Claremore Daily Progress

September 8, 2012

Memorial joins Smithsonian’s ‘National Museum Day Live!’

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Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore will open its doors free to ticketed participants on Saturday, Sept. 29, along with more than 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live!

The successful program, in which Will Rogers Memorial Museum will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.
Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For the one day only, Will Rogers Memorial Museum will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Last year’s event drew more than 350,000 visitors to museums nationwide  and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.
“We expect a great response on Museum Day Live!” says Steve Gragert, director of the Memorial Museum. “We value such a unique collaboration with museums throughout the country.”
Will Rogers Memorial Museum overlooks the city of Claremore and honors the famed humorist and philosopher Will Rogers, born Nov. 4, 1879 on an Oologah, Indian Territory Ranch, and died Aug. 15, 1935 in an Alaska plane crash.
Learn about the life, wisdom and humor of Will Rogers, Cherokee cowboy. Experience his passion as a family man, trick roper, actor and philanthropist and view his saddles, art and memorabilia.
Hear his voice on radio replays and watch one of his 71 motion pictures. Enjoy the hands-on Children’s Museum and other interactive exhibits and stroll the sunken garden and rolling hill grounds.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, 12 miles north of Claremore, is also open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information visit
The Museum Day Live! ticket is available now at Visitors who present the ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. 
One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. A list of participating museums and cultural institutions are on the Smithsonian website.