A day to explore

. October 23, 2012.

There's no better resource for expanding a child's world than a museum, and there's no shortage of them in the area. But Smithsonian magazine wants to make it even easier to enjoy our cultural and natural heritage with its annual Museum Day, Saturday, September 29. Participating museums nationwide offer free admission for the day, with complementary tickets available for download on the magazine's website. Up to two people from any household are eligible for the free admission; additional guests must purchase tickets at regular pricing. In the Ann Arbor area, the University of Michigan has thrown its support behind Museum Day, with both the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Matthaei Botanical Gardens participating. So, whether you want to explore the rich tradition of fine art or our area's natural wonders, Smithsonian has you covered.

UMMA, 525 S. State St. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday