LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Olympic Museum, located in the Olympic Center on Main Street, will open its doors free of charge Saturday, along with more than 1,400 other participating venues across the nation for Smithsonian Magazine's eighth annual Museum Day Live.
This program will match the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's facilities in Washington, D.C., fulfilling Smithsonian's mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone.
Also participating in the North Country are the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown, the Potsdam Public Museum, the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum in Watertown.
For this day only, the museums will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live ticket at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Smithsonian allows one ticket for two people per household, per email address.
Last year's event drew more 350,000 museum-goers nationwide, and this year's Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.
"We always enjoy the spirit of this event and the wonderful opportunity it offers to join museums across the country and open our doors to the public free of charge," Olympic Museum Manager Alison Haas said in a press release. "It gives everyone a chance to see our recent renovations and experience Lake Placid's and America's Olympic history firsthand."