Press Release: Historic Bath Site Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th Annual Museum Day Live!


Anna Muscarella, High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine

Historic Bath Site Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th Annual Museum Day Live!
Free Admission for All Presenting a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Ticket
only on Saturday, September 27th

Bath, NC – Saturday, September 27th from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Historic Bath Site will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014 as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“We are so excited to be a part of Museum Day Live! for the first time ever this year. The Smithsonian is world renowned and focuses on giving knowledge and opening its doors to all people no matter what age they are or where they’re from. We are excited to bring that sentiment to the forefront at Historic Bath Site, and proud to partner with the Smithsonian, and many other museums and cultural institutions throughout North Carolina and the country, on Saturday, September 27th,” says Jamie Mesrobian, Assistant Site Manager at Historic Bath Site.

The Historic Bath Site Visitor Center is located at 207 Carteret Street, Bath NC and will be open from 9:00am – 5:00pm for the event. At the Visitor Center, guests will be able to present their Museum Day Live! ticket to sign up for free guided historic home tours of the 1751 Palmer-Marsh House and 1830 Bonner House on Saturday, September 27th only. Tours will be limited to 30 people due to space constraints in the historic homes. It is suggested that visitors arrive early to sign up for tour times on the day. Bonner House tours will be offered at: 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00, while tours of the Palmer-Marsh House will occur at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00. Throughout the day, visitors to the site will also be able to witness, and participate in, different 18th and 19th century craft demonstrations and play some colonial games!

Guests who come to Historic Bath Site on Saturday, September 27th without a Museum Day Live! ticket will pay the regular fees for the tours which are $2.00 per adult and $1.00 per youth (Grades K-12). The cost mentioned reflects payment for one house tour. 

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit:

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, and Smithsonian Media Digital Network. Smithsonian Media is a dvision of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

Historic Bath State Historic Site Media Contact

Jamie Mesrobian, Assistant Site Manager
Phone: (252)-923-3971

About Historic Bath State Historic Site

Historic Bath State Historic Site is one of the sites within the Department of Cultural Resources’ Division of State Historic Sites & Properties that people can visit to learn of our state’s interesting and varied history. Historic Bath is also a member of the Historic Albemarle Tour.

Bath is a town of firsts! The town became North Carolina’s first town; it was incorporated in 1705. Christopher Gale, the first chief justice of the colony, resided here. Bath became the first official port of entry for the colony, the location of the first public library in North Carolina and the first shipyard was established here. Visiting Bath today, it is easy to see how this protected little harbor appealed to early settlers, and, of course, Blackbeard.

To begin your experience, come by the Visitor Center to purchase tickets to take a guided tour through our two historic homes, the Palmer-Marsh House (1751) and the Joseph Bonner House (1830). Watch the 15 minute orientation video and visit our museum store. The Van Der Veer House hosts exhibits, and there are gardens, family graveyards belonging to our historic homes and Bonner’s Point to explore.

Tickets and information are available at the Visitor Center: 207 Carteret Street Bath, NC 27808, Tuesday-Saturday 9a.m.-5p,m (final house tour begins at 4p.m.). For more information about directions, tickets, special events and programs, group tours, weddings and parties, and more please contact: (252)-923-3971 or visit:

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. 

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit


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