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UPDATE, March 12: Museum Day is now cancelled as a precaution against the spread of novel coronavirus.

March 5: If your kids love exploring a new museum, pencil Smithsonian magazine’s 16th Annual Museum Day into your calendar. On April 4, all participating US museums will open their doors for free to guests with a branded ticket.

More than 1,200 museums, zoos and cultural centers are expected to participate. The venues include museums, zoos and beyond. Twenty-eight NJ spots are currently on the list, though new locations may be added over the summer. Here’s where you can get in for free in NJ:

  • American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, Haledon
  • Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey, Teterboro
  • Cooper Gristmill, Chester
  • Cornelius Low House, Piscataway
  • Dey Mansion, Wayne
  • East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway
  • Hamilton House Museum, Clifton
  • Historic Smithville Mansion, Eastampton
  • Historic Speedwell, Morristown
  • Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton
  • Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton
  • John F. Peto Studio Museum, Island Heights
  • Liberty Hall Museum, Union
  • Montclair History Center, Montclair
  • Morris Museum, Morristown
  • Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton
  • Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison
  • New Jersey State House, Trenton
  • New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
  • The Newark Museum of Art, Newark
  • Old Barracks Museum, Trenton
  • Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House, Hawthorne
  • Red Brick Schoolhouse Museum, Chatham
  • USGA Museum, Liberty Corner
  • Westervelt-Vanderhoef House, Clifton
  • WheatonArts, Millville
  • Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • 1719 William Trent House Museum, Trenton

This year’s event celebrates the magazine’s 50th anniversary and has a theme of Earth Optimism, as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Museum Day tickets are available for download now. Every ticket gets you and a guest free admission (only one ticket per email). Head to the Smithsonian website for more information.

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