Each year museums and cultural destinations that are affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution participate in Smithsonian Museum Day, offering free admission for you and a guest. In 2017 the official date for Smithsonian Museum Day is Saturday, September 23. The listings below are for admissions on that day, unless otherwise indicated.
You must present the Smithsonian ticket for the free admission. That ticket is good for you and one guest, You can get it online and there is no charge. The free admission applies to general admission only. There may be a charge for special exhibits or activities at the museum.
- See which museums in the Phoenix area have free admission all year long.
- Check the calendar for more September happenings.
These Phoenix area museums participate in Smithsonian Museum Day
Arizona Museum of Natural History
"Explore Arizona and the Southwest from the creation of the earth 4.5 billion years ago to the present."
Call for information: 480-644-2230
"The mission of the Cave Creek Museum is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits."
Call for information: 480-488-2764
"Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest featuring 55,000 plants from across the world."
Call for information: 480-941-1225
More About Desert Botanical Garden
Directions to Desert Botanical Garden
"Experience the 19th Century mining boom as you tour the exhibit. See the miniature agricultural display. Learn how irrigation turned sandy plains into lush cotton fields. See what Casa Grande looked like in 1879 when the railroad ended here and the city was named Terminus....Tour the historic Heritage Hall and the Rebecca Dallis School House."
Call for information: 520-836-2223
"The museum has numerous exhibits of native Americans, day to day life in early Florence, prison artifacts, and an extensive Library of Arizona and the southwest." Free every day.
Call for information: 520-868-4382
"Pueblo Grande Museum is an archaeological site museum and repository. We collect, preserve, research, interpret, and exhibit cultural materials from the site of Pueblo Grande and the Greater Southwest. The Museum, part of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department since 1929, is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of prehistory, history, and ethnology of inhabitants of the Southwest, and promoting a greater understanding of the diversity of cultures past and present, for our guests and the citizens of Phoenix."
Map and Directions to Pueblo Grande Museum
Call for information: 602-495-0901
River of Time Museum
"History, archaeology, anthropology, art, geology, and geography...of the Lower Verde River Valley through water."
Call for information: 480-837-2612
"A fully-restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house museum which interprets the history of Phoenix."
Call for information: 602-262-5070
Old Town Scottsdale
"Exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design."
Map and Directions to SMoCA
Call for information: 480-994-2787
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.
Visit the official Smithsonian Museum Day website for more information and for participating museums in Arizona outside the Phoenix area.