On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine.

A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors who print the admission card available on the Smithsonian Web site at museums and cultural institutions nationwide.

Last year, upwards of 200,000 people attended Museum Day, with all 50 states plus Puerto Rico represented by over 900 participating museums, including 84 Smithsonian affiliate museums. This year, the magazine expects to attract over 1,000 museums.

Pass through the giant mesquite doors, and you will understand why the Museum of South Texas History is unlike any other! Rio Grande Legacy, MOSTHistory’s signature exhibit, takes you through more than five centuries of history - from the pre-historic era, European and Mexican exploration, wars and development of ranches and towns. In River Crossroads, experience the 20th century from the arrival of the railroad, agricultural development, the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution and World Wars to the rapid changes of the post-war years.

The third gallery is located in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, a Texas Historic Landmark, and is used for changing exhibitions and also houses the Margaret McAllen Memorial Archives. The Museum’s expansive archive collection contains the Valley’s largest collection of historical photographs, plus documents and maps, available for research in the expanded quarters.

MOSTHistory’s latest expansion, the Will Looney Legacy Park, is an outdoor retreat for visitors. The park is equiped with a life-size windmill, native plants and a bronze sculpture created by Southwestern artist Deborah Copenhaver Fellows.

So why delay? Come discover our region’s rich history and traditions! Make us your next family outing, and we will surely take you on a journey like no other!

Founded in 1970 with the launch of Smithsonian magazine, Smithsonian Media—comprising Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Publishing Digital Network, Smithsonian Books and advertising for Smithsonian Channel—allows the intellectually curious to indulge and engage their passions for history, the arts, science, the natural world, culture and travel. Smithsonian Media’s flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, has a circulation of more than two million. This multimedia network is also affiliated with the world’s most visited museum and research complexes at the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit www.smithsonian.com, www.airspacemag.com, and www.gosmithsonian.com

Visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household. Listings and links to participating museums’ can also be found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

The Museum of South Texas History is located on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Edinburg.