Bartow History Museum and Booth Western Art Museum will open their doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.
“Bartow History Museum has participated in the Museum Day Live! event for a number of years and has welcomed hundreds of guests. Participation allows us to open our doors to new audiences and share the rich history of Bartow County with visitors from across the state and region,” said Trey Gaines, director for Bartow History Museum. “At Booth Museum we are excited to participate in Museum Day Live! and give people the opportunity to view the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country free of charge,” said Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins.
Earlier this month, City of Cartersville Mayor Matthew J. Santini proclaimed Saturday, September 27, 2014 as Museum Day Live! As an opportunity to shine a positive light on Cartersville’s investment in its cultural assets, Santini encourages all residents to participate by visiting the two Cartersville locations and acknowledge the importance of arts and education to the community.
Museum Day Live! ticket holders will be able to experience special exhibitions at both museums on September 27th. At Bartow History Museum, visitors will be able to view two feature exhibits, 1864: The War Comes Home which examines some of the stories, places, and people from the Civil War in Bartow County and an exhibit of “Gone with the Wind” memorabilia on display in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the movie’s premiere. At Booth Western Art Museum, visitors will be able to experience A Complex Frontier: Selected Works by Bernard Williams, an exhibition that examines the historic role of African Americans on our nation’s expanding frontier and addresses the complex social interactions that occurred between Black, European, Hispanic and Native Americans, particularly in the West.
The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download for each museum. To obtain a ticket for Bartow History Museum, visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/bartow-history-museum/. To obtain a ticket for Booth Western Art Museum, visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/booth-western-art-museum/. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only at the specific venue listed on the ticket. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit www.Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive/venues.