Public Programs

Smithsonian magazine Museum Day




Museum Day

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is pleased to participate in Museum Day on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on April 4. Tickets are available to download here.

Museum Day brings together museums, zoos, and cultural institutions from all 50 states to provide free admission to all Museum Day ticket holders. This experience goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors; it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities.

This year, Museum Day will celebrate Earth Optimism. Institute visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibits, view educational programming, and act as a senator in a simulated debate about current environmental legislation. Visitors are also welcome to join the Institute’s First Saturday Drop-in tour and special activities with Kids’ Climate Convention.

Additional Resources

  • Postponed: Getting to the Point on the 2020 Census

    In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum, the Institute will welcome state and local leaders for a conversation on the importance of the 2020 Census.

  • Postponed: First Saturday Drop-in Tours

    Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Drop-In tours on the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. This discussion-based tour with a thematic focus offers deeper insights into the Institute’s exhibits and programs. Tours will lead into the Today’s Vote program where visitors can debate and vote on Senate legislation.

  • Postponed: Kids’ Climate Convention

    How can kids help care for the planet? Join us for a day of family-friendly activities themed around preserving our Earth for future generations of kids. Vote for the best climate action invention in a special program held in the Institute’s replica Senate Chamber, visit the maker studio to do a project with recycled materials, and learn about important climate issues.