National Museum of Industrial History joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th Annual Museum Day

National Museum of Industrial History joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th Annual Museum Day

Bethlehem, PA – The National Museum of Industrial History will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 22, 2018 from 10am to 3:30pm as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th 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 represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.  “Museum Day is a great way for the community to see what the National Museum of Industrial History has to offer, check out our permanent exhibits, and learn more about the programs we offer throughout the year,” said Glenn Koehler, the museum’s Marketing and Outreach Coordinator.  “Not only will patrons get to see the full museum as a part of Museum Day, we’re offering 20% discounts on all memberships that allow patrons to come all year long for one low price, allow access to some paid events for free, and get special sneak peeks at upcoming exhibits.”

During this year’s Museum Day, patrons will get a look at NMIH’s latest exhibit, Hot Off the Press: Printing and Papermaking, a hands-on look at how the printed word revolutionized the spread of knowledge throughout the world running now through October.  From the Gutenberg press to linotype machines, like those seen in the hit movie The Post, NMIH’s exhibit gives an in-depth and interactive look at how printing presses, paper, and ink were used to spark the most influential industry on the planet.

In coordination with our youth programming and our “Hot Off the Press: Printing and Papermaking” exhibit, NMIH will be making Pressman’s Hats in the Education Center. These hats made out of a sheet of newspaper were worn by press operators as early as 1748 to avoid getting grease, oil, and paper lint in their hair.  Learn more about the Pressman’s Hat, the history of papermaking, and the invention and technological advancements in the print industry during this fun family program!.

Museum Day tickets are for download at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. 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

About the National Museum of Industrial History
A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history.  

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (

Media Contact
Glenn Koehler
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator


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