One Day Only: Several Local Museums Offering Free Admission

For one day only, on September 23, several museums in the Hampton Roads area will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums in D.C. – and offer FREE admission.

It’s all part of Museum Day Live, an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine.

All you need is a ticket to participate, which you can download now at this link.

Each household can get one ticket, which allows general admission for two people. The ticket does not include parking, special events or exhibits.

The following local museums are participating this year:


  • Hermitage Museum & Gardens **
  • Hunter House Victorian Museum
  • Virginia Zoo


  • Children’s Museum of Virginia


  • Isle of Wight County Museum


  • Francis Land House
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art


  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
  • Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
  • DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Visit Find a Museum to locate participating museums near you


(** Designates this is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum)