Two Solvang museums, the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature and the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, will offer free admission on Saturday, Sept. 21, in recognition of the 15thannual national Museum Day.
Also participating in Santa Barbara County will be the Guadalupe Dunes
Center, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
The special day is led by the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encouraging learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.
Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. More than 450,000 free tickets were downloaded for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.
Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/museum day. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues. A full list of participating museums, which will be continually updated, can be found at Smithsonian.com/museum day/search.
The Elverhoj Museum at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum Day is part of its annual living-history festival during Danish Days weekend.
Artisans and craftspeople will demonstrate and entertain visitors with bobbin lace making, rosemaling, spinning, papercutting, and Viking jewelry making. Guests can make paper craft decorations, get creative with Viking rune stamps, weave paper stars, and dress up and snap a selfie with a Viking.
The Wildling Museum at 1511-B Mission Drive in Solvang will provide a special family art activity and hands-on activities throughout its galleries.