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
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham
10% discount in museum store
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco*†
Celebrate Art Museum Day and welcome Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with FREE admission on Sunday, May 5.
The Asian Art Museum is transforming, adding a new exhibition pavilion, art terrace and updating our collection galleries. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2020. The museum is open during construction.
On May 15, be among the first to view our newly renovated third-floor galleries and masterpieces, a key early milestone of our transformation. Home to our collection of art from South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, the Himalayas, and ancient China, these galleries have been updated with enhanced interpretative tools, casework, and lighting. See our Masterpieces in Context, newly designed installations that highlight the museum's most significant works and show how they are part of living traditions.
The museum's second-floor galleries will be closed for updating beginning May 15.
A Burmese throne on view in the newly updated collection galleries.
Cantor Arts Center at 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.
The Getty Villa, Malibu*
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles*
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
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach*†
Sunday May 19: Free Admission
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is offering one (1) free OMCA tote bag in celebration of Art Museum Day on Saturday, May 18 with each admission purchase while supplies last.
Special exhibition Queer California: Untold Stories is now on view through August 11, 2019. (Odell Hussey Photography)
Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana*
Family Day Celebration
25% off in the museum store
OCMA’s new temporary space is a great place for families to be creative and spend quality time together. Credit: Lauren Hillary
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
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford*
GALLERY TALK Noon - Professor Midori Yamamura on Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkin (2018)
Tours in Spanish, French, Chinese, and English, Live Music
Celebrate International Museum Day in a multitude of languages! A day of dialogue between cultures with gallery talks, tours, and music.
Photo courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven*
10 percent off your entire purchase in the Museum Shop
Introductory Tours at 11 am and 2 pm
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven*
20% off in the museum bookstore
Highlights Tour, 1:30pm
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will celebrate Art Museum Day and the European Month of Culture on Saturday, May 18. Learn about traditional costumes, enjoy storytime, and create arts and crafts inspired by Lithuania and other EU nations. You can also explore the museum's hands-on learning center, Textiles 101.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens celebrates the 10th anniversary of Art Museum Day with a special offer on new memberships. Join Hillwood on May 18th and receive $5 off individual and family level memberships.
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.
Thursday, May 16: Free admission, 20% off memberships, 10% off at the shop and 10% off at the cafe.
6:30pm: Artist talk from Ranjani Shettar
Howard Mehring, Interval, 1967, Acrylic on canvas 84 1/8 x 70 7/8 in.; 213.6775 x 180.0225 cm.. Gift of Marjorie Phillips 1968. Paintings, 1345, American.
The Bass, Miami Beach*
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
Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg*
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables*
10% Discount on membership at any level
Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg
On Saturday, May 18, 2018 the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St Petersburg celebrates Art Museum Day with 20% off new Individual and Dual annual memberships (discount not offered on renewals). As a Member of the oldest and largest art museum in St Petersburg, you will have immediate access to 5,000 years of art and culture, early viewing of rotating world-class exhibits, Member programming, and discounts at the MFA Café and the Museum Store. In addition to MFA benefits, you receive reciprocal benefits at hundreds of other museums across the country.
Kidding Around Family Yoga and Make & Take Family Art Activity
Same-day 20% discount at The MFA Store for any New members on Saturday, May 18
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!
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando*
10% off items in our shop, 20% off items in shop for members
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*
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
Museum of Contemporary Art 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.
May 31: Free Admission
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines*
A conversational docent-led exploration of the Art Center’s world-renowned collection and award-winning architecture. Photo by Brittany Brooke Crow, Des Moines, 2018
Figge Art Museum, Davenport*
Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas University, Lawrence*
ART CART PLANTS, LIZARDS, AND SNAKES 1PM – 3:30PM
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.
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita*
General admission is free to everyone on Saturdays, thanks to Colby Sandlian of Sandlian Realty
Saturdays are busy at WAM with the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition. Deepen your enjoyment and learning in WAM galleries by talking with docents who will share their knowledge and insights about O’Keeffe. Ask questions, and learn new perspectives about this iconic modern artist. Converse and engage with docents in the exhibition. No reservation required, however, non-members must purchase exhibition tickets.
