Conner Prairie offers free admission on Smithsonian magazine’s fifth annual Museum Day

Museum Day 2009 poised to be largest to date

FISHERS, Ind. (Sept. 23, 2009) – On Saturday, September 26, 2009, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Indiana’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, will participate in the fifth annual Smithsonian Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. A celebration of culture, learning and dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based properties. Conner Prairie will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors who bring the Museum Day admission card with them.

Last year, upwards of 200,000 people attended Museum Day across the country, with all 50 states plus Puerto Rico represented by 900 participating museums, including 84 Smithsonian Affiliate museums. This year, the magazine expects to attract even more attendees.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Smithsonian magazine to allow Smithsonian readers and friends to experience our premier educational and cultural institution on Museum Day” says Ellen M. Rosenthal, president & CEO of Conner Prairie. “We fully support Smithsonian magazine’s mission to inspire a passion for history, the arts, science, the natural world, culture and travel.”

Attendees must present the Museum Day admission card to gain free entry. Visit to download the card or find it in the September 2009 issue of Smithsonian. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household. Free admission does not include entry into special exhibits.


Conner Prairie interactive history park, created by Eli Lilly in 1934, is Indiana’s only Smithsonian Affiliate. Families of today engage, explore and discover what it was like to live and play in Indiana’s past. Explore five themed historic areas on 200 beautiful, wooded acres including the newest exhibit, 1859 Balloon Voyage. This exhibit educates guests about Indiana’s aviation history and culminates with a voyage 350 feet above the prairie in a tethered helium balloon. Every visit is a unique adventure that provides an authentic look into the history that shapes us today. Admission to Conner Prairie is $12 adult, $11 senior, $8 youth (ages 2-12) and free for members and children under 2. Balloon voyage fee is $15 for non-members and $12 for members. A $5 off coupon is available at BP am/pm convenience stores. For a list of participating stores or for more information about Conner Prairie visit or call 317.776.6006 or 800.966.1836.

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