From the Field

Celebrate the 10th Annual Art Museum Day!

April 11, 2019

Join AAMD member museums across North America to participate in and celebrate the 10th Annual Art Museum Day on May 18, 2019.

We launched Art Museum Day ten years ago to underscore the ways in which art museums foster community, providing crucial opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn and be inspired by the limitlessness of what centuries of peoples and cultures have created. While many communities have celebrations that involve museum participation, Art Museum Day is an opportunity for our member institutions to coordinate and give back, providing everything from free admission to special programs.

AAMD’s Art Museum Day—organized in concert with ICOM’s International Museum Day—will take place on and around Saturday, May 18. In 2018, more than 150 museums participated.

AAMD Museums: if you have not yet registered to join Art Museum Day 2019, click here!


(Pictured above: Global Guide Tours through the Penn Museum’s Middle East Galleries are included with admission. Photo: Tom Stanley, Penn Museum)


Art Museum Day 2019: Participating Museums

Below is a list of participating museums for 2019, 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



Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford*

Three months of free membership (15 months for the price of 12) when you sign up on Art Museum Day

Two additional special tours will be offered on Art Museum Day.

Guests at Island Universe opening celebration. Photograph by Danna Yamile Gallegos.


Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego*


Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara*†

Sunday, May 19: Free admission and 10% discount on memberships


The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego*†

Celebrating Art Museum day on Friday, May 17


San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose*†

Sunday, May 19: The San José Museum of art will offer FREE ADMISSION as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) annual Art Museum Day and Viva CalleSJ.  Viva CalleSJ  is a free program that temporarily closes miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before.

San Jose Museum of Art


Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara*†

Sunday, May 19: Ensemble Free Day: A Day of All Possible Music

All ages are invited to enjoy a performance featuring artist Chris Kallmyer and friends activating the sculptural instrument in the Ensemble exhibition; interactive family guides, including musical scores and recipes; bell-inspired art activities in the Family Resource Center; pop-up musical moments; and refreshments.


Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, Solvang*†

Free Drop-in Recycled Art Activity from 1-4 p.m.



Aspen Art Museum, Aspen*

Art Museum Day is an annual event that celebrates how art museums foster and serve our communities. Every day is FREE at the AAM, but join us on Saturday for a guided tour at 1 PM and a $1 cup of coffee all day at SO Café. All are welcome!

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver†

Friday, May 17: Happy Art Museum Day! Admission is just $5 from 5–8 p.m. And all guests also enjoy discounts up to 25% at neighboring restaurants following their visit. Details at Museum reception.


Denver Art Museum, Denver

The Denver Art Museum will participate in the 10th annual Art Museum Day by offering free general admission to youth 18 and younger, as well as will offer complimentary tours to three museum exhibitions that are all included in general admission. They include:
- Free 45-minute tour of Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America at 1pm
- Free 45-minute tour of Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection at 1:30pm
- Free 45-minute tour of Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze at 2pm

Washington, DC

National Museum of Women in the Arts*

10% off in the Museum Shop

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling
March 22–July 28, 2019
This landmark exhibition of monumental sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard illuminates the process by which the artist gives outward visual form to her ideas and emotions.

More is More: Multiples
May 3–Sept. 22, 2019
Multiples—three-dimensional art objects produced in series of identical editions—find their way from the shelves of retail stores into museum collections and the homes of consumers worldwide. This focus exhibition highlights the medium’s sense of whimsy.

2019 Women's March on Washington Free Community Day at National Museum of Women in the Arts. Photo by Kevin Allen.




Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton*

Boca Raton Museum of Art. Image Credit: Eduardo Chacon


Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville*

Always free admission
Family Day: Young at Art, 1 – 4 pm
Guided exhibition tour: 2 pm
#ArtMuseumDay social media celebration: @harnmuseumofart, all day
10% discount for non-members in the Harn Museum Store, 10 am – 5 pm
20% discount in the Harn Museum Store for members, 10 am – 5 pm


NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale

Free Admission to the LGBTQ+ Art Community Symposium

A Sense of Pride: Visual Activists and New Identities

This is the final day to view the William J. Glackens and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions exhibition!


Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa*

Tampa Museum of Art Family Day

Free exhibition tours.
Free art-making activities for children and families from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Golding Scher Classroom.

10% discount in the Museum Store and the Riverwalk Café. $10.00 off all annual membership levels.


The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach*

#ArtMuseumDay @Wolfsonian

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—plus 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!).

Free and open to the public



High Museum of Art, Atlanta

10% off in the High Museum Shop; Regular-priced items only; Discounts do not apply to consignment products or memberships.


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

Free admission Sunday, May 19



Boise Art Museum, Boise†

Boise's museum and cultural attractions are coming together to celebrate International Museum Day.  All participating museums/attractions will host booths at the Idaho Fish and Game MK Nature Center.  The event will be held on Sunday, May 19th from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago†

The Art Institute of Chicago will be celebrating Art Museum Day on Thursday, May 16, 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. If you would like an overview or simply want to gain more working knowledge, this tour is a great place to start. Join us at the base of the Grand Staircase and begin from the beginning.

Artis Talk: Greg Bordowitz, 6:00p.m. -7:00p.m.
Using clips from his videos, writer, artist, and activist Gregg Bordowitz discusses the role of media in reducing harm. A discussion with the artist follows.


Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston*†

Sunday, May 19: The Block Museum of Art is always free and open to all.  We will celebrate #ArtMuseumDay with a free tour of our current exhibition "Caravans of Gold."  Join our docent team at 3PM on Sunday for a look inside this groundbreaking exhibition.


Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago*

10% discount in Museum Shop


Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago*

Sonic Abstractions, 2 pm:

Lional “Brother El” Freeman performs a live electronic composition in the special exhibition 'Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection' that explores the relationship between abstraction and blackness. Joining the performance will be students from a slam poetry club at Rowe Middle School.

Brother El performing in front of Glenn Ligon’s Stranger #68 (2012), on view in Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. Photo by Cecil McDonald, Jr.



Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University, Lawrence*


The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view. Celebrate International Museum Day with staff from the Spencer and KU Natural History Museum by learning about a 16th-century ceramic platter from France that is covered with plants and reptiles cast from real critters. Then create your own platter from clay.



Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville*

The Colby College Museum of Art is collaborating with our local cultural organizations; Waterville Creates!, Waterville Public Library, Waterville Opera House, and Maine Film Center in an annual celebration, Arts in Bloom.
Arts in Bloom is a day to celebrate the arts and spring here in Waterville! Each organization will provide fun, free programs, and family-friendly activities for all. So make sure to get your Art in Bloom passport ready and visit us here at the Museum.



The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore*

Admission to The Walters is always free, including exhibitions. Programs offered on Saturday, May 18th include: Drop-In Art Activities from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and a Walk-in Tour: Fashion in Art from 1–2 p.m.



Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge*

The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors today, in celebration of Art Museum Day and International Museum Day, organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Get up close with masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and more, and visit works by internationally recognized contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, and Kerry James Marshall. Also, check out the ""Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition,"" which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany.

We are also extending a 10% discount on all levels of memberships purchased at the museums today. Membership can be purchased at the admissions desk or in the shop. Visit our Members and Fellows pages to learn more about the benefits of supporting the museums’ mission to promote knowledge about and appreciation of art and art museums.

Share your experience via social media, with the hashtags #ArtMuseumDay and #MuseumDay; and tag us with #HarvardArtMuseums.

AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are held in conjunction, uniting the organizations’ memberships to celebrate museums and raise awareness about their importance in society.


MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge*

The List Visual Arts Center is pleased to join with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to celebrate Art Museum Day!

For Art Museum Day 2019, the List welcomes visitors to consider the Campus as Museum by exploring the Public Art Collection or view the exhibitions on view in our galleries. During Art Museum Day, the List Center will be featuring List Projects: Rose Salane.

Join in the conversation with the global museum community during your Art Museum Day visit by posting on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #mitlistarts.


Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton*

Free admission May 16 - 19!



Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City

Community Day:
a) Visit, Commented /Driven
b)conversation, Cuisine and art, Mother's Day and International Museum Day.
c)Jornadas por el Día internacional de los museos  con Ponentes.
d)Dialogue tables to present the MUNAL + Educa project
e)From the academic to the experimental drawing. In this activity, the public will be summoned to draw a nude model with pencils and pens.
f)Drawing class for students of artistic initiation with model.



Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit*


Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids

Opening for Maya Lin: Flow



Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha*

Guided Tours: Docent Choice at 10:30 am, Highlights of the American Collection at 1 pm

Photo courtesy of the Joslyn Art Museum


Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln*†

Look at Lunchtime

Thursday May 16, 12:15pm to 12:30pm

On the third Thursday of the month, a member of the Sheldon Museum of Art staff or University of Nebraska faculty leads a 15-minute dialogue about an artwork on view in the museum. On May 16, Genevieve Ellerbee, Sheldon's associate registrar, will facilitate a discussion of "Beer Street" and "Gin Lane" by William Hogarth.


New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Half-price admission and half-price memberships

Scavenger hunt throughout the museum



American Folk Art Museum, New York*

10% shop discount

Closer Look Tour at 1 PM: A tour of "Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art," led by museum gallery guides. Meet in the museum atrium.


The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning

Free admission for 17 and under. Free admission for Active Military and their families. 15% discount for AAA/CAA, College Students, 62+. Local discounts of 50%.

Tours of newly opened special exhibit New Glass Now. Make Your Own Glass experiences available (recommendations recommended).

Visit The Corning Museum of Glass to explore the possibilities of glass through diverse programming dedicated to contemporary glass, including dynamic exhibitions, installations, residencies, and public programs celebrating innovations in the material and the artists and designers who are pushing those boundaries.

New Glass Now is a pivotal exhibition featuring the work of 100 living artists representing 32 nationalities and 25 countries, selected from more than a thousand submissions by a panel of curators who have things to say. More than a mind-bending snapshot of glass right now, New Glass Now challenges visitors to see the Museum’s objects, demonstrations, activities, and events in a new light.

The Corning Museum of Glass. Photo courtesy of the museum


The Frick Collection, New York

50% discount on exhibition catalogues in the Frick Museum Shop 5/18

Gallery programs will take place throughout the day. For more info, visit

Photo credit: Lucas Chilczuk


Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York*

10% off on exhibition catalogues

Installation view of "Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran" (2016) at Grey Art Gallery


Guggenheim Museum, New York

Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Guggenheim Museum with 2-for-1 admission, 10% off at The Wright restaurant, and a free gift at the Guggenheim Store when you spend $25 or more!

Interior of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © SRGF, NY.


The Jewish Museum, New York*


Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester

50% off admission on May 18
$7.50 general admission
$6 senior citizens (62+)
$3 college students with ID
$3 children 6–18

FREE for children 5 and under

Photo courtesy of Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester


The Museum at FIT, New York*

In celebration of AAMD's Museum Day, join The Museum at FIT and  Dr. Mikaila Brown, as we take an anthropological expedition of Harlem's innovative and empowering fashion scene. Through our live Instagram stories, Brown will conduct a two hour shopping tour, revealing the evolution of black fashion in America, as well as visits to the best local boutiques along 125th Street. This event will take place 1-3 pm on May 18th.


Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase*†

Sunday, May 19: Free Admission


North Carolina

Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham*

10:15 AM–12:15 PM
Sketching in the Galleries: Scott Renk

Explore your artistic side through an informal sketching program held on the third Saturday of each month.

Durham artist Scott Renk leads today’s program, which begins with a brief demonstration of ways to respond to art by drawing. Participants then move through the galleries to continue sketching. Free with general museum admission.

Nasher Museum of Art photo by J. Caldwell



North Dakota

Plains Art Museum, Fargo*

Celebrate Art Museum Day at Plains Art Museum! Stop by between 4:00-6:00 pm to pull an original print designed by Hannahers, Inc. Print Studio Manager Amanda Heidt. As always, admission to the galleries is free thanks to support from our donors and members.



