Heritage Museum of Orange County
Joins Smithsonian's National Museum Day Live!
Saturday, Sept. 29
Visitors with downloadable tickets get free admission to unique historical venue
SANTA ANA, CA (MMD Newswire) September 13, 2012 -- On Saturday, Sept. 29th , from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Heritage Museum of Orange County will open its doors free of charge as it joins the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum Day Live!, a program designed to make cultural education accessible to everyone.
Tickets to this one day only event are available now at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Each ticket provides free entrance for two visitors and only one ticket is permitted per household, and per email address.
According to a Smithsonian spokesperson, last year's event attracted more than 350,000 people to 1,400 participating museums across the country. Close to 400,000 visitors are expected to attend this year.
"We are excited and honored to be part of National Museum Day Live!" said Candace Chromy, executive director of the Heritage Museum of Orange County. "We encourage everyone who is interested in learning more about Orange County's rich history - its agricultural roots, its founders and citizens - to take advantage of this unique opportunity. We can assure you, it will be a fun day for the whole family. It is like stepping into a time machine."
National Museum Day Live! is sponsored by Smithsonian Media, which comprises Smithsonian Magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network and the Smithsonian Channel. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.
Heritage Museum of Orange County is one of the most unique cultural and natural history centers in Southern California, with late 19th century buildings, citrus groves and manicured floral gardens covering 12 acres of prime Santa Ana Unified School District property. It is dedicated to preserving, promoting and restoring the heritage or Orange County and the surrounding region through quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages. Among the most popular programs are educational field trips attended by more than 16,000 elementary school students yearly. More information about the museum can be found at www.heritagemuseumoc.org, or by calling (714) 540-0404.