Visit state attractions free, cheaper Saturday

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Many Tennessee museums and attractions will open their doors to Tennesseans for free or reduced admission on Jan. 15 in a cooperative agreement celebrating the inauguration of Gov.-elect Bill Haslam.

Haslam and his wife, Crissy Haslam, are following a tradition started by Gov. Phil Bredesen to raise interest in and celebrate Tennessee’s cultural attractions as a feature of the inauguration.

Free admission is being offered on Jan. 15 to the following area attractions:

American Museum of Science and Energy of Oak Ridge, Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Green McAddoo Cultural Center of Clinton; Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center of Townsend; Beck Cultural Exchange Center of Knoxville; Blount Mansion National Historic Landmark of Knoxville; Crescent Bend House and Gardens, The Armstrong-Lockette House of Knoxville; Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Farragut Folklife Museum; Fountain City Art Center;  Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Knoxville Museum of Art; Mabry-Hazen House of Knoxville; Marble Springs Historic Site of Knoxville; Ramsey House Plantation of Knoxville; The Museum of East Tennessee History of Knoxville; Fort Loudoun State Historic Park of Vonore; Sequoyah Birth Place Museum of Vonore; American Oldies Theater of Pigeon Forge; and Tennessee Museum of Aviation of Sevierville.

Offering half price on admission are Museum of Appalachia at Norris; Chattanooga Zoo; Creative Discovery Museum of Chattanooga and Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

For a detailed schedule and more information, visit the Inaugural 2011 website at www.billhaslam.net. The site is being continually updated to reflect additional information and activities.

For information about all the regional attractions, visit www.billhaslam.net/attractions.