Akron Art Museum, Akron*

25% off new membership

Gallery Talk and Education Programming


The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown*

The Butler Institute of American Art will celebrate Art Museum Day for a whole week of May 10 through May 18, 2019 with a Butler Collection Scavenger Hunt for museum visitors to participate in for a chance to win a prize pack including a set of art supplies with case, along with signed Chen Chi watercolor, drawing and poetry books.
On May 10, the Butler will host tours and art activities for Campbell City Schools in celebration of Art Museum Day.
Also on May 10th The Butler Museum Store will offer visitors 10% off Museum Store purchases and a free poster with any Museum Store purchase of $40 or more.


Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati*

Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum & See:

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Join us for the following programs:
See the Story Book Club: The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro
May 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Artist Workshop: Radical Fashion
May 18, 2019 at 01:00 PM

Public Tour with ASL Interpretation
May 18, 2019 at 01:00 PM

Family ARTventures Tours Saturday at 2 p.m. 


Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus*†

Sunday, May 19: Free admission

Visitors enjoy Life in the Age of Rembrandt at Columbus Museum of Art


Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland*

moCa Cleveland is delighted to participate in Art Museum Day. In addition to activities designed specifically for early learners (ages 6 and under) and their Bigs, moCa presents Sonic Blossom by artist Lee Mingwei from 1 - 4 PM. Sonic Blossom is an interactive performance that imparts the gift of song to visitors. At 2:30 PM, local artist and educator Sarah Paul will give an Artists on Art Talk inspired by Sonic Blossom.


Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus*†

Sunday, May 19: Free admission


Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati*

Enjoy free admission from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

From realistic landscapes to colorful abstraction, celebrate artistic styles as diverse as the United States. Trace a century of the modern creative spirit when you view Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings from the Phillips Collection.

Explore the whimsical sculpture by Patrick Dougherty on the front lawn.

$10 off a new membership to the Taft Museum of Art.

Join the May sketch outing of the Urban Sketchers Cincinnati chapter at 10 a.m. outside the gates of the Taft.


Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

$4 off adult tickets to Slingsby Theatre Company’s “The Young King,” a family-friendly adaptation of an Oscar Wilde story.

$2 off tickets to the evening screening of the film “Ray & Liz”

10% discount on any purchases at the Wexner Center Store

Wexner Center for the Arts, by Katie Spengler Gentry



Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa*



Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor

Discounted admission

Guided Tour of the Exhibitions. Pop-Up art activity for the Mayor's Walk to celebrate Windsor's 127th Birthday


Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

ROM International Museum Day and Art Museum Day activities:

ROM Speaks
International Museum Day Lecture
Greeting the Spring: Chinese Colour Prints from Suzhou
Celebrate International Museum Day with Clarissa von Spee of the Cleveland Museum of Art as she explores the meaning behind popular 17th century prints from Suzhou, China. Depicting fashionable women, chubby boys, and beautiful garden settings, these prints express auspicious wishes and the aspiration for wealth and success for the recipients.
Tues May 14, 2019
7 PM, Eaton Theatre

ROM Connects
International Museum Day
Faces for Eternity: Romano-Egyptian Mummy Portraits at the ROM
Join us for the unveiling of ROM's newest acquisition – a spectacular Romano-Egyptian Mummy portrait of a woman with an intriguing history. Curator Paul Denis will place the ROM's mummy portraits in their historical context, then trace the portrait's long journey from the Fayum region of Egypt to Toronto, with a few extra stops along the way. Originally one of a pair brought to the ROM by Director Charles T. Currelly, this display marks the first time in over a century that the two pieces will be together again. Paul Denis unravels the twisted path that these two unique objects have taken; from discovery and purchase to being separated and finally reunited in time for International Museum Day.
Sat May 18, 2019
2 PM, Eaton Theatre



Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene*

Lecture at 2 p.m.


Portland Art Museum, Portland*†

Friday, May 17: Free Admission



The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh†

From 1:30–5pm, visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to explore some of Andy Warhol’s signature art-making techniques in The Factory, The Warhol’s underground studio. Hands-on activities include watercolor painting, blotted-line drawing, acetate collage, silkscreen printing, and more. To learn the silkscreen printing process, participants may choose from a variety of images and colors of ink to print on paper or fabric. T-shirts, tote bags, and other materials for printing are available for purchase for a nominal fee, allowing visitors to create their own one-of-a-kind artworks and souvenirs.

The Factory is run by artist educators with backgrounds in fine arts, art education, and art history. These artist educators have extensive knowledge of Warhol’s art and life and are happy to answer questions about the artist and the museum.

Sponsored by NOVA Chemicals.

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, entrance, photo © Abby Warhola


Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford*

Celebrate #ArtMuseumDay at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Enjoy free all-day admission and a docent-led tour of the Museum's galleries at 11 a.m. Visit to learn more.


Penn Museum, Philadelphia*

In addition to the Penn Museum's Daily Dig (a 15-minute conversational "deep dive" into one of the Museum's objects in its collections), and its public tour, take a walk through history with a Global Guide tour: a tour of the Middle East Galleries with a person originally from Syria or Iraq. What better way to learn about the culture of another place than to speak to someone who grew up there? Through the Global Guides Program, the Museum offers gallery tours led by immigrants and refugees. Not only do they share historical information about the artifacts on display, the guides also combine personal experiences and stories to interpret objects from their countries of origin.

Global Guide Tours through the Penn Museum’s Middle East Galleries are included with admission. Photo: Tom Stanley, Penn Museum.


Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia*



Frist Art Museum, Nashville*

High school students examine the contemplative work of Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani in the Frist Art Museum’s Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery. Photo by Peyton Hoge.



The Contemporary Austin, Austin*


Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth*

Kimbell Art Museum, Photo by Nic Lehoux

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth*

Roxy Paine, Conjoined, 2007. Photo by David Wharton, courtesy Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth


Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas*†

Friday, May 17: The Nasher Sculpture Center is celebrating Art Museum Day with free admission from 11am-Midnight. There will be fun family friendly activities, bands performing, and a film in the Garden.


San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio

The Museum is celebrating Art Museum Day with a BOGO—buy one, get one free—admission.
BONUS: Tre Trattoria, the Museum restaurant, will offer 10% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages and the Museum Shop will offer 10% off selected items.

10:15 a.m.: Meditation in the Galleries
11:00 a.m.: Welcome Tour: A Special Tour for Newcomers



Shelburne Museum, Shelburne†

Half-price admission to Shelburne Museum on Friday, May 17, to celebrate National Museum Day.



Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond*

To celebrate the 10th Annual Art Museum Day, VMFA will offer free admission to "Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment."

Power down, unplug, and join a voyage into the visionary art of Tibetan Buddhism. The journey from clamor to contemplation unfolds as you progress through a series of immersive spaces, engaging with spectacular art along the way. Nearly 100 objects, both historical and contemporary, are drawn largely from two of the country’s most extraordinary collections of Himalayan art: the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Visitors are given the opportunity not only to view spectacular Buddhist art from the 9th century to as recent as 2016, but also to take part in the narrative it presents of a quest for enlightenment. For participants and viewers alike, the exhibition offers a pause from the ordinary noise of daily living and a chance to contemplate and reflect.

The Three Protectors of Tibet (detail), 2008, Tsherin Sherpa (Nepalese, born 1968), ink and colors on cotton, 17 3/4 x 38 5/8 in.  Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, acquisition made possible by the Tibetan Study Group, 2016.305




Henry Art Gallery, Seattle*

Come discover contemporary art and celebrate Art Museum Day at the Henry! Explore our current exhibitions and spend some time in our James Turrell Skyspace.

Visitors engaging with works from the Henry Collection at the Reed Collection Study Center. The Study Center makes the museum’s collection of more than 28,000 objects accessible to everyone (with advance notice). Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit


Seattle Art Museum, Seattle*

10% discount in SAM Shop