Free Admission for Smithsonian’s 9th Annual Museum Day Live


The Columbus Museum of Art will offer free admission on Saturday September 28, 2013, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

Admission includes CMA’s George Bellows and the American Experience exhibition. George Bellows is widely considered to be one of the finest artists America has ever produced. Bellows left Columbus, Ohio in 1904 to study art in New York City, and within five years the young artist had taken the American art world by storm, winning every major award all the while insisting upon a new, and often unsettling, standard for the subject matter deemed acceptable as fine art. This exhibition, which includes more than 35 paintings as well as major drawings and prints, reveals the virtuosic ability and amazing breath of this master painter. And don’t forget to see COLOR, a lively, hands-on exhibition in CMA’s Big Idea Gallery.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

Please note: you can also present your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.

Parking is available for free in our lot off Gay Street. Please use the new entrance off the West Garden on 9th Street.

Be sure to tag your visit with @columbusmuseum and #museumdaylive on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.