LMMM Joins Smithsonian Museum Day

LMMM Docent Charon Campbell gives a tour of the exhibition, Health, Healing & Addiction in 19th Century America, Summer 2021, photo courtesy of LMMM (contributed photo)

Norwalk, CT – The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 18, 2021, 12-4 p.m. as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. This year’s event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company.

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. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion.

With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, “Experience America,” represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way. While tickets will be free of charge, participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.

LMMM Executive Director Susan Gilgore said, “The Board of Trustees and I are thrilled to join, once again, Smithsonian magazine and offer universal access to all Museum Day participants. Visitors will have an opportunity to view the Museum’s ongoing exhibition, Health, Healing & Addiction in 19th Century America, sponsored in part by CT Humanities, and a new exhibition titled, Envisioning Space: Architecture Through the Ages in collaboration with Stamford Art Association.”

Museum Day tickets will be available for download at Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay beginning August 18, 2021. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay.

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