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Free museum admission for Smithsonian Museum Day

Whether you’re at home or traveling, get FREE admission to more than 1,000 venues in all 50 states during the Smithsonian Museum Day on Sept. 17, 2022. You must request a ticket in advance online.

To get started, visit the Museum Day site, choose the museum or attraction you want to visit and fill out a form with some basic information. Then, you can download your ticket immediately, and you’ll get a confirmation email for printing.

Each ticket is good for FREE admission for two people at a participating museum. The Museum Day ticket is good for two people per household, per address. Limit one ticket per household. If you’re planning on going as a group, consider registering for additional admit-two tickets through friends and family. You can visit only one museum with this promotion.

These museums participated in past events. We are still waiting to find out which South Florida museums are participating in 2022. Those in bold have confirmed participating so far.

In Miami-Dade County, these museums are participating in this event:

  • Ancient Spanish Monastery
  • Coral Gables Museum
  • Gold Coast Railroad Museum
  • History Miami
  • Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum

Participating Broward venues are:

  • Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
  • Children’s Science Explorium at Sugar Sand Park
  • Deerfield Beach Old School House
  • History Fort Lauderdale
  • Museum of Discovery & Science
  • NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
  • Old Davie School Historical Museum
  • Seaboard Air Line Railroad Station
  • The Historic Butler House Museum
  • WMODA – Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts

Participating Palm Beach County venues are

  • Boca Raton Museum of Art

Participating Keys museums are:

  • Key West Museum of Art and History

Other museum deals, free days and special events:

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Women Championing Freedom

$0-12.00 | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Tropical Holiday Trees

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-14.00 | Mounts Botanical Garden

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Sunny Days/Starry Nights at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale with free entry

11:00 am to 7:00 pm | FREE | NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Mi Campo Artist Lounge

11:00 am to 11:00 pm | Museum of Graffiti

Grand opening of "Writers on Wax"

11:00 am | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Friday, December 2, 2022

Women Championing Freedom

$0-12.00 | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Tropical Holiday Trees

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-14.00 | Mounts Botanical Garden

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

“Stack the Deck"

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Art After Dark at Norton in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Norton Museum of Art

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Downtown Delray Art Walk

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Free Gallery Night entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Historic Holidays Evening Strolls at Deering Estate

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Women Championing Freedom

$0-12.00 | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Tropical Holiday Trees

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-14.00 | Mounts Botanical Garden

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Night sky viewing with telescopes

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Free entry to museu,s

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Women Championing Freedom

$0-12.00 | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Tropical Holiday Trees

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-14.00 | Mounts Botanical Garden

Sunday kids' art class for under 13

10:00 am to 12:00 pm | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Snow & Crystals Festival

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

The Art of Transformation

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Carols on the Lawn

4:30 pm | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

FAU Tuba Christmas in Boca

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Mizner Park in Boca

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Monday, December 5, 2022

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Tropical Holiday Trees

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-14.00 | Mounts Botanical Garden

Winter Wonderland display in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Tropical Holiday Trees

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-14.00 | Mounts Botanical Garden

Historic Holiday Decor: Gilded Age

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $7.00-15.00 | Deering Estate

Garden tour

10:00 am | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Holiday Street Parade in Boca Raton

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Federal Highway

See all the free and cheap events this week.

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