Study joins Smithsonian’s 17th Annual Museum Day

Free admission on Saturday with a downloadable ticket

The Gen. Lew Wallace Study is shown on Wednesday.
The Gen. Lew Wallace Study is shown on Wednesday.
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The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day tickets will be available for download at beginning August 18, 2021. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at

The annual event allows museums, zoos, and cultural centers from all 50 states to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. This year’s event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company.

Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors — it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion.

With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way. While tickets will be free of charge, participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.

The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum’s current annual exhibit, “Versatile Genius: Lew Wallace’s Creative Endeavors,” is open in the Carriage House Interpretive Center 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday free of charge. Museum staff encourages visitors to wear masks and maintain six feet social distancing.

For more information, contact Larry Paarlberg at 765-362-5769 or


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