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The Museum Joins Smithsonian’s 13th Annual Museum Day Live

Free Admission on September 23, 2017 with a
Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket

The McCreary County Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.
Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. Over 200,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

This year, Museum Day Live! will feature special interactive lesson plans created by Smithsonian in partnership with Microsoft using Minecraft: Education Edition. The McCreary County Museum will be able to utilize the Smithsonian material based lesson plans to enhance the Museum Day Live! experience.

“Museum Day Live! offers a nationwide partnership among museums and an opportunity for museumgoers to glimpse into Historic Stearns and McCreary County’s past that may otherwise be missed,” said Shane Gilreath, the director of the McCreary County Museum.

Located in the heart of Historic Stearns, the McCreary County Museum is housed in the old Stearns Coal and Lumber Company Corporate headquarters, originally constructed in 1907, and was the epicenter of operations that grew to provide Stearns the moniker, “Empire of the South.”
The historic area also features the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, Stearns Golf Course, Whistle Stop, and local craft, gift, and sweet shops.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 23, 2017. One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

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