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.
Portland Museum of Art, Portland*†
Sunday May 19: Free Admission
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore*
The BMA offers free general admission every day and hosts a free Surrealist Film Screening on Saturday, May 18 with films by the Brothers Quay, Guillermo del Toro, Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney, and others from 5-10 pm.
The Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo by Mitro Hood
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.
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover*†
Artist Talk: John Goodman
The photographer will discuss the recently rediscovered works on view in the current exhibition John Goodman: not recent color. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 19, 2:00 pm
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 Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City*
Play: An Adventure in the Museum
Concert and play that will show us why to love museums, galleries and culture.
Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City
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.
Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Regular fee: $40 pesos
50% off for students, teachers, UNAM, ISSSTE and IMSS retired (with valid ID)
Free admission for: kids under 12 years old, people in wheelchair + 1 companion, visitors with INAPAM ID, members of ICOM, AMPROM, CIMAM and press (withg valid ID)
Plus, from 18:00 to 20:00 hours there will be free admission for everyone Also free for children under 12 and people in wheelchair with one companion
Museums as re-activators of political memory
In the conceptual framework proposed by ICOM for the International Day of Museums: Museums as cultural focus. The future of tradition, MUAC articulates its proposal from three actions related to the memory of the present in which a museum of contemporary art is located.
The first action is a performative tour with participants of the Children’s Contemporary Art Laboratory of the MUAC. This tour will be about how museums have been transforming from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.
We will also have a tour mediated by curator Andrea Villers, who will develop a view of the exhibition Ai Weiwei. Resetting Memories; which questions the retrospective about the political dimension of contemporary as the future of the tradition.
Finally, we will have a special tour on Ai Weiwei. Resetting Memories led by Yolanda Gómez Barranco, Coordinator of the Arts and Crafts Center Escuelita Emiliano Zapata in Pedregal neighborhood of Santo Domingo. Yolanda will share with us a reflection on the construction of community memory and the use of traditional knowledge and tools in the creation of self-managed contemporary projects through an exercise in the halls of the museum.
All activities will be free.
Program (offered both in Spanish and in English)
Performative tour "The museum is transformed" with members of the Children’s Contemporary Art Laboratory by MUAC
May 18th. 11:00 hours
Museum ticket office
Subject focus: history of museums / traditional resources in contemporary art
Guided tour “The contemporary as the future of tradition” on the exhibition Ai Weiwei. Resetting Memories with curator Andrea Villers
May 18th. 13:00 hours
Museum ticket office
Subject focus: political dimension / future of the tradition
Guided tour “The contemporary as the future of tradition” on the exhibition Ai Weiwei. Resetting Memories with Yolanda Gómez Barranco
May 18th. 16:00 hours
Museum ticket office
Subject focus: collective memory / traditional knowledge and tools
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit*
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint*
20% off in the Museum Shop and the Palette Cafe for members, 10% for non-members
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids
Opening for Maya Lin: Flow
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo†
Sunday, May 19: Buy one, get one free adult admission (value $5)
Enjoy the just-opened West Michigan Area Show, our annual juried exhibition featuring Michigan artists working in a range of mediums.
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis*
The Walker Art Center celebrates Art Museum Day with free gallery admission! Wander through the galleries and into the McGuire Theater to experience Resonance: A Sound Art Marathon, a marathon of new music performances from 12 noon until 10 pm. An international group of artists—Tarek Atoui, Philip Blackburn, Jules Gimbrone, Walter Kitundu, Haroon Mirza, Matana Roberts, Christine Sun Kim, and Craig Taborn and Camille Norment—play in auditory and visual accord with the audience while exploring the resonances between visual art and sound performance.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis*
For CAM's Art Museum Day you can receive a 15% discount for a Contributor-level membership. Contributor Members receive reciprocal benefits and privileges at more than 1,000 museums throughout North America.
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis*
On May 18, the Saint Louis Art Museum will offer a special drop-in, docent-led tour at 1:30 pm. The tour will focus on how the Museum and the collection have played a central role in our community over the years. Admission to the Museum is free every day; there is no additional charge for the tour.
Saint Louis Art Museum. Image courtesy of the museum
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula*
Discounts on memberships
A Missoula Art Museum visitor enjoys prints by artist, John Hitchcock in part of the exhibit, "The Shape of Things: New Approaches to Indigenous Abstraction," photo by Slikati Photography.
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
On May 16, Genevieve Ellerbee, Sheldon's associate registrar, will facilitate a discussion of two etchings by William Hogarth in the exhibition “Table Manners: Art and Food.”
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton*
In honor of Art Museum Day, the Princeton University Art Museum will be offering a music playlist specially curated by various student dance groups in conjunction with the installation The Figure Abstracted. Visitors are encouraged to use their smartphone and headphones to listen to the playlist as they view the installation and explore the theme of the human body through music and art.
The Museum Store will offer 10% off all purchases. (Valid on non-sale merchandise. May not be combined with any other offer.)
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.
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn†
Thursday, May 16: donation based/ free admission
Verbal Description and Touch Tour
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor
Blind individuals and those with low vision are invited to experience a descriptive gallery tour featuring tactile opportunities and other sensory engagement.
Gallery Tour: Collection
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor
Join a Museum Guide for a free tour exploring our collection in depth. To find out which collection areas this tour will visit, check at the Admissions Desk when you arrive.
Brooklyn Talks: Photographers on Garry Winogrand
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Delve into the legacy of pioneering photographer Garry Winogrand in this talk presented in conjunction with our special exhibition Garry Winogrand: Color. Contemporary photographers Khalik Allah, Tina Barney, John Edmonds, and Elle Pérez discuss Winogrand’s work and the ways it intersects with their practices, moderated by Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator, Photography.
Tickets are $16 and include Museum admission.
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 frick.org/calendar
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*
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
Morgan Library and Museum, New York*†
Sunday May 19: Free Admission
Community Arts Education Student Exhibition Opening Reception
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.
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Museum of Arts and Design. Located at 2 Columbus Circle, MAD will offer pay-what-you-wish admission from 10am to 6pm for visitors to enjoy our acclaimed exhibitions and engage with working artists and designers in our Open Studios.
Exhibitions on view:
Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1987
Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes
Non-Stick Nostalgia: Y2K Retrofuturism in Contemporary Jewelry
Open studios with Artists-in-Residence Rachel Grobstein and Tamara Santibañez
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase*†
Sunday, May 19: Free Admission
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville
Use code MUSEUMDAY19 for 10% off Museum membership for Individual and Family/Dual levels. With our re-opening this summer, there's never been a better time to become a Member! To learn about our variety of exciting Member benefits, visit ashevilleart.org/membership. This offer is valid all day on Saturday, May 18.
Asheville Art Museum, re-opening this summer. Photo credit: David Huff Creative
The Mint Museum, Charlotte*
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
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
American Sign Museum, Cincinnati
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
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati*
Captivating exhibitions on view at Contemporary Arts Center during Art Museum Day:
Archive as Action: Cal Cullen, Amanda Curreri & Lindsay Whittle
Julien Nguyen: Returns
Creatures: When Species Meet
(on-site cat adoption 1-4pm in partnership with SPCA Cincinnati)
Join us for a special off-site program:
It Can Only Be As Beautiful As We Make It
May 18, 2019 • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
FREE with reservation
The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton**†
The Dayton Art Institute turns 100 years old in 2019, and it invites the community to join the centennial celebration on Art Museum Day. The DAI will waive its suggested general admission and welcome the community to the collection galleries free of charge that day, as well as offering a special "buy one, get one free" discount to the exhibition For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design. Visit www.daytonartinstitute.org/artmuseumday for more information.
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. taftmuseum.org
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo*
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
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:
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
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
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 www.brandywine.org/museum to learn more.
The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh*
Free admission for docent-led tours of Clayton, the Gilded Age home of the Henry Clay Frick family, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 . Advance reservations strongly recommended; space is limited.
Clayton, the historic home of the Henry Clay Frick family.
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.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia*
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce*†
Sunday, May 19: Free Admission
Concert: - William Cepeda's Afro-Rican Jazz Ensemble
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan†
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
General admission : $24
Ages 21 to 30 : $16
Ages 0 to 20 : FREE
On May 18, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts invites you to celebrate Art Museum Day with the following family activities:
FOUR-HANDED WORKSHOP: A FLUTTER OF COLOUR – 10.15 A.M.
Designed specially for preschoolers (aged 2 to 5 years) and their parents.
Using a spatula and paint, experiment with the textures, rhythms and movement of abstract gestural painting.
DROP-IN WORKSHOP: WE WANT SUMMER! – 11 A.M. to 4 P.M.
The drop-in workshop is our most flexible family activity: come by any time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and enjoy some creative quality time together.
Celebrate our glorious Quebec landscape by creating a colourful drawing in dry pastel.
THEMED WORKSHOP: MARTINE GOES ON VACATION – 2.30 P.M.
Themed workshops are an opportunity for families to enjoy creative experiences together, inspired by the current major exhibition or the Museum’s collections. For children ages 6 and up.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts | Photo Caroline Hayeur
RISD Museum, Providence*
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia†
Discounted admission May 18 and every Saturday 10am - 5pm.
Blue Star Museums: starting May 18, offering free admission to active-duty military and families through Labor Day.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis*
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
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.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis*†
Thursday May 16: Free admission and 10% discount on beverages in Cafe Brooks
Photo courtesy Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth*
Museum Shop will offer 10% off for everyone IN STORE that day with typical exceptions (sale items and Collector’s editions).
Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Enjoy tours throughout the day - 11:00-12:00 Themed Tour: Art Appreciation Tool-Kit Description: This interactive tour focusing on just two or three works from the Carter’s collection provides a five-element method that can be applied to any art work; Highlights from the collection from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.; and a Photography Tour from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Stop by the Information Desk to check out a special camera lens attachment for your phone to capture details of photographs on view, or borrow an Art Adventure Kit to explore different artworks in the collection.
Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston*
Open Studio | Screen Print + Draw, 2–4PM; Observational Movement Drawing | Drop-In Experience, 1–4PM
The Contemporary Austin, Austin*
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso*
10% discount availiable on May 18th at the Museum Store.
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth*
Kimbell Art Museum, Photo by Nic Lehoux
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
Celebrate Art Museum Day at the McNay Art Museum on Saturday, May 18. Catch our special exhibition, American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings, during its final weekend on view.
We invite you to enjoy:
- BOGO 50% off general admission
- 25% off all membership levels
Museum hours are from 10am–5pm. Children and teen admission is always FREE.
Meadows Museum, Dallas*
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.
11:00 a.m.: Welcome Tour: A Special Tour for Newcomers
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City*
The UMFA is celebrating Art Museum Day with free admission all day and its popular Third Saturday for Families program:
Third Saturday for Families: Stick Sculptures Saturday, May 18 | 1–4 pm | FREE
Rex is the beautiful horse sculpture by Deborah Butterfield residing in front of the Museum. Look close: you may think it is made of sticks, but there is more than meets the eye. Learn about this artwork and then create your own sculpture using sticks and other materials.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Image courtesy of the museum
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*
Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Henry and discover contemporary art! Explore our current exhibitions— Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies and Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen— and spend some time in our James Turrell Skyspace.
To celebrate the 10th annual Art Museum Day on May 18, we will be offering 10% off regularly-priced Individual, Household, Henry+, and Contemporaries memberships. Plus, admission will be free all day.
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
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma*
Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee*†
Sunday, May 19
The Haggerty Museum of Art will celebrate the 10th annual Art Museum Day with a closing celebration for the exhibition "Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle." Self-directed activities will include Great Lakes Bingo--find details in Rockman's paintings, fill your bingo card, and turn it in for a prize!
Haggerty Museum of Art Visitors enjoy “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle"
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
$10 off admission in honor of 10th anniversary