The Chandler Museum

The Chandler Museum is one of several East Valley vienues offering free admission next Saturday to celebrate Museum Day, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute.

One day a year, many museums nationwide welcome visitors free of charge to view their  exhibitions.

 It’s called Museum Day and this year, the annual event – hosted by Smithsonian magazine – takes place Saturday, Sept. 21.

Several East Valley destinations are    participating in the event, joining with their counterparts across the Valley.

 “The price is right!” said Mike Fox,        director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Museum Day, is celebrating its 15th year, it’s “a national day of recognition and celebration of the value, importance of museums as places of inspiration,      education and entertainment in peoples’ lives,” Fox said, adding:

“It would be wonderful to see individuals of all backgrounds and different generations, along with their family members, take advantage of the  welcoming day of free admission.” 

Taking part in Museum Day is easy; simply download a Museum Day ticket. It provides free admission for two people on Smithsonian magazine’s website, and present it to the museum of your choice on Saturday.

Among the 50 states, Arizona ranks No. 15 with 36 total participating museums. New York ranks No. 1 with 111 participating museums and California follows with 101 museums.

In Maricopa County alone, 11 museums will participate in Museum Day; see the full list below and don’t forget to download your tickets from

Here’s a look at East Valley venues celebrating Museum Day:


Arizona Museum of Natural History

Where: 53 N. Macdonald St., Mesa

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


CAF Airbase Arizona Museum

Where: 2017 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa

Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Mesa Historical Museum

Where: 2345 N. Horne, Mesa

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


i.d.e.a. Museum

Where: 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.



Chandler Museum

Where: 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Apache Junction

Superstition Mountain

Lost Dutchman Museum

Where: 4087 North Apache Trail, Apache Junction

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


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