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Friday, September 21, 2018

5 Great Charities to Visit on Museum Day


On Saturday, September 22, the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring Museum Day. Visitors can purchase a ticket through the Smithsonian Magazine that allows them to visit any (and as many) of the participating museums on that day. This is a great opportunity to visit and explore some of the cultural and historical institutions in your neighborhood.

The list of more than 1,500 participating museums includes a variety of art, science, history, and children’s institutions. Keep reading to learn more about a few of them and use Charity Navigator to explore others before you plan your visit.


Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Cody, WY)
☆☆☆☆
The voice of the American West

Founded in 1917 as the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a museum that educates the public by advancing knowledge about the American West through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting a broad spectrum of collections. Founded to preserve the legacy and vision of Colonel William F. Cody, the Center is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the West; over the years it has become much more than a monument to the life and times of Buffalo Bill. The Center is comprised of five museums and a research library: the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Draper Museum of Natural History, and the Harold McCracken Research Library.

International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport, RI)
☆☆☆
There’s no higher court

As part of the global tennis community, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is committed to preserving tennis history, celebrating its champions, and educating and inspiring a worldwide audience. The Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame re-opened on May 20, 2015, after a complete renovation. It now features highly interactive, completely redesigned exhibits. And, it showcases more of the collection than ever before. The new museum offers a comprehensive and intriguing narrative of tennis history in an engaging manner.

Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito, CA)
☆☆☆☆
Transforming research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving

The mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum is to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem-solving. The Museum operates a physical campus at Fort Baker in Sausalito, California. In 2011, they launched the Center for Childhood Creativity as its research and advisory division. Creativity is the foundation of all other milestones in educational development. The BADM is transforming the outcomes for children and the implications for society. At its one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, designed to ignite creativity, STEM skills, and critical thinking. The Museum has a robust school visits program (over 8,500 school children visit annually), camps & classes and operates a licensed preschool. 

The Mint Museums (Charlotte, NC)
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Experience art

Two unique museums make up The Mint Museums: the Mint Museum of Art (MMA) and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (MMCD). Opened in 1936 as North Carolina's first art museum, the MMA is a rich and diverse resource with noted collections of American art, pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics, American decorative arts, historic costumes and accessories, African art, Asian art, historic maps, contemporary art, and photography. Enhancing the permanent collections is an active schedule of changing exhibitions and education programs. The MMCD features a permanent collection documenting contemporary studio craft, tracing the movement's historical roots in the 19th century and its relationship to traditional decorative arts and industrial design.

The Bakken Museum (Minneapolis, MN)
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A one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world

The Bakken Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism. It is a museum with electrifying exhibits and activities that are fun for kids and families and an education center that offers top quality hands-on programs for students and teachers. The Bakken has the world's leading collection of books and artifacts on the history of electricity in life.

You can find the full list of museums participating in the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day here, and use Charity Navigator to learn more about them. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to explore the unique museums in your area.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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