2019 has been a good year for museum lovers in New Orleans. First, the Audubon Nature Institute rolled out free admission for locals each Wednesday; the new Historic New Orleans Collection expansion opened; then, the new Louisiana Children’s Museum site opened.
Now, a perennial favorite is right around the corner: Museum Day. As part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day event, 12 New Orleans museums offer free admission on Saturday, Sept. 21. Those locations are listed below.
- 1850 House
- Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
- Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
- Louisiana National Guard Museums, Jackson Barracks
- New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
- New Orleans Museum of Art
- Southern Food and Beverage Museum and The Museum of the American Cocktail
- The Cabildo
- The Historic New Orleans Collection
- The National WWII Museum
- The New Orleans Jazz Museum at Old U.S. Mint
- The Presbytere
More than 1,600 museums nationwide offer free admission on Museum Day. This year’s theme is “Year of Music.” Participants must visit the Smithsonian website and download a pass to receive free entry. Passes are limited to one per person, and each pass admits two.