Furloughed federal employees! Looking for something fun during your imposed staycation? We’re offering free admission to the Museum of Frederick County History and the Roger Brooke Taney House and buy one, get one walking tour tickets to you for the duration of the government shutdown. Just show your government ID.
Museums Offer Free Admission to Furloughed Employees
The Museum of Frederick County History and Roger Brooke Taney House museum and historic site in downtown Frederick are offering free admission to furloughed federal workers for the duration of the government shutdown.
"We know this is a difficult time for a number of affected families, and that some federal employees have extra time on their hands right now,” stated Duane Doxzen, Acting Executive Director for the Historical Society of Frederick County, who operates the museums. “It’s something we can do for people while furthering our mission.”
The Historical Society is eager to make local history and its programs accessible to all. It also offers free admission to active duty military service personnel all summer long through the Blue Star Museums program, provides a free admission week for residents each year, and holds a number of free museum events and educational programs throughout the year.
“We do rely on admission and program fees to help us maintain our collections and facilities and fund our public programs, but we also never want the price of admission to be barrier for county residents and visitors to discover Frederick County’s history,” said Doxzen. “Of course, one way to have free admission all the time is to become a supporting member.”
The Museum of Frederick County History is located at 24 East Church Street, Frederick and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum has evening hours on Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. The Roger B. Taney House is located at 121 South Bentz Street, Frederick and is open Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In addition to free museum admission for furloughed workers, the Historical Society is offering buy-one-get-one tickets for its regular weekend Downtown Walking Tour of Frederick. The discount also is good for the Murder and Mayhem Walking Tours being held every Friday and Saturday evening in October at 7:00 p.m.
“We hope the shutdown is over and everyone is back to work soon,” stated Doxzen.
The Historical Society of Frederick County is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Frederick County’s history with people of all ages and backgrounds. For information about the organization, its museums and research center, and upcoming programs, visit www.frederickhistory.org or call 301-663-1188.