Perhaps we’ll stroll amid massive boulders etched with ancient symbols, stopping for a picnic lunch. Or maybe we’ll take the kids via light rail to craft a Yavapai burden basket inside a cool downtown gallery. Whatever we pick, you can be sure we’ll take advantage of Museum Day Live on Sept. 29, when admission to museums across the country is free.
Nearly 30 sites in Arizona are participating in the Smithsonian Magazine-sponsored event, so you can make plans to finally see landmarks like the 1700s-era Tubac Presidio Park or Kitt Peak National Observatory.
We’re keen on getting an up-close look at the animals — living and stuffed — at Tucson’s International Wildlife Museum, but closer-to-home destinations are plentiful: Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Cave Creek Museum, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Desert Botanical Garden, Heard Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park and Superstition Mountain Museum.
Tickets, available for free download via SmithsonianMag.com/museumday, are required. One ticket is good for two free admissions on Sept. 29. The website also features a list of participating Arizona museums.
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