Forty-one museums in Indiana are participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day in 2013: today, Saturday, September 28, 2013. Twenty-eight museums participated in 2012.
Museum Day tickets are good for two people. To take advantage of this program, click on this link, fill out the form, and a ticket will be e-mailed to you.
One should remember to check the spam or junk folder if one does not see the e-mail from museumday [at] si.edu. One must present the Museum Day Live! Ticket to get in free. At larger venues, one may have to pay for additional tickets beyond general admission if one wants to see a movie or visit a special exhibition.
The Museum Day Live! ticket is only good for two people per household, per address. If one has more than one guest, the other guests will have to pay full admission (or in the case of children one must pay for them).
In Northwest Indiana, they are The John Dillinger Museum in Hammond; the Gary Land Company History Museum and the GHCS Museum of Gary History & Culture in Gary; Brucemore and the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum in Cedar Lake in Lake County; the Center for History and the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, the county seat of St. Joseph County; the Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum in Mishawaka in St. Joseph County; the University of Notre Dame du Lac’s Snite Museum of Art in Notre Dame, Indiana (north of Sound Bend); and the Brauer Museum of Art and the Porter County Museum of History in Valparaiso, the county seat of Porter County.
In northeastern Indiana, they are the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (profiled in “Auburn Classics,” Episode 26 of Wealth TV’s Wealth on Wheels), the Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum, and the National Military History Center in Auburn in DeKalb County; Science Central in Fort Wayne, the county seat of Allen County; and the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, the county seat of Whitley County.
In Central Indiana, they are the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis; the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, and the Rotary Jail Museum in Crawfordsville; the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, in Fishers, a suburb of Indianapolis, in Hamilton County; the Gruenwald Historic House in Anderson, the county seat of Madison County; The Museum of Miniature Houses And Other Collections in Carmel, another suburb of Indianapolis in Hamilton County; the Seiberling Mansion & Howard County Museum in Kokomo, the county seat of Howard County; the Johnson County Museum of History in Franklin, the county seat of Johnson County; and Wonderlab Museum of Health, Science and Technology in Bloomington, the county seat of Monroe County, south of Indianapolis. Note that Lewis “Lew” Wallace (1827-1905), a lawyer, Union general during the Civil War, and governor of New Mexico Territory, is best known as the author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, published in 1880, so if one is a fan of his book or any of the cinematic or stage adaptations and is in the area, it should be worth a visit. In west-central Indiana, along the border with Illinois, the Ernie Pyle WWII Museum is participating in Dana in Vermillion County.
In southeast Indiana, they are the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany in Floyd County; the Howard Steamboat Musuem & Mansion in Jeffersonville in Clark County; the Life on the Ohio River History Museum and the Switzerland County Historical Museum in Vevay, the county seat of Switzerland County.
In southwest Indiana, the Historic New Harmony (a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites) in Posey County and CANDLES Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Terre Haute, the county seat of Vigo County.
There are three participating museums in Muncie in Delaware County in east-central Indiana. They are Minnestrista, the Muncie Children’s Museum, and the National Model Aviation Museum.