The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois will take part in Smithsonian Magazine’s eighth annual Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, joining more than 1,400 museums nationwide by offering free admission to anyone who downloads a ticket from

The Lincoln Presidential Museum will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day ticket.  Museum Day is a celebration of the free dissemination of knowledge to anyone, emulating the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.

Museum Day 2012 is expected to draw more than 400,000 visitors to cultural attractions across the country. Last year’s event drew more than 350,000 visitors. This is the second year the Lincoln Presidential Museum will participate. The Presidential Museum’s regular admission fee is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens 62 and up, $9 for students with an ID, $7 for active duty military personnel, and $6 for children ages 5-15. Children under five are admitted free.
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will also be participating in Museum Day. The State Museum is free every day, so no tickets are needed.

The Museum Day ticket is available to download at, and a list of participating museums is available from the website as well. Visitors who present the official ticket will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.  

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.  Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is the nation’s most visited presidential facility, and its innovative and immersive exhibits and shows have been emulated by many new museums across the globe. It is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. Visit for more information.