IMS Museum Celebrating 2019 Smithsonian “Museum Day” with Free Admission Sept. 21

(REMINDER: You must download your free ticket from the Smithsonian’s website before arriving at the IMS Museum. Click here:
Tickets will not be available onsite; you will be charged regular IMS Museum admission prices ($10/adult, $8/youth 6-15) if you do not present a Smithsonian Day complimentary ticket. Thank you for understanding!)

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is participating in the 2019 Smithsonian Museum Day on Saturday, Sept. 21, and offering free admission for two guests with every Museum Day ticket downloaded from

The Smithsonian’s Museum Day is a nationwide one-day opportunity for the public to enjoy free admission to participating museums, and “an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine,” according to the preeminent museum’s website.

Beginning Thursday, August 15, tickets for IMS Museum free admission on Museum Day will be available for download at:

Museum Day is the perfect time to visit the IMS Museum, as the 2019 featured exhibit, “Mario Andretti: ICON” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline, anchors the Museum’s attractions, but visitors will also experience two “mini-exhibits” honoring other titans of motorsports.

The Andretti Autosport NTT IndyCar Series team is owned by Mario Andretti’s son, Michael, and four of the team’s five Indianapolis 500-winning cars are on display: cars driven by Dan Wheldon (2005 winner), Dario Franchitti (2007), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014) and Alexander Rossi (2016).

Team Penske, owned by global business titan and 18-time Indianapolis 500-winning team owner Roger Penske, celebrated its 50th year at the “500” in 2019 and won its 500th race in major-league racing in September 2018. The exhibit, “Penske’s First 500,” at the IMS Museum celebrates these accomplishments with a combination of historic and contemporary IndyCars and NASCAR stock cars.

As always, the IMS also features numerous historic Indianapolis 500-winning cars and displays chronicling the illustrious history, pageantry and innovation borne at IMS. Family-friendly educational activities are also planned for the day.

For more information on Smithsonian Museum Day, visit, and a friendly reminder: IMS Museum Members receive free admission all year!


About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with a focus on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its role as a global icon of sporting tradition and innovation.

Located inside the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and foundation grants  for its operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts, exhibits and events.

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