The World Museum of Mining will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday Sept. 22. The event is part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based museums.
Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.
The theme of this year’s Museum Day is “Women Making History,” honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.
World Museum of Mining is located on an actual mineyard, the Orphan Girl Mine. The Museum exhibits more than a century of American history and brings it to life. Guests can stroll the cobblestone streets of Hell Roarin' Gulch to learn about the ethnic and cultural history of Butte, access the 100 feet high Orphan Girl Headframe or descend 100 feet under the earth on an underground mine tour to experience life as a miner.
Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonian.com/museumday/search.