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Score Free Admission to these Philly Museums on Saturday, September 21

Museum Day is September 21-- here are the Philly museums opening their doors!

Saturday, September 21 is Smithsonian’s Museum Day when select museums and cultural institutions across the country open their doors and offer free admission. This is a great opportunity to explore new places and learn something new. You just need to register online and get a Museum Day ticket (good for admission for two people, per email address) at the museum of your choice. Here is where you can visit in Philly.

Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

10 am—5 pm


This science museum is a local kids’ favorite. We especially love the third floor’s “Outside In” exhibit, which is tailored specially for little ones, and of course Dinosaur Hall. For an extra fee, catch the larger-than-life Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit! Get your free ticket here.

Penn Museum

3260 South St.

10 am–5 pm


Kids can learn about cultures around the world at this museum of archaeology and anthropology. Get your free ticket here.

Independence Seaport Museum

211 S. Columbus Blvd.

10 am–5 pm


Learn about maritime history, climb aboard historic warships, learn something about the watershed at River Alive, and more. Get your free ticket here. Access to the historic ships is an additional $8 per person. Also, to paddle on Paddle Penn’s Landing, there is a charge of $8 per person per half-hour rental.

African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)

701 Arch St

10 am–5 pm


Experience the richness and vibrancy of African American culture through the museum’s art and exhibits. Get your free ticket here.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

118-128 N. Broad St.

11 am–5 pm


You can’t help but notice the crashed airplane full of plants in the courtyard, but come inside for a tour of the art galleries! Get your free ticket here.

National Museum of American Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East

10 am–5:30 pm

Learn about the broad spectrum of American Jewish life and universal themes as immigration, worship, hard work, entertainment, and community, and family life through artifacts and interactive exhibits. Get your free ticket here.

Woodmere Art Museum

9201 Germantown Ave.

10 am–6 pm


This Chestnut Hill museum celebrates Philadelphia’s art and artists. And you’ll be just in time to enjoy their annual straw maze outside! Get your free ticket here.

American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Ave.

Noon-4 pm


Learn about Swedish culture and the Swedish immigrant experience through interactive exhibits. Get your free ticket here.

Fort Mifflin

6400 Hog Island Rd.

10 am–4 pm


This historic battlefield and fort from the Revolutionary War hosts events throughout the year that honor and teach about our country’s military history. Get your free ticket here.


Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer