From the Field

Celebrate the 9th Annual Art Museum Day!

April 11, 2018

Visit AAMD member museums across North America to participate in this year’s Art Museum Day on May 18, 2018. The theme for Art Museum Day 2018 is Hyperconnected Museums, a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person.

Last year, 161 museums participated, providing everything from free admission to special programs. Art Museum Day recognizes that museums are often important civic anchors, offering inspiring and educational experiences in ways that make towns, cities, and regions better places for everyone who lives and works there. Hyperconnected Museums also serve as engines for the creative economy, tapping the human creativity embedded in works of art—whether thousands of years old or as recent as 2018—to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking.

AAMD Museums: if you have not yet registered to join Art Museum Day 2018, click here!

AAMD’s Art Museum Day—organized in concert with ICOM’s International Museum Day—will take place on and around Thursday, May 18. Below is a list of participating museums for 2018.


Above photo: the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Photo by Defining Studios, courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum


AAMD Member Museums Celebrating Art Museum Day 2018

Following is a list of AAMD member museums participating in Art Museum Day 2018. Note that while ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

*Free Admission including special exhibitions
**Free general admission, not including special exhibitions
†Celebrating Art Museum Day on a date other than May 18



Anchorage Museum, Anchorage

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 18

Join us to commemorate the Anchorage Museum’s 50th anniversary and International Museum Day/Art Museums Day. Dress in 1960s attire, take a museum history tour, join our “Happy Birthday” sing-along. Vintage 1968-era pricing for Alaska residents only for this day: $2.17.

Birthday Cake and Celebration - Noon, Atrium
Special Anchorage Museum History Tours
11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m.
Join a special tour through the museum building’s past from 1968 through today.



Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix*

Free on-site photo booth with Art Museum Day 2018 commemorative photos

$18 off a new membership
Free gifts for members and new members



Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley*

Guided tours of the exhibition Way Bay, a wide-ranging exploration of 200 years of Bay Area creative energies.

Language Project with Shaghayegh Cyrous: a participatory workshop incorporating performance, storytelling, and recording that offers workshop members an opportunity to connect and exchange histories and languages.

As a "cultural town square" for our communities, BAMPFA offers an exciting, welcoming place to come together around new ways of thinking, seeing, and participating creatively in our culture.

Berkeley  Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Photo courtesy of BAMPFA


Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA*†

Free admission from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Free film screening at 7:00 p.m.


Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara*


Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach*†

Sunday May 20:

• Free admission sponsored by Target
• 10 % discount on new memberships if you sign up during your visit to MOLAA
• Docent led tours starting at 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM


The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego*


Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara*



Aspen Art Museum, Aspen*†

Free admission every day!

On Saturday May 19, enjoy brewed coffee along and free Wi-Fi in the museum café


Denver Art Museum, Denver

Free general admission for youth 18 and younger

Tours and hands-on artmaking in the 3-D Studio. Included with free general admission for youth 18 and younger.

Denver Art Museum. ©Jeff Goldberg-Esto



Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford*

Enjoy free admission and special Hartford-themed tours in celebration of Art Museum Day!
Held in concert with ICOM’s International Museum Day each year, the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day is an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world.

Art Museum Day Tours:
11:30 am: Museum Highlights

1:00 pm: Museum Highlights

2:30 pm: Abstract Expressionist Painting & Sculpture


Yale Center for British Art, New Haven*

Introductory Tours
Friday, May 18, 11 am and 2 pm

Join a docent-led tour of the Center's collections, including a look at the Founder’s Room.


District of Columbia

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum*

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will celebrate Art Museum Day on Friday, May 18, with free admission and special activities.

Join Curator Lee Talbot at noon for a free tour of the exhibition "Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China," which showcases dazzling costumes worn by Chinese minority cultures for festival celebrations. Try your hand at cross-stitch embroidery techniques inspired by the exhibition in our new educational gallery, "Textiles 101."

Photo by Harrison Jones / The George Washington University


National Museum of Women in the Arts*

Exhibitions on View
Hung Liu In Print
January 19–July 8, 2018
Adapting figures from historical Chinese photographs, Hung Liu (b. 1948) reimagines antique depictions of laborers, refugees and prostitutes. After toiling for four years in rice and wheat fields as part of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, Liu trained as a painter in her native China and later California, where she lives and works today. To create her works on paper, she blends an array of printing and collage techniques, developing highly textured surfaces, veils of color and screens of drip marks that transform the figures in each composition. Recently, Liu has begun to explore historical American subjects, particularly families caught in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, a context of struggle and migration that resonates for the artist. This focus exhibition continues NMWA’s exploration of innovations in printmaking, a medium in which women have worked since at least the 16th century.

Women House
March 9‒May 28, 2018
Questions about a woman’s “place” resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas persist about the house as a feminine space. This eye-opening exhibition features more than thirty global artists who conceive of home as a place for demonstration and liberation rather than a space solely for nurturing comfort and stability. This new exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project Womanhouse, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Similar to their artistic foremothers in the 1970s, contemporary artists in Women House recast conventional ideas about women and the home with acuity and wit, creating provocative photographs, videos, sculptures and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands. Organized across eight themes—including “Desperate Housewife” and “Mobile Homes”—Women House emphasizes the plurality of contemporary women artists’ views on the home. NMWA is the only U.S. venue for this cutting-edge exhibition organized by La Monnaie de Paris.

Making a Living: Women Artists Illustrating Books
March 26–July 27, 2018
Many women artists in the first half of the 20th century found work illustrating books. Working for large or niche publishing houses, creating cartoons or caricatures, or writing and illustrating their own books, these women managed careers as illustrators while also working for recognition as painters and printmakers. Featuring books and archival documentation, the exhibition includes artists such as Edna Reindel, Vanessa Bell, and Loïs Mailou Jones.

Photo by Emily Haight, National Museum of Women in the Arts


The Phillips Collection*

12pm: Free Spotlight Talk Spotlight Talks are 15 minutes of discussion focusing on different works of art from the museum's permanent collection.


The Phillips Collection. Photo: Rhiannon Newman




The Bass, Miami Beach*

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Photography by Zachary Balber, courtesy of The Bass, Miami Beach.


Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton*†

Free admission Sunday, May 20


Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando*†

Thursday, May 17: Free admission 

Special discounts:

$60 Dual/Family Memberships (regular cost: $80)

20% off of OMA branded merchandise in the gift shop! Members save an additional 10%.


Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach*


The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach*

#ArtMuseumDay @Wolfsonian

Friday, May 18, all day (10am–9pm)

One day. Free admission. Special perks. Every year, The Wolfsonian joins hundreds of AAMD member institutions by waiving admission and inviting everyone to enjoy art and design at no cost. Take advantage of a 10% discount in our chic design store or become a member at 25%-off the Popular and Dual/Family levels—and if you show us a little love on Instagram, we’ll throw in a free American coffee and super stylish Wolfsonian mug (yup, it’s worth it!).

Also, stick around in the evening for a free staff-led guided tour, 6–6:45pm, and a free Into the Stacks session with Bookleggers Library's own Nathaniel Sandler, 7–8:30pm. RSVP is required for Into the Stacks at, as space is limited.



Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta*†

Free admission on Sunday, May 20



Boise Art Museum, Boise†

Boise's museums and cultural attractions are coming together to celebrate International Museum Day. All participating museums/attractions will host booths at the World Center for Birds of Prey. The event will be held on Sunday, May 20th from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago†

The Art Institute of Chicago will be celebrating Art Museum Day on Thursday, May 17, with free admission for Illinois residents from 5:00p.m.- 8:00p.m.

Plan your visit and experience any of the following programs:

Museum Orientation Tour, 5:30p.m. -6:30p.m.
Whether you're a new visitor or a seasoned member, the Art Institute can be overwhelming. It is, after all, one of the world's great encyclopedic art museums, which means that it is big. Very big. If you would like an overview or simply want to gain more working knowledge, this tour is a great place to start. Join us in Gallery 100 (at the base of the Grand Staircase) and begin from the beginning

Performance: Marc Ribot, 6:00p.m. -7:00p.m.
Join us as eclectic guitarist and composer Marc Ribot presents an intimate in-gallery solo performance in response to the paintings of Ivan Albright. Presented in association with the exhibition Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston*

Mention Art Museum Day 2018 for a free poster giveaway at Block Museum front desk.

Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University


Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago*

Special exhibitions: 'Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground' and 'Tang Chang: Painting that is Painted with Poetry is Profoundly Beautiful'



Newfields, Indianapolis*†

Free admission on May 22



Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville*

Show your favorite artwork some love by taking a selfie with precut hearts found within the galleries. Don't forget to tag us, @colbymuseum and #ArtMuseumDay, #AAMD


Portland Museum of Art, Portland*†

On May 17th, the Portland Museum of Art will be offering a highlights tour and screening the film "M" as part of our curated Weimar film series.



The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore*

10% off purchases in the Museum Store for Art Museum Day visitors (20% off for museum members)



Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover*†

Photographers Among Us Gallery Tour
Thursday, May 17, 11:00 am
Curator Tessa Hite will lead visitors through the galleries to discuss the themes and works presented in the exhibition. This event, organized with Andover's Memorial Hall Library, is free, but space is limited; please register online at or call 978.623.8430.


The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown


Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge*

The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors on May 18, 2018. Additionally, receive a 10% discount on memberships purchased on Art Museum Day. Explore the collections galleries of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, and see the special exhibition "Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55." Also on display is a special loan from the Van Gogh Museum, "Snow-Covered Field with a Harrow," which you can view in Gallery 2700 on Level 2.

Harvard Art Museums. Photo: Schippert+Martin Photography

MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge*


Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge*

Make the most of your visit with an orientation talk! Let our expert gallery guides introduce you to the art and life of Norman Rockwell and the special highlights of our collection. Offered at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free with Museum admission


Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton*†

Free admission May 17-20



Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City*†

May 18 | Free admission
May 19 | $50.00 MX MN | students and teachers 50% discount

The Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso has organized a ground breaking Public Education mini-marathon initiative in collaboration with Museomix MX. This international initiative seeks to build new ways of experiencing museums. Hacedores, an innovative design company is supporting this initiative. This activity is intended to encourage young people to think of new ways for the Public to explore , enjoy and understand our country’a famous murals and ensure future generations can do the same.

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso



Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit*

Special programming in the art-making studio



Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis*



Sheldon Memorial Art Museum, Lincoln*†

Thursday, May 17:

12:15pm: Join us for a special "Look! at Lunchtime" discussion of the gallery installation "Josef Sudek: Poet of Prague." Bring a brown-bag lunch—we'll provide Czech baked goods for dessert!

Admission is free.


New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Membership discounts


American Folk Art Museum, New York*

1 PM: exhibition tour with the Museum's Education Fellow. The gallery tour will focus on the current exhibition. The works in Vestiges and Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic show expansive worlds inside the minds of the artists. In many cases, the works do so not through representational pictures but through coded systems and ad hoc languages. This interactive tour will focus on works that are not pictorial representations of the artist’s imagination but are nonetheless visual records of the artist’s creative activities and inner worlds.

New Perspectives tours are led by the American Folk Art Museum teaching fellow, an emerging scholar in art education, art history, or a related field. The topics of the tours are based on the fellow’s ongoing research and are designed to engage participants in focused examinations of selected objects. The current American Folk Art Museum teaching fellow is Matthew Capezzuto, a doctoral student in the Department of Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York*

In celebration of Art Museum Day, the Grey Art Gallery of New York University is offering free admission and a 10% discount on Grey publications.


Hudson River Museum, Yonkers*

2pm: Laura Vookles, Chair of the Curatorial Department, and Assistant Curator Ted Barrow will explore works on view in the permanent collection as well as the HRM Object of the Month for May, Samuel Colman's "Moonlight in Venice."


Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester

25% off one item in our Gallery Store
$5 Coupon for SHORTS one stop art activity
Save 50% on any new Family Membership (Reg. $95/ Now $47.50/ Sorry, not for renewals!)

Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica*


The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City*


Sugar Hill Children's Museum, New York*†

Sunday, May 20: The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling celebrates Art Museum Day with Playdate! Free Third Sundays at Sugar Hill featuring exhibitions, storytelling, art-making workshops and more!


New Jersey

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair†

Life in Bloom: Garden to Table
FREE with Museum admission

Art in Bloom is a biennial celebration of floral designs inspired by the art in MAM's galleries. For this special 10th Anniversary, the Montclair Art Museum is adding Life in Bloom, a community event that takes the theme of Art in Bloom from the garden to the table with a focus on local food, home gardens, and healthy eating choices. Learn to grow it, source it, and cook it from an interactive panel including a master gardener, beekeeper, and local chef. Discover resources in our community with a dynamic fair featuring partners that specialize in habits for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle from slow food to sustainable agriculture, CSAs to composting, and foraging to fermenting. The Museum will also be collecting food donations for the Human Needs Food Pantry.

MAM galleries, including Art in Bloom, are open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Regular museum admission applies and includes all community event activities: $12 adults, $10 students/seniors/veterans with ID, and FREE for members and children under 12. For more information about the full Art in Bloom 10th Anniversary celebration, visit


New Mexico

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

Art activities in the galleries


North Carolina

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham*



Akron Art Museum, Akron*†

Free admission Thursday, May 17. Come join us for a day of fun and family programming!


Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin*

The Allen Memorial Art Museum will offer a special tour of the centennial exhibition "A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Japanese Prints" at 10:15 am, as part of its "AMAM in the AM" series.


Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati*

1pm: Public Tour: Highlights of the Permanent Collection
11am, 2pm & 3pm: Baby Tours: High Contrast
11am-5pm: MyCAM Art Treks - Create Your Own Art Museum Adventure
11am-5pm: Rosenthal Education Center - Art of Asia

Exhibitions on View
Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China (admission fee)
Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors and Scenes from Western Culture
William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance
Cagnacci: Painting Beauty and Death
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
Marcel Duchamp: Boîte-en-valise
Mementos of Affection


Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus*†

Sunday, May 20:

Last day to see the special exhibitions William L. Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography and Family Pictures. William L. Hawkins showcases the artist's intense, bold, playful works. Family Pictures traces the way artists have used photography to challenge images of African American life since the postwar period.

Initiate a conversation with one of CMA's trained guides between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to get your questions answered, chat about a work of art, or be privy to an inside story.

Columbus Museum of Art


Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus*†

Saturday, May 19: "Inherent Structure," an exhibition featuring 16 contemporary artists whose respective works move beyond the formal considerations of abstraction to reflect material, personal, and political concerns.



Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa*†

Free admission Sunday, May 20



Portland Art Museum, Portland*†

Free admission Friday, May 25



Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Friday, May 18, 2018
6–9 p.m.

Colorful Horoscopes and Cocktails
The Warhol entrance space
Co-presented with Journeys of Life
In conjunction with the exhibition "Adman: Andy Warhol Before Pop", join us for a coloring party led by artist educators and themed with music, specialty cocktails, and astrology and tarot card readings by Judi Vitale and Angel Lozada, intuitive counselors from Journeys of Life. Sip a cocktail and color shoe, butterfly and cupid drawings just like Warhol did in the 1950s with his friends and fellow artists. Also, enjoy half-price museum admission during Good Fridays and see the special exhibition on the second floor.
Free; Registration is suggested; Visit


Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford*

Celebrate #ArtMuseumDay at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Friday, May 18. Enjoy free all-day admission, a docent-led tour of the Museum's galleries, and a special gallery talk with Museum curators highlighting three generations of Wyeth art. Visit to learn more!


Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia*


Penn Museum, Philadelphia*

On Friday, May 18, the Penn Museum offers a day of free Museum general admission as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day.

This offer does not apply to pre-registered tours or group visits. Group visits should be booked in advance to confirm availability. Groups are considered parties of 10 people or more. For more information, visit

Penn Museum


Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia*



Frist Art Museum, Nashville*



The Contemporary Austin, Austin*


Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth*

Kimbell Social Club

Come to the Kimbell on select Friday evenings for a showcase of live local music, hearty hors d’oeuvres, half-price wines, and craft beer from local breweries.

This event is presented in partnership with the Fort Worth Weekly.

Cash bar; no reservations required. Go to or follow the Kimbell on Facebook for regular updates on performers and beer selections.


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth*†

Sunday, May 20: Free admission

Docent-guided tour at 2pm

Photo by David Wharton. Courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth


Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas*

fun family-friendly in gallery activity



Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City*†

Saturday, May 19

Third Saturday for Families, 1-4 pm, a free monthly art making program. Visitors will be invited to stroll the UMFA's American and Regional galleries to study the assortment of still life paintings and prints, and then use props to draw their own still lifes with pastels in the education classroom.

Guests at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts contemplate a secular art piece in the European Gallery.



Henry Art Gallery, Seattle*†

Free admission May 26


Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

Mention Art Museum Day and receive 10% off in the SAM Shop