Free Admission on September 22 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

Leonardtown, MD – St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park will open their doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 22, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day. The event is a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums follow the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract even more museum-goers.

The theme of this year’s Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture and emboldening others to be pioneers as well. “Our museums have such a unique story to tell and being part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day helps us to reach new audiences that may never have experienced our sites before due to a variety of circumstances.” said Karen Stone, St. Mary’s County Museum Manager.

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division was established by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to collect, preserve, research and interpret the historic sites and artifacts which illustrate the natural and cultural histories of St. Mary’s County and the Potomac River. With this as its charter, the Museum Division serves as a resource, liaison and community advocate for all St. Mary’s County public and private cultural assets.

The St. Mary’s County Museum Division manages 94 acres of property and 4 historic sites, including the St. Clement’s Island Museum; the Little Red Schoolhouse; the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park; the Drayden African-American Schoolhouse; and the U-1105 Black Panther Shipwreck Preserve. The division also assists with the monitoring and maintenance of St. Clement’s Island State Park and the U.S. Colored Troops Interpretive Center.

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free admission for two at participating venues on September 22. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which is continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay/Search.

More information about the event can be found at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay.

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