AUGUSTA — The Maine State Museum will open its doors free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live. In order to be admitted for free on Sept. 27, participants need only visit the website to download a free ticket for two people and present it at the museum.

Inclusive by design, the event represents the Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. The event also gives museums across all 50 states the opportunity to offer free admission to all. Last year’s event drew more than 400,000 participants nationally and this year’s event promises record-high participation.

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 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit A link to this site is included on the Maine State Museum’s website,, which contains additional information about the museum’s exhibits and programs.

The Maine State Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for senior adults older than 62 and children 6-18 years old, and free for children younger than 6. Maximum charge for families is $6. For more information, call 287-2301.

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