Free Museum Day

Houston Museums Participating in Free Museum Day – Sept. 22!

Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Museum Day

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Ticket Details:

One printed ticket will allow FREE entry for two visitors. You are only allowed to download one ticket to one museum on Museum Day.

Once you click  generate ticket, you won’t be able to change your museum selection.

1940 Air Terminal Museum

8325 Travelair St, Houston, TX 77061 (713-454-1940 and Website)

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CST)

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is housed in the original art-deco Houston Municipal Airport building at present-day William P. Hobby Airport. The Museum showcases the rich heritage of civil aviation, including the airlines, general aviation and business aviation. Exhibits include Houston?s fascinating aviation history.


The 1940 Air Terminal Museum has recently acquired the historic hangar designated by Hobby airport as WR-4.

The hangar will house the museum?s collection of aircraft, and also has ample space to serve as a work shop for projects, as well as displaying artifacts.

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, TX 77802 (979-776-2195 and Website)

Museum Day Hours:?10:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m. (EST)

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History has served the Brazos Valley in many ways since its founding in 1961. There is no other museum within a 100-mile radius of Bryan and College Station which focuses on natural and cultural history and encourages human interaction with nature.

As the ONLY Natural History Museum in the Brazos Valley, the Museum elevates, motivates, and inspires visitors of all ages by showcasing the best of Earth in Nature, Science, and History. Located in the heart of Texas, the Museum promotes science and natural and cultural history education, while encouraging responsible stewardship of all natural and cultural resources. Serving all Texans, the Museum: (1) provides educational programming (exhibits, camps, classes, lectures, outreach, tours, & special events); (2) safeguards artifacts and natural specimens for future generations; and (3) forms cooperative partnerships with arts and cultural organizations, community oriented entities, and academic institutions throughout the Brazos Valley.


The Museum has a variety of long-term exhibits including Dinosaurs, Ice Age Mammals, Stone Arrow and Spear points, Minerals, Taxidermy Animals, Texas & Local History, and Live Animals including an Observation Bee Hive.

Houston Maritime Museum

2204 Dorrington Street, Houston, TX 77030 713-666-1910 and??Website)

Museum Day Hours:?9:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m. (CST)

The Houston Maritime Museum is your home port to the maritime world. Our mission is ?to capture and preserve the wonder and influence of maritime history and the marine industry with focus on the development of Houston, the Texas Gulf Coast, and the State of Texas.? We accomplish that by being Houston?s showplace of maritime heritage and commerce through education programs, interactive exhibits, and related events.

John P McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science

1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004 (713-521-1515 and?Website)

Museum Day Hours:?9:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m. (CST)

The Health Museum, John P McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, is Houston?s most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. The Health Museum?s mission is to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body. The Health Museum has been a Smithsonian Affiliate since 2017.

Exhibits:?The Body as a Work of Art

More than Skin Deep is designed as an immersive, interactive educational experience to address current topics in medical science, healthcare and society with the purpose of transforming behaviors that adversely impact our self-concept and ultimately our health.

Lone Star Flight Museum

Ellington Airport,11551 Aerospace Blvd, Houston, TX 77034 (346-708-2517 and?Website)

Museum Day Hours:?9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Soar to new heights at the Lone Star Flight Museum for FREE on Smithsonian Museum Day! One printed ticket will allow FREE entry for two visitors to explore the entire museum.

Tickets may be printed or shown on a smartphone upon arrival.

Moody Mansion

2618 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550 (409-765-7668 and?Website)

Museum Day Hours:?10:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m. (CST)

The restored 1895 family home of W.L. Moody, Jr., whose fortune was built in Texas banking, insurance, hotels, ranching, cotton factoring and publishing. Mr. Moody was among the 10 wealthiest people in America in the mid-1900s. The 30,000-square-foot mansion is faithfully restored, filled with family furnishings and personal effects, and open daily for public tours.

Exhibits:?Fashion Follows Function

This is a new exhibit about how Mary Moody Northen grew from shy debutante to wife and socialite to head of more than 50 family businesses, philanthropist and adventurer, and how her wardrobe reflected those evolving roles.

Self-guided audio tours are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and behind-the-scenes tours are offered Friday through Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

Sam Houston Memorial Museum

1836 Sam Houston Avenue,1402 19th Street, Huntsville, TX 77340 (936-294-1832 and?Website)

Museum Day Hours:?9:00 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m. (CST)

As a part of Sam Houston State University, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum is an important educational institution for the benefit of local, state, national, and international audiences. The Museum?s primary focus is the life of Sam and Margaret Houston, their family, and other individuals and events important in the early history, cultures, and development of Texas and the Southwest, particularly during the period of 1832-1863 and as they relate to Texas today.

Located in Huntsville on approximately fifteen acres of the Houston farm, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the remarkable life of Sam Houston and experience everyday life on the Houston farm. Our Museum is a combination of historic buildings, beautiful grounds, and traditional museum gallery-style buildings. Wear comfortable shoes, plan to walk, and bring your camera.

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

220 2nd Street, San Felipe, TX 77473 (979-885-2181 and?Website)

Museum Day Hours:?9:00 p.m. ? 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Commemorating the location where, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin established a headquarters for his colony in Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and new museum share the stories of early settlers in this region. Today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of these early pioneers at what was the social, economic, and political center of American emigration to Texas before independence. San Felipe de Austin didn?t survive the war for Texas independence — it was burned by its own residents as they evacuated during the Runaway Scrape of 1836.

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum

5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd., Beaumont, TX 77705 (409-880-1750 and?Website)

Museum Day Hours:?10:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum is located on Lamar?s Campus at Jimmy Simmons Blvd. (formerly University Drive) and Highway 69. The museum is a 16-building replica of Gladys City, the oil boomtown that sprang up overnight when the Lucas Gusher blew in on Spindletop Hill January 10, 1901, marking the beginning of the Petroleum Age. The museum complex includes the 1941 Lucas Gusher Monument, the replica Lucas Gusher derrick and gusher, and exhibit buildings furnished with items from the late 1890?s and early 1900?s that depict daily life in Gladys City and Beaumont.


We will have a car show from 12 – 5 p.m. to celebrate Lamar University?s homecoming. We will also blow the gusher at 4 p.m. this day.

Texas Prison Museum

491 Hwy 75N, Huntsville, TX 77340 (936-295-2155?and?Website)

Museum Day Hours:?10:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m. (CST)

The Texas Prison Museum is home to the Texas Electric Chair,Old Sparky, and many other interesting displays from the 150 plus years of our state?s prison history.


Exhibits will be ?Old Sparky?, artifacts from the Texas Prison Rodeo which ran from 1931-1986, a display on Bonnie and Clyde, as well as inmate arts/ crafts and contraband.

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