Sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine, Museum Day Live!, is something you will be sad to miss– especially if you’ve been wanting to visit your local science center or children’s museum. It’s an opportunity to visit some of the historic sites you’ve been putting off, or love, for free. Neighborhood museums across the country are participating.
Last year, my husband and I trekked to Thomas Jefferson’s lesser known property, Poplar Forest. The couple hour drive alone was perfect for two new (and slightly frazzled) parents—with open roads and parts of Virginia we hadn’t visited before. Our baby loved being outdoors, and we especially loved how quiet she was on the car ride south. The house and gardens were beautiful, and since it’s a bit away from the city, we figured probably less crowded than some of the nearby participating museums.
Sadly, I just checked it out, and it looks like Poplar Forest isn’t a participating site this year. Some of my favorite nearby museums you can check out on the 29th are: