There are twenty-eight museums in Indiana participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day in 2012. They will have free general admission tickets on Saturday, September 29, 2012
The Museum Day Live! Ticket is available on the Ticket Information page.
If one fills out the form (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket/) and submits it, one will be e-mailed instructions on downloading one’s ticket. One should remember to check the spam or junk folder if one does not see the e-mail from museumday [at] si.edu. One must present the Museum Day Live! Ticket to get in free. At larger venues, one may have to pay for additional tickets beyond general admission if one wants to see a movie or visit a special exhibition.
The Museum Day Live! ticket is only good for two people per household, per address. If one has more than one guest, the other guests will have to pay full admission (or in the case of children one must pay for them).
Museum participation in Smithsonian Museum Day Live! is voluntary. One can search for participating museums on this Web page http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/.
In Northwest Indiana, they are the Gary Land Company History Museum in Gary and the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum in Cedar Lake in Lake County; the Center for History in South Bend, the county seat of St. Joseph County; the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City in LaPorte County; and the Porter County Museum of History in Valparaiso, the county seat of Porter County.
In Central Indiana, they are the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis; the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, and the Montgomery County Historical Society in Crawfordsville; the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, in Fishers, a suburb of Indianapolis, in Hamilton County; the Gruenwald Historic House in Anderson, the county seat of Madison County; The Museum of Miniature Houses And Other Collections in Carmel, another suburb of Indianapolis in Hamilton County; and the Seiberling Mansion & Howard County Museum in Kokomo, the county seat of Howard County. Note that Lewis “Lew” Wallace (1827-1905), a lawyer, Union general during the Civil War, and governor of New Mexico Territory, is best known as the author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, published in 1880, so if one is a fan of his book or any of the cinematic or stage adaptations and is in the area, it should be worth a visit.
In northeastern Indiana, they are the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (profiled in “Auburn Classics,” Episode 26 of Wealth TV’s Wealth on Wheels) and the National Military History Center in Auburn in DeKalb County; the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, the county seat of Elkhart County; and the Science Central in Fort Wayne, the county seat of Allen County.
In southeast Indiana, they are the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany in Floyd County; the Howard Steamboat Musuem & Mansion in Jeffersonville in Clark County; the Life on the Ohio River History Museum and the Switzerland County Historical Museum in Vevay, the county seat of Switzerland County. In southwestern Indiana, they are the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes, the county seat of Knox County (and one of the oldest towns in the Midwest as it was founded in 1732) and the New Harmony Working Man’s Institute in New Harmony, a very small town in Posey County.
There are three participating museums in Muncie in Delaware County in east-central Indiana. They are Minnestrista, the Muncie Children’s Museum, and the National Model Aviation Museum.