Promote your Smithsonian Museum Day Live activities with us!

MD_logo_smallOn September 28, 2013, many Smithsonian Affiliates will be opening their doors for FREE as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket.

So far, more than 60 Smithsonian Affiliates are participating and many will even have special Smithsonian programs coinciding with Museum Day Live! We’d like to help you promote your Museum Day Live! activities by sharing them on The Affiliate blog and our social media platforms as well as share them with our colleagues at We’ll be featuring Affiliates on The Affiliate blog throughout August and September and highlighting Smithsonian collections, exhibits, programs and more in Affiliate neighborhoods.

Follow these guidelines and email Elizabeth Bugbee ( to submit blog ideas.

  • There must be a Smithsonian connection. It can be a new program or event or bringing new life to an ongoing loan or exhibit from the Smithsonian at your organization.
  • Please send a brief description of the program, exhibit, loan, etc.
  • Please send a great photo to post on our blog and social media.
  • Let us know who to contact for more information.
Septembers with the Smithsonian at The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Septembers with the Smithsonian at The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Here’s a small selection of what’s happening in your neighborhood on September 28. And stay tuned for blogs throughout August and September highlighting these events and more!

The Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach, Florida): It’s the 3rd Annual Septembers with the Smithsonian at the museum. Each week, MOAS will welcome a special Smithsonian speaker on topics such as archeology, biology and paleobiology. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) will treat visitors to “Swingin’ with the Smithsonian,” on 9.28, complete with a vocalist and featuring the Ella Fitzgerald songbook. Check out the entire month’s program schedule at


Lydia Mendoza; photo courtesy Courtesy Lydia Mendoza.

Lydia Mendoza; photo courtesy Courtesy Lydia Mendoza.


American Jazz Museum (Kansas City, Missouri): In Spanish the word “sabor” means “flavor” and is often used to describe good music. Sample the unique ingredients of Latino Music in the U.S. and indulge in sabor musical dishes across America in the exhibition American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. On view through October 27, the exhibition focuses on five major centers of Latino popular music production in the years after World War II – New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio, and San Francisco.


Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Cody, Wyoming): The “Mother of all Swiss Army knives” is currently on view thanks to a loan from the National Museum of American History. If you count the miniatures inside, it has 100 “blades,” and yes, even a functional .22-caliber five-shot pinfire revolver. The one modern convenience it doesn’t seem to have is a bottle opener, but the bottle cap as we know it wasn’t invented until 1892. The collection (64 objects from the National Firearms Collection) is on long-term loan to the Center.


The “Mother of all Swiss Army knives” on view at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

To see the full list of participating Affiliate organizations, click here.

To register your museum for Museum Day Live!, click here.