds of museums, zoos, and cultural centers across the nation. An admittedly minor casualty of COVID-19, last year’s raging pandemic forced a temporary hiatus, but no longer.
Still, most museums will require visitors to sign up for time slots. This will enable the institutions to monitor crowds and maintain social distancing. Tickets can be reserved—for free, of course—on the Smithsonian magazine’s website. A comprehensive list of participating institutions is available here but Art & Object has assembled some highlights from across the nation that should appeal to our readers.