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Save the date: free museum admission this Saturday, Sept. 24th

View of the front entrance to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, in D.C., photographed from the mezzanine level ((Courtesy jeffok714 /myBudgetTravel)

Museums can be one of the most enriching and memorable parts of a vacation, but—as anyone who's shelled out $20 or more per person to visit can attest—entry fees can really add up.

This Saturday, September 24th, Smithsonian Magazine is making it easier to get your culture fix by offering free tickets to more than 1,300 museums across the country. That includes entry to big-name attractions like the Intrepid Museum, in New York City—which typically charges $24 each for adults—the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston (normally $22), the Pacific Aviation Museum, in Pearl Harbor ($15), and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta ($18). More museums taking part in the promotion can be found online here.

This is the 7th year the magazine has offered this deal. Joe Battle, the promotions coordinator for Smithsonian media, said in a telephone interview that more than 500,000 people participated in the event last year. "This year, we're already on track for more visitors," Battle said. "Any museum with non-profit status can take part, and we have close to 1,400 across the country involved."

To get tickets, you can register online for two tickets per household. They will be available until the end of the day on Saturday.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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