SAN ANTONIO (August, 2011) — On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the Institute of Texan Cultures will participate in the seventh annual Museum Day. The Smithsonian Affiliate will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. Museum Day is a celebration of the dissemination of knowledge to anyone and everyone interested, without a price tag, emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.
With support from CITGO, Museum Day 2011 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. In 2010, museum goers downloaded 227,747 tickets resulting in more than 500,000 museum-goers visiting over 1,300 venues in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
“Every year, we enjoy this opportunity to open our doors to the public and invite them to rediscover the story of Texas, free of charge,” said John Davis, interim executive director for the institute. “We believe all Texans and visitors should have access to the story of Texas heritage, which is steeped in the struggles and triumphs of people from many cultures.”
Institute of Texan Cultures hours for Saturday, Sept. 24 are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New for Museum Day: “Texas Folklife Festival @ Forty.” Experience the music, dancing, food, fun, and memories of 40 years of the Texas Folklife Festival – brought to life on the 26 screens of the Institute of Texan Cultures' Dome Theater. No matter where you're from, you'll feel right at home (12:45 mins).
Museum Day coincides with The University of Texas at San Antonio’s first Homecoming football game at the Alamodome and parking will be limited. The Institute of Texan Cultures encourages guests and game attendees to use Via Park & Ride from the UTSA Main Campus, Crossroads or Madla Transportation Center. While UTSA faculty, staff and students receive free admission to the museum with their UTSACard, the admit-two Museum Day Ticket is a great way to bring friends and family to experience the museum.
This year Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is participating in Museum Day and museum visitors will be encouraged to donate to this leading global breast cancer organization.
The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. A list of participating museums is available at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Smithsonian magazine Museum Day 2011 and links to participating museums’ and supporters’ sites, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
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About the Institute of Texan Cultures
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamodome, in downtown San Antonio. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.