Smithsonian Magazine‘s annual Museum Day falls on Saturday, April 4 this year. Mark your calendars to make sure you benefit from free admissions in many museums, zoos and other cultural centers in Washington, D.C. and around the country.
Among the free museums on that day are Dumbarton House, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Alexandria’s Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden and Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas.
Georgetown’s Dumbarton House was built in 1799. It was first occupied by Joseph Nourse, the first Register of the Treasury. The structure “stood witness to the birth of the American Republic as the government settled into the newly established Federal City.”
The historic building’s period room and rotating exhibitions offer visitors a view of what life was like in the earliest days of the nation’s capital.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is “the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts.
Some of the institutions are free to enter every day. However, Museum Day could be a good opportunity to spare the time for seeing the DAR Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, and the United States Botanic Garden.