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September 21 will see museums statewide open their doors to the public and encourage learning for all ages, and all at no cost. Museum Day, now in its 15th year, is an annual celebration of learning, human ingenuity, and boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. A Museum Day ticket grants free entry for two people at participating museums and cultural institutions in all 50 states, including several in right here in Colorado.

"Museum Day represents a national commitment to access, equality and inclusion. Museum Day 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," says SmithsonianMag.com.

The 2019 Museum Day theme is "Smithsonian Year of Music," an institution-wide initiative celebrating the Smithsonian’s vast musical collections and resources.

This year, 31 Colorado museums will participate in this amazing event, up from 27 last year. Reservations (in form of a ticket) are required to participate in this event. Check out our list below, or go to the Smithsonian magazine site, and choose your museum to get your ticket. It’s important to note that the ticket covers admission to the museum, but not extras like special exhibits, IMAX shows, etc.

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Step back in time courtesy of Golden History Museum & Park. 

Participating Museums

All over the state, history, art, and so much more is waiting for you at the Colorado museums below. There are several new museums that have been added this year, including the American Mountaineering Museum and the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, that are sure to entertain. Interested in visiting? Simply click on the museum name to learn more and get your ticket!

American Mountaineering Museum, Golden

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen

Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites, Aurora

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Colorado Springs

Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, Denver

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, Crested Butte

Denver Firefighters Museum, Denver  

Dinosaur Journey/Museums of Western Colorado, Fruita   

El Pueblo History Museum, Pueblo   

Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center, Fort Garland  

Gilpin History Museum, Central City 

Golden History Museum & Park, Golden  

Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin, Leadville

History Colorado Center, Denver  

Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, Aspen

Hotel de Paris Museum, Georgetown

Kauffman House Museum, Grand Lake  

John May Museum Center, Colorado Springs 

Kauffman House Museum, Grand Lake 

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver

Lakewood Heritage Center, Lakewood  

Montrose County Historical Museum, Montrose  

Museum of Art, Fort Collins 

Museum of Colorado Prisons, Canon City 

Museum of the West/Museums of Western Colorado, Grand Junction  

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville  

ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy, Colorado Springs  

San Luis Valley Museum, Alamosa

Trinidad History Museum, Trinidad 

Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, Victor

Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs

Wheeler/Stallard Museum, Aspen   

Have you visited Colorado museums on Smithsonian Museum Day before? Do you have a favorite that's a must-see? Let us know in the comments.