Culture and education for free!

Access 17 Oregon museums with a ticket from Smithsonian Magazine

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

In times like these, there isn't a word more pleasant to hear than “free.”

On Sept. 29, Smithsonian Magazine is partnering with museums across the United States for “Museum Day Live!.” With a downloadable ticket from www.smithsonianmag.com, you and a guest can get free admission into one of the participating museums, including 17 in Oregon.

The list includes the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Oregon History Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum and the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum.

Here are a few of the exhibits currently on display across the state:

• The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. Through Dec. 30, the museum is taking a look at the work of Charles M. Schulz, the creator of beloved characters such as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy. “Good Grief! A selection of Original Art from 50 Years of Charles M. Schulz's 'Peanuts'” features 25 comic strips from his career (five selections from each decade). For more information, visit jsma.uoregon.edu.

• Located in Portland, the Oregon History Museum recently opened a new permanent exhibit called “Oregon Voices: Change and Challenge in Modern Oregon.” The interactive exhibit “gives visitors a chance to explore the issues and events that shaped Oregon from 1950 forward,” according to the museum's website. The exhibit complements the award-winning “Oregon My Oregon” that covers the history of the state from its earliest settlements to current issues. For more information, visit www.ohs.org.

• Established in 2001, Ashland's ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum features nearly 100 interactive exhibits, live science shows and an outdoor garden. Currently on display, “Sportsology” teaches children the science behind sports. Testing their own bodies, visitors can “explore different kinds of athletic abilities including strength, speed, endurance, balance, coordination and agility,” according to the museum's website. For more information, visit www.scienceworksmuseum.org.