Museums are cool. Museums can also be pricey, especially if you want to take the whole family.
But not on Saturday. It's National Museum Day, and participating museums around the country are offering free admission.
In the Bradenton area, the participating facilities are the South Florida Museum, Manatee Village Historical Park, the Florida Railroad Museum and the Ringling. There are lots of others an easy drive away.
You can't just show up and get in free, though. You have to go to smithsonianmag.com/museumday. ("Smithsonian" magazine is the sponsor of National Museum Day.) You have to create an account, then you click on "Museum Day," choose your museum and download your tickets. It takes only a few seconds.
You can get more than two tickets by having a friend or family member create and separate account.
-- Marty Clear