Historic New Harmony will offer free tours on Saturday, September 28, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! allows free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. The guided walking tours, offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., begin at the Atheneum/Visitors Center, 401 N. Arthur Street in New Harmony, Indiana.
Museum Day Live! represents Smithsonian’s commitment to making learning and knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants.
Located in southwestern Indiana along the Wabash River, New Harmony was founded by the Harmonie Society in 1814 as a religious community and sold to social reformer Robert Owen in 1825. Owen and business partner William Maclure hoped to establish a model community where education and social equality would flourish. The town boasts numerous historic sites and exhibits connected with both Utopian communities, as well as modern architectural masterpieces, unique gardens, shops, restaurants, public art and galleries.
“Participation in Museum Day Live! is a great way to share the New Harmony experience with more people, and celebrates the historical connection between the Robert Owen legacy and the founding of the Smithsonian,” said Missy Parkison, Historic New Harmony’s community engagement manager.
Owen’s son Robert Dale Owen was a founding regent of the Smithsonian Institution. He and his brother David Dale Owen were instrumental in the construction of the Smithsonian Institution’s Castle, the oldest building on the National Mall.
Museum Day Live! tickets may be downloaded at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only.
One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
Historic New Harmony is a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.