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

Big Horn, WY (September 13, 2017)— The Brinton 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. Educators and parents will be able to utilize the Smithsonian material based lesson plans to enhance the Museum Day Live! experience. The link to the lesson plans can be found on the museum website at

“Being involved with Museum Day Live! ever since its very beginning has become an important tradition for The Brinton Museum! We look forward to seeing new Smithsonian Magazine subscribers in the area taking advantage of the free day to come and see what the Brinton has to offer,” remarked Barbara Schuster, museum staff responsible for marketing and development.

Currently on exhibit at the museum, in addition to the historic Brinton Ranch House with its original art and furnishings, are the permanent galleries in the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building with “Western Art from the Permanent Collections” and American Indian Art and Artifacts in “To Honor the Plains Nations”, as well as “Wyoming Point of View”, showcasing art by Lorenzo Chavez, Bruce Graham, Skip Whitcomb, Kathy Wipfler and Dan Young, and a “50 Year Retrospective” of trompe l’oeil works by Gary Erbe. Do not miss the newly installed old time Quarter Circle A Leather Workshop with expert leather carver and artist Jim Jackson!

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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Ken Schuster, Director and Chief Curator
Barbara McNab, Curator of Exhibitions and Eductaion

Barbara Schuster, Marketing and Development

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