Free admission for participants presenting Museum Day Live! tickets on Sept. 26 The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will open its doors free of charge Sept. 26 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 11th Annual Museum Day Live!
As a nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting Museum Day Live! tickets at a participating museum or cultural institution. The event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to follow the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C.
According to event organizers, last year’s event attracted more than 400,000 participants nationwide, and this year’s event expects record-high attendance as well.
The Ximenez-House is located in historic, downtown St. Augustine at 20 Aviles St. “We welcome locals and visitors to join us for free tours of the House and property, and access to our Museum and gift shop,” said Julie Vaill-Gatlin, executive director of the Ximenez-Fatio House. “We believe it’s important to be involved in the national museum day to provide access and education about our local history for all who wish to join us,” she said. Museum Day Live! tickets are available to download at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.
Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! tickets will gain free entrance for two attendees at the Ximenez-Fatio House on Sept. 26. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit the website at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/?no-ist.
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tours of the buildings and rooms are available from 11 am until 3:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Tours are free for St. Johns County residents. Normal admission pricing for adults is $7; families $15, and for students, seniors and military $5. Group tours are welcome at $4.50 per 10 or more. The property is available for group functions including weddings and events.