Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Free admission Saturday to the Virginia Museum of Transportation

SD-40 cab at the Virginia Museum of Transportation

SD-40 cab at the Virginia Museum of Transportation

CLICK HERE and download your free Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each card provides  useum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household.

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, the Virginia Museum ofTransportation will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors museums and cultural institutions nationwide. A Museum Day Admission Card is required for free admission.

Last year, upwards of 200,000 people attended Museum Day, with all 50 states plus Puerto Rico represented by over 900 participating museums, including 84 Smithsonian affiliate museums. This year, the magazine expects over 1,000 museums to participate. “We have a good relationship with the Smithsonian Institution and are delighted to participate in the Smithsonian’s Museum Day program,” says Virginia Museum of Transportation executive director Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr. “We’re in the planning stage to improve our facility, our exhibits and our visitor experience, and we’re remarkably fortunate to be working with William L. Withuhn, curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. With over 25 years experience at the Smithsonian, he is considered the nation’s top transportation exhibition planner and developer.”

Home to two of the most powerful steam locomotives still in existence today-the Norfolk & Western Class A 1218 and the Class J 611 built here in Roanoke-the Virginia Museum of Transportation regularly attracts visitors of all ages from across the U.S. and 45 foreign countries. Through exhibits,  artifacts, and an outstanding collection of rail equipment, cars, trucks, and more, the Museum tells the rich story of Virginia’s transportation heritage.

Listings and links to participating museums’ can also be found at

Posted By Valerie Garner

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