Are You Celebrating Smithsonian Museum Day?

Most people have been to a museum at some point in their lives, whether for a class field trip, a vacation, or even a fun weekend outing. Museums create a space for children and adults to learn and expand their knowledge about the world around them. Museums also help fuel a love of history and culture. Without these institutions, much of the past would be lost forever to future generations.

Now, more than ever, society needs museums. In a time of conflict and uncertainty, these structures can allow us to learn from the mistakes of the past and can bring communities together by celebrating shared heritage. Some of the most well-known museums are a part of the Smithsonian Institution and are located in Washington, DC. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex, with 19 individual museums and the National Zoological Park.

What Is Smithsonian Museum Day?

Every year, the Smithsonian Institution showcases the importance of museums by hosting Museum Day. During the annual one-day event, museums, zoos, and cultural centers across the U.S. provide free entry to anyone presenting a ticket. This year’s Museum Day will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

To get a ticket, visit the event’s page on the Smithsonian Magazine website where you can search for participating museums. Participants can download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission for two people.

At, we appreciate all the work these institutions are doing to teach about history, art, culture, science, and more. For this reason, GrantWatch has a grant category specifically for Preservation, as well as one for Arts & Culture. These categories both include grants and awards for museums, as well as grants for students and educators to visit museums.

8 Grants for Museums
  1. Grants are open to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit cultural institutions and museums for artwork preservation projects.
  2. There are also grants of up to $3,000 and in-kind donations to museums and libraries to preserve and exhibit collections.
  3. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to nonprofits, government agencies, and Tribes to enhance services in small museums.
  4. There are also grants to museums and agencies, nonprofits, and tribes applying on behalf of museums to increase their capacity to serve the public.
  5. Alaska museums can apply for grants of up to $35,000 to purchase contemporary works of art.
  6. In addition, grants of up to $20,000 are open to Alaska museums, nonprofits, and agencies to manage and conserve collections.
  7. Canadian museums can apply for these grants of up to $15,000 to host exhibits or borrow items for display and education.
  8. Additionally, grants are open to museums, nonprofits, IHEs, and tribes to develop the organizational capacity of African American museums.
Museum Awards
  1. $500 award is open to a Michigan educator or professional museum staff member to recognize contributions to earth science.
  2. There are also awards to USA and territories libraries and museums for outstanding community contributions.
Funding to Visit a Museum
  1. There are grants for Missouri nonprofits, agencies, school districts, and churches in eligible locations to enable educators to visit the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
  2. Grants of up to $500 are also available to Arkansas public schools for history museum field trips that benefit students.
  3. USA K-12 schools can apply for grants of up to $500 for field trips to an art museum in Delaware.
  4. Minnesota and Wisconsin K-12 schools in eligible regions can also apply for grants of $250 to offset transportation costs for field trips to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


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