Join us at the i.d.e.a. Museum during the upcoming discounted or free days - made possible through generous donations and grants to support our Access for All programs.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 22
Free admission to the i.d.e.a. Museum is available for two people by downloading passes from the Museum Day website. Please bring in your tickets for entry.
Enjoy the HUB Gallery and ArtVille - our socks-only space for little ones ages 0-4. Please note: The Whiteman Family Exhibition Gallery will be closed as we make room for a new exhibition, opening Friday, Sept. 28.
Next Museum Discovery Day
Free days are very popular and attract crowds. To better serve visitors, avoid long lines and allow as many people as possible to enjoy the attractions, we will have timed ticket entries during free events. These tickets will be distributed at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced tickets are available.
Once received, your ticket will guarantee access for that time period only, allowing you to go someplace cool and return 15 minutes prior to your entry time.
On free days, admission to ArtVille – our imaginative socks-only space for children ages 0-4 – will be limited to 30 minutes per visitor to ensure many new visitors may experience the space. Additionally, staff may pause entry based on inside crowds.
Please note: The museum also offers discounted admission for economically challenged families through our Museums for All program, so our community may experience the museum at any time, without the crowds. Learn more
The i.d.e.a. Museum is a proud participant in Museums for All - a cooperative initiative between Association of Children’s Museum and Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This initiative allows families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and valid photo ID receive a discounted museum admission ($2 per person; limit 6 in a family) when they stop by the i.d.e.a. Museum.
This signature access program encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.