The Mathias Ham House and the Dubuque Museum of Art will open their doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! Ticket.

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the Dubuque Museum of Art will be open from 1 – 4 p.m. and the Mathias Ham House Historic Site will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a final guided tour beginning at 3:30.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at both the Mathias Ham House and the Dubuque Museum of Art on September 23, 2017. One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

About the Dubuque Museum of Art

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), founded in 1874 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2004, is Iowa’s oldest cultural institution. Named a national affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2016, DuMA’s mission is to excite, engage and serve diverse communities within the Tri-State area through our collections, exhibitions and educational programs. We connect generations of people to their cultural heritage and exceptional art. DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets.

Museum hours are Tuesday–Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. The museum is closed on Mondays. Daily admission rates are: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, and $3 College/University Students. The museum is free on Thursdays, and those 18 and younger receive free admission every day, thanks to Prudential Financial. Website:

About the Mathias Ham House Historic Site

Affiliated with the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mathias Ham House Historic Site is a living reflection of its wealthy builder, Mathias Ham. Costumed interpreters provided guided tours of the site comprised of the elegant Mathias Ham House, Iowa’s oldest building—an 1833 settler’s log cabin, a one-room school house, and a replica lead mine and miner’s dwelling.

The home is open Wednesday through Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During fall, winter and spring seasons, the home is open on select dates and for special events only. Regular admission rates are: $5 Adults, $3.50 Children 3-17. Website:

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