15th Annual Museum Day

15th Annual Museum Day


The Howard County Museum in Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 450,000 tickets were downloaded for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

“Museum Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our local history. For visitors, it’s a way to enjoy the beauty of Seiberling Mansion and see and hear some of the fascinating stories from Indiana’s past.” said museum director Dave Broman.

The Seiberling Mansion was built in 1891 by industrialist Monroe Seiberling. He was one of the first entrepreneurs to take advantage of the huge natural gas field discovered under east central Indiana, and led the change from an agricultural economy to one of manufacturing. Seiberling built the Diamond Plate Glass factory in Kokomo, which was the largest and most sophisticated such plant in the country at that time. He was instrumental in a number of other developments in the region before the gas fields depleted, then moved on to other projects outside of Indiana. Today, visitors have the opportunity to see rooms restored to their Victorian elegance as well as exhibits representing the history of the county and its people.

Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 21, 2019. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated, can be found at Smithsonian.com/museumday/search.

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