Department of Parks
Kentucky State Parks Museums Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s Seventh Annual Museum Day Sept. 24
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Several Kentucky State Park museums will be participating in the 7th Annual Museum Day on Sept. 24. These museums will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day ticket from Smithsonian.com.
Museum Day is a celebration of the dissemination of knowledge to anyone and everyone interested, without a price tag, emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.
With support from CITGO, Museum Day 2011 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. In 2010, museum-goers downloaded 227,747 tickets, resulting in more than 500,000 museum-goers visiting over 1,300 venues in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
The Kentucky State Park museums that are scheduled to participate include:
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park Pioneer Museum, Mount Olivet
Butler-Turpin House Museum at General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
Columbus-Belmont State Park Civil War Museum, Columbus
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Fairview
John James Audubon State Park Museum, Henderson
Lincoln Homestead State Park, Springfield
My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Levi Jackson State Park Mountain Life Museum, London
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site museum, Perryville
Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Wickliffe
William Whitley State Historic Site, Stanford
Several other Kentucky museums, including the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort and the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, are also participating.
This year Susan G. Komen for the Cure is participating in Museum Day, and museum visitors will be encouraged to donate to this leading global breast cancer organization.
The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. A list of participating museums is available at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2011 and links to participating museums’ and supporters’ sites, please visit www.Smithsonian.com/museumday
For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov
About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, is one of the nation’s largest magazines with a circulation of more than 2 million and nearly 7 million readers. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2010.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov