Conner Prairie sees record attendance on annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

A record number of visitors enjoyed free admission Sept. 23 during Conner Prairie’s annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Staff Report
A record number of visitors enjoyed free admission to Conner Prairie on Sept. 23, which was the museum’s annual Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Day.

On that day, 4,871 visitors discovered Conner Prairie at no charge. They toured the museum’s historic grounds, took flight in the 1859 Balloon Voyage, experienced indoor exhibits Create.Connect and Discovery Station and Craft Corner, and shopped in both the Conner Prairie Store and the Apple Store.

Conner Prairie has been a Smithsonian Affiliate since 2008. The affiliation allows the museum to utilize Smithsonian resources throughout the year and offers valued-added perks at some membership levels.

A look back at past Museum Day Live! attendance:

2016: 3,037
2015: 2,410
2014: 2,938
2013: 3,874
2012: 4,658
2011: 3,051
2010: 3,801
2009: 2,367
2008: 1,058

In 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama, more than 200 Smithsonian Affiliate organizations are connecting the Smithsonian with their local communities. Conner Prairie has been a Smithsonian Affiliate since 2008.

Visitors to Smithsonian affiliates throughout the country may view major works of art, historic objects of flight, wonders of nature, icons of American history and other artifacts, artworks and scientific specimens from the Smithsonian’s national collections throughout the year. Smithsonian affiliates may also offer special educational programs designed for schools, centers serving preschool and kindergarten through grade 12 students and adult learners.

Families visiting Conner Prairie on Smithsonian Museum Day Live! explore the interior (above) and exterior (below) of Treetop Outpost.

Membership is the most cost-effective way to experience all that Conner Prairie has to offer. Those who sign up to become Explorer- and Conner Society-level members of Conner Prairie will also receive a free membership to the Smithsonian Institute, made possible by the museum’s Smithsonian Affiliate status.

Smithsonian museums are the most widely visible part of the Smithsonian Institution and consist of 19 museums and galleries in the U.S. and the National Zoological Park. Seventeen of the museums are located in Washington, D.C., with 11 on the National Mall.