American Bookbinders Museum joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th Annual Museum Day

Free Admission on September 22 with a downloadable Museum Day Ticket

The American Bookbinders Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 22, 2018, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity, in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity, and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

The theme of this year’s Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation, and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.

“We are delighted to participate in the Smithsonian’s National Museum Day,” explains Anita Engles, Executive Director of the American Bookbinders Museum. “We hope that people who have never heard of us, or might not have come otherwise, will visit us and find out for themselves how fascinating the story of the book is and see examples of modern hand bookbinding.”

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the history, tools, and stories of bookbinders and bookbinding, from its earliest forms through the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution. In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies. In addition to its regular exhibit, ABM is currently featuring an exhibit of work by members of the Hand Bookbinders of California.

Museum Day tickets will be available for download at, beginning August 15. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums register, can can be found at

For more information, please visit

Anita Engles • American Bookbinders Museum
415-824-9754 •

Erin Frelich • High 10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day
212-913-9254 •

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