From the Field

Art Museum Day 2015

April 14, 2015

For the sixth year, AAMD is uniting its membership to celebrate Art Museum Day. Held in concert with  ICOM’s International Museum Day, this year AAMD’s Art Museum Day will take place on and around Monday, May 18.

In 2014, approximately 180 member museums offered free admission, special programs and events in an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world.

Many AAMD members will offer free or reduced admission, educational programs, and/or discounts on or around May 18. AAMD also encourages museum visitors to use social media to share their Art Museum Day experiences with their museum and with their social networks.

AAMD Museums: register for Art Museum Day HERE

Above Image: Art Detectives at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ. The Montclair Art Museum is offering free admission and family activities for Art Museum Day on Sunday, May 17. Photo by Aubrey Blake Breheney, courtesy of the Montclair Art Museum.


AAMD Member Museums Celebrating Art Museum Day 2015

Following is a list of AAMD member museums participating in Art Museum Day 2015. Note that while ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

NOTE: Because this year's Art Museum Day falls on a Monday, many museums are shifting their Art Museum Day celebrations to different days - please read carefully!

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


Asian Heritage Street Celebration at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, during Art Museum Day 2014. This year's festivities coincide on Saturday, May 16 again with the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, a public festival honoring the Asian community held on Civic Center Plaza adjacent to the museum. In collaboration with the Street Celebration, the museum will host music and dance from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam performed by the Southeast Asian Arts & Culture Coalition. More information is below. Image courtesy of the Asian Art Museum.



Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham*†
In conjunction with International Museum Day on May 18, the Museum has partnered with Disability Rights and Resources to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.Please join us for these programs during the month of May.


Free // Space is limited; reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 205.254.2964. VIP tours are offered each second Saturday and fourth Wednesday, and by appointment for school-age or adult groups; call 205.254.2964 for more information.

In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Artists with Disabilities: Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. Yet, they all found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

  • May 9, 10am // Judy Cook, Master Docent [Register by May 4]
  • May 27, 1pm // Mary Helen Crowe, Docent [Register by May 22]


Free // no reservations required

May 9, 1pm // Artists with Disabilities //Judy Cook, Master Docent // Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. Yet, they all found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.


Free // no reservations required

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café, and they will throw in a free dessert!

  • May 19, 12 noon // Accessibility for All at the BMA // Kristi McMillan, Assistant Curator of Education, and Terry Beckham, Exhibition Designer // Join us for a look at how the BMA opens its building, exhibitions, and programs to all visitors through universal design and other accessibility strategies.

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Auburn, AL*†
On Saturday, May 23, JCSM opens exhibitions featuring two very different but equally treasured personal collections. We look forward to “The Greatest Poem— American Art in the Robert B. Ekelund, Jr. and Mark Thornton Collection," which features a selection of paintings, prints, and drawings by such important American artists as Winslow Homer, George Bellows, and Arthur Dove. We also are excited to present "Between the Black and Caspian Seas: Antique Rugs from the Caucasus, Selections from the Collection of Larry Gerber." This exhibition will introduce our audiences to the handmade weavings of this region of western Asia.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery*†
Sunday, May 17: The Montgomery Museum will be offering Family Art Affairs and Jazz Jams. This will include special art making activities in the studios in connection with the exhibition "History Refused to Die: Alabama's African-American Self-Taught Artists in Context. Charlie Lucas, one of the 15 artists featured in the exhibition, will be take part in the festivities.   



Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville*
Come enjoy Crystal Bridges in a celebration of Art Museum Day, May 18. As always, the permanent collection galleries featuring five centuries of American art and the 3.5 miles of trails on our 120-acre grounds are free for all to enjoy. On this special day, visit the temporary exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for free as well.



Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson*†
Sunday, May 17: Visit the Tucson Museum of Art and celebrate Art Museum Day with free admission, gallery expereinces, and art making activities!



Asian Art Museum, San Francisco*†
Explore the Asian Art Museum's exhibitions and galleries for FREE on Saturday, May 16 in commemoration of International Museum Day and Art Museum Day. This year's festivities coincide with the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, a public festival honoring the Asian community held on Civic Center Plaza adjacent to the museum. In collaboration with the Street Celebration, the museum will host music and dance from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam performed by the Southeast Asian Arts & Culture Coalition. Other museum activities include the Center for Asian American Media’s cinema showcase, docent tours and hands-on art making that will bring the museum's masterpieces to light.

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford*
Open for Museum Day and all Mondays at the Cantor Arts Center.
Art packs stocked with colored pencils and sketching paper are available at the main lobby front desk during open hours for your sketching pleasure. Return the pack when finished and take you own work-of-art home.

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento*†
Sunday, May 17: Free Family Festival

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles*†
Saturday, May 16: Celebrate Art Museum Day with a FREE trip to the Hammer Museum. Free to the public, the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs span the classic to the contemporary in art, architecture, and design. Visit for current exhibition and program information and call 310-443-7041 for tours.

Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am–8pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am–5pm. Closed Mondays and national holidays. The Hammer is located at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, Los Angeles. Parking is available onsite for $3 (maximum 3 hours) or for a $3 flat rate after 6pm.

10% discount in museum restuarant and shop for visitors that mention Art Museum Day

1:00pm: Free tour of Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now. This museum exhibition is the first to explore both the historical roots and the contemporary impact of this art making technique. It features key examples of the technique by artists from various periods and regions, from historical figures like the Czech surrealists Jindřich Štýrský and Toyen, to post–World War II artists such as Alighiero Boetti and Roy Lichtenstein, to contemporary artists of different generations, including Anna Barriball, Jennifer Bornstein, Morgan Fisher, Simryn Gill, Matt Mullican, Ruben Ochoa, Gabriel Orozco, and Jack Whitten.

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles*†
Free admission Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach*

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
$5 off general admission, $5 off memberships at the Individual level or higher.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles*

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego*

Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara*†
25% discount on t-shirts

Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach*†
The Museum of Latin American Art is delighted to join art museums around the country in celebration of Art Museum Day.

Free Admission to the galleries and all programs

12:30pm Storytime in the Screening Room

1:00 -4:00pm Drop-in Art Workshop: Collaborative Mural in the Art Studio

1:30-3:30pm ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Community Engagement at MOLAA- Balboa Events Center
Join us for a conversation on current and upcoming projects! MOLAA President and CEO, Stuart Ashman, conceptual artist Kendell Carter, MOLAA Curators Edward Hayes Jr. (Exhibitions), Carlos Ortega (Collections), and Gabriela Martínez (Education) will discuss MOLAA’s direction in educational and curatorial initiatives over the next year. Museum and community members are invited to dialogue about upcoming programs. We want to hear from you!

1:00pm & 3:00pm Artventuras: Adventures in Art. Join Ismael Anda III on an interactive tour of MOLAA from an artist’s point of view. All ages. Please meet in the lobby.

2:00pm Docent Tours of the galleries. Meet in galleries.

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland†
On Sunday, May 17, OMCA celebrates another year as the leading interdisciplinary arts, history, and natural science museum of California. Come enjoy all that OMCA has to offer this spring on Art Museum Day.

OMCA is offering 20% off all OMCA Store purchases for members.

Programs: OMCA is launching our spring and summer free Docent-led Oakland Bike Tours on Sunday, May 17 at 10 am.
We are also offering a special installment of our popular gold panning program, with a whiskey and lemonade bar, square dancing, and a picnic in the gardens. Tickets are available on-site and on the website, at
Enjoy a free Docent-led tour of the Gallery of California Art at 2 pm.

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego*

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose*†
Free Admission Tuesday, May 19

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara*†
Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17: Free admission and docent tours


Family event at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento. The Crocker is celebrating Art Museum Day on Sunday, May 17 with a Free Family Festival. Image courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum.



Aspen Art Museum, Aspen*†
The Aspen Art Museum is proud to be a partner institution and participant in AAMD's annual celebration of Museum Day!
Saturday, May 16:
Public tour at 1pm
10% discount on select items in the AAM shop on mention of Art Museum Day

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver†
Free admission on Friday, May 15, 5–8 p.m.
Free tour at 6:30 p.m.

Denver Art Museum, Denver
Free General Admission to all kids 18 and under will be celebrated on Museum Day and every day for the next 5 years.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver†
Tuesday, May 19: Penny admission



Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of American Art, Hartford*†
Wednesday, May 20
Free Admission
1:00 PM - Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection
Become a new member and receive a 10% discount on membership

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven*†
Wednesday, May 20, 12:30pm: Take a tour of "The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760–1860," an exhibition co-organized with the Yale University Art Gallery. Two of the exhibition curators, A. Cassandra Albinson, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture and Izabel Gass, Graduate Research Assistant, will examine the role gender plays in constructing the “Romantic artist.” They will ask: What are the characteristics of the archetypal Romantic artist? Are these characteristics implicitly coded as male? Have there been, or could there be, female Romantic artists? The tour is located at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.    Please note: The Center will reopen in spring 2016, after the completion of its second phase of building conservation. For more information, visit


The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum are offering free admission for Art Museum Day. The museum re-opened in its new location on March 21, 2015.
Image: William Atkins / The George Washington University


District of Columbia

Freer and Sackler Galleries*
The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The Freer Gallery houses one of the premier collections of Asian art, with objects dating from Neolithic times to the early 20th century, as well as the world's most important collection of works by James McNeill Whistler. The Sackler Gallery features both permanent and temporary exhibitions of Asian art from ancient times to the present.
On view May 16, 2015 through January 2, 2017: Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. He reinterprets James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin, an aesthetic space that is literally overburdened by its own excesses—of materials, history, and creativity. Like Filthy Lucre and the original Peacock Room, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the complex relationships among art, money, and the passage of time. 

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum*
Monday, May 18:

In celebration of Art Museum Day, the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will open its doors free of charge and host special activities and promotions throughout the day.

Join Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody at noon for a tour of historical textile masterpieces and contemporary fiber art and fashion on view in Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories. Interact with treasures from the education collection, including fibers, natural dye stuffs, and garments from around the world.

Join as a new museum member on May 18 for a one-day-only membership special, and enjoy a fifteen-percent discount on jewelry, scarves, books, and other items in the gift shop (mention “Art Museum Day”).

National Museum of African Art*
Guided tour of “The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

10% discount from 1 to 3 p.m.

National Museum of Women in the Arts*


Darren Waterston, Filthy Lucre, 2013-2014; Oil, acrylic, and gold leaf on wood, aluminum, fiberglass, and ceramic with audio and lighting components; Courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York; Installation view, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Photo: John Tsantes, courtesy Freer|Sackler. 



Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach*†
Free admission Sunday, May 17

The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
MEMBERS DAY OUT! Monday, May. 18th, 2015 10:00AM–5:15PM

Dali Members are invited to celebrate Art Museum Day by bringing up to 3 friends to the Museum on May 18 for free! In addition, Members and their guests can enjoy a taste of Spain at Café Gala for 20% off, and member’s guests also receive 20% off their membership purchase.*

Now in its sixth year, the Association of Art Museum Directors’ “Art Museum Day” is , held in concert with ICOM’s International Museum Day taking place world-wide on or around Monday, May 18.

*Members must accompany their guests to qualify for free admission, café and membership discount. Three guests allowed per active membership. Membership discount valid for new individual level memberships (excluding scholar level). Not valid with other offers or discounts. We reserve the right to change or cancel this offer at any time.

This promotion is valid only on May 18, 2015.

Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville*†
Museum Nights: Picture This:
Thursday, May 14, 6-9pm

Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables*†
Free admission Tuesday, May 19

Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando†
15% off on all memberships (up to Contributing level)

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami
Become a Pérez Art Museum Miami member and receive $10 off your membership for a limited time!* Enjoy all the benefits of PAMM membership year-round and explore Miami’s cultural institutions during the month of May through Miami Museum Month. Join today using the promo code AMD15WE and get $10 off your membership.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota*
Free admission to the Museum of Art only

The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach*
20% discount in the Wolfsonian Shop/Café; free Popular-level ($50 value) membership giveaway to mailing list opt-ins
11am and 2pm guided tours



The Columbus Museum, Columbus*†
Thursday, May 21, 6:00pm
Join us as we welcome Dr. David S. Shields, the Euphemia McClintock Professor of Southern Letters in the Departments of English and History at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Shields has spent more than a decade researching early American agriculture and cooking practices, and will focus his lecture on the Museum’s exhibition, Chattahoochee Cookin’. His most recent book, Southern Provisions, available this April, reveals how the true ingredients of southern cooking have been all but forgotten and how the lessons of its current restoration and re-cultivation can be applied to other regional food-ways. A reception will follow the program.

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens*†
Wednesday, May 20
Museum shop will offer a 10% discount.
Tour at Two: Museums for a Sustainable Society  2 – 3 pm  Tours  Join docents for a tour in celebration of International Museum Day, celebrated the week of May 18 and focusing on sustainability this year.  

High Museum of Art, Atlanta*†
Free admission Tuesday, May 19

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta*†
Free admission Saturday, May 16



Boise Art Museum, Boise†
Sunday, May 17: Boise museums are coming together to host a community event in conjunction with International Museum Day.  The event will include hands-on activities and membership promotion at the Old Penitentiary.



Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
$10 off all museum store purchases over $75 
The shop will give away selected free museum postcards to children under the age of 14

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago†
Tuesday, May 19
Free for Illinois residents
Docent tours at 1 and 2 pm
Performance art at 6 pm by Kirsten Leenaars and collaborators

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago*†
Saturday, May 16, 2 pm—A curator tour of the Smart's 40th anniversary exhibition "Objects and Voices: A Collection of Stories" led by UChicago professors Berthold Hoeckner and David Wellbery.



Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis*†
Tuesday, May 19: Free admission and special docent tours throughout the day

Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame*†
Saturday, May 16: Free posters and buttons



Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines*†
Free Admission Sunday, May 17 & Monday, May 18Sunday, May 17:  Free lecture
Art Well Traveled: How Our Artworks Enhance Exhibitions Around the World

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City*†
Free admission Saturday, May 16



New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans*†
Tuesday, May 19: Free admission



Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville*†
Saturday, May 16: The Colby College Museum, always free and open to the public, is proud to be part of AAMD’s Art Museum Day. Join us for a fun day of art posing and hunting, and share it with us on your Instagram!

Portland Museum of Art, Portland**†
Sunday, May 17: Free admission (does not include special exhibitions)



The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore*†
Sunday, May 17
Free Admission

Jewelry & Costumes: A Yemeni Story
2pm, free (reservations encouraged)
Jewelry has long played an important role in Yemeni society, especially because of its key role in the marriage contract. Join Marjorie Ransom, two-time U.S. diplomat to Yemen, as she chronicles the important period of Yemeni jewelry production from 1900 to 1970, through slides and physical examples of these objects. Ms. Ransom will embellish her talk with anecdotes about her recent meetings in Israel with Yemenites who formed the majority of the silversmiths in Yemen during the period of her study. The lecture is followed by an author book-signing for Ms. Ransom’s Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Yemeni Regional Jewelry, which is available for purchase in the Museum Store. In honor of Art Museum Day we are waiving the ticket price of $10. While the event is free, we encourage you to register on-line at

As a special treat, the Walters Museum Store will offer a 10% discount on any purchase Sunday, May 17th to celebrate Art Museum Day. Already a Walters member? Add the special 10% discount to your Member’s discount to receive 20% off that day only!



Clark Art Institute, Williamstown*†
Sunday, May 17: The Clark is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary! Join us for cake on the Fernandez Terrace at noon, accompanied by selections performed by The Williams Octet, an all-male a cappella group founded in 1940, making it the oldest a cappella group at Williams College.

At 2 pm, enjoy a performance by the a capella group Ephoria, a Williams College all-female group performing since 1979 that describe themselves as “dedicated to producing the finest music possible while enjoying extreme amounts of fun."


Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge*
10% discount on all new membership purchases on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Pay only 1/2 price ($8.75) on a full priced adult admission. Coupon needed for discount available here
Exhibitions on view:
Norman Rockwell's 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers
J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post
A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio 

Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem†
Sunday, May 17:
3 free months of membership for anyone who purchases a membership on Art Museum Day Drop-in Art Making from 12 - 2pm
Family activities in the galleries

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton*†
Saturday, May 16: Coinciding with the showing of the special exhibition, "Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade"--Smith College Museum of Art is delighted to celebrate Art Museum Day in conjunction with Smith College Commencement and Reunion Weekend.



Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City*†
Sunday, May 17: Free admission
1pm: Trash Orchestra / Orquesta Basura

Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City†
This year the museum has prepared a weekend full of activities and surprises for you.
• Saturday May 16 Recycling workshop Elaboraras a pot inspired designs reuse materials collection
11: 00- Free admission
Space is limited to 25 people

• Sunday May 17
Today we have some surprises for you as you find promotions in the cafeteria , library and even in our affiliate program, so do not hesitate to visit and celebrate the International Museum Day.
2x1 admission / 10% discount in library / 10% discount in coffeeshop
Enjoy the exceptional concert Mi México lindo / My beautiful Mexico with international flutist Elena Duran ; a repertoire of classical music will be presented , as well as outstanding works of authors like Manuel Esperon, José Alfredo Jimenez , Ruben Fuentes and others. Museum cloister 13:00. free admission

Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City*†
Sunday, May 17:

Thematic visits for the exhibition:  Landscapes of the mind. British landscaping. Tate Collection. 1690 - 2007  The effects of landscape transformation  12:00, 14:00 and 16:00  Free entry    Takeaway Museum   During this activity various materials of past exhibitions will be available to the public to get carried. Invitations, billboards, booklets, brochures and other materials from past exhibitions may be recovered by visitors to generate a new product from them.  10:00 to 18:00  Free entry   

Family Workshop  Re use.  Various exercises will be generated to give a new use to different abandoned materials around us.  11:00, 12:00, 13:00 14:00 y 15:00  Free Entry 

Arte en Construcción    Special Presentation    Entremanos  Dance: Casilda Madrazo  Guitar: Gabriel Elizondo  Violoncello: Irene Carrasco  Palmas: Armando Tovar  Entremanos is a choreographic piece based on flamenco dance movements and instrumental music in three movements created by Casilda Madrazo and Gabriel Elizondo, with the collaboration of Irene Carrasco in the cello and Armando Tovar in palms. It is a work that reflects on the verticality of the body, mind and freedom, coupled with the concept of madness.  14:00  Free Entry  Museum lobby   

CHAMBER MUSIC  Balbi Cotter, violinist  Carlos Alberto Pecero, pianist  12:00  Free entry  Reception Hall 

Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Mexico City†
Sunday May 17: free concert, free conference, free specialized guide visit to permanent collection



Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit**†
Tuesday, May 19: Free general admission

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing†
Sunday, May 17
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU will be offering a 10% discount on all retail items as well as a fun button making demonstration. Admission is always free so visitors should stop by before or after saying hello to us at the East Lansing Art Festival.

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint*
Members will receive a 20% discount and non-members a 10% discount in the museum shop. The Palette cafe will offer a 10% discount to all patrons.



Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis*†
Friday, May 15: In celebration of Museum Day and the Minneapolis Institute of Art's 100th Birthday Year, the MIA will unveil a surprise masterpiece on loan from Europe. On view free!

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis*†
The Walker Art Center is offering free gallery admission all day on Friday, May 15.

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis*†
Friday, May 15: 10% discount in museum shop



Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson*†
Tuesday, May 19: Free admission
Art Cart activities for visitors


Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, Saint Louis*
Discounts in the museum shop

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City**†
The Nelson-Atkins is offering free posters on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17. 

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis*†
Saturday, May 16
Exhibition Tours: 12:30 - 1:00  Go deeper into the art of Alexander Calder, Richard Tuttle, and Fred Sandback through a guided tour and discussion with Pulitzer gallery assistants. Drawing from a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives, the gallery assistants offer their own unique insights into the works, in addition to identifying historical and critical contexts for understanding them in more depth.

Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis*†
The Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates Art Museum Day on Sunday, May 17, with a free, drop-in Family Art Lab featuring a family-friendly tour and a hands-on art project (1:00–4:00 pm). SLAM also will offer a free collection tour at 1:30 pm. Mention Art Museum Day at one of our Information Centers and receive a free gift!



Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha**†
A tour of the exhibition American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell will be offered at 1 pm (ticket required; general public adults $10; all others, free).

Visitors can see the exhibitions Journey of Memory: Allen Say and Andrew Borowiec as well (included in free general Museum admission).

The new Art Works interactive space will be open with art-making activities.

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln*†
Two Nebraskans: Willa Cather and Robert Henri
Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Sheldon Museum of Art presents a pair of gallery talks on Tuesday, May 19. Lindsay Andrews, co-curator of the exhibition "Visual Cather: The Writer’s Pictorial Imagination," will speak on Willa Cather at 5:30 p.m. Jonathan Frederick Walz, curator of American art, will discuss works by Robert Henri from the museum's collection at 6 p.m.

New Jersey

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair*†
Sunday, May 17
Participate in a day of exploration with many Museum-wide art activities. Roll up your sleeves and enjoy art projects for the entire family inspired by MAM’s exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s. Special appearance by Montclair School of Rock’s House Band!  Free Family Days are made possible, in part, by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton*†
Saturday, May 16, 10:30 am-4 pm  Family Day: Places and Spaces  Bring your friends and loved ones to enjoy hands-on activities and learn about the places where people throughout time have lived, worked, and played. Enjoy a fun-filled day with art projects, stories, games, scavenger hunts, performances, and refreshments.

Zimmerli Museum of Art at Rutgers University, New Brunswick*†
Sunday, May 17
Scavenger Hunts (and prizes) are available at the front desk.


New Mexico

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
Free set of postcards with every admission
Art-making activities in our courtyard


New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Half-price memberships on May 18

American Folk Art Museum, New York*
15% discount in museum store
Exhibition on view: When the Curtain Never Comes Down

Asia Society Museum, New York*†
Free admission Tuesday, May 19

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn*†
Wednesday, May 20: Free General Admission
Drop-in tour at 2pm

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx*
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is celebrating by offering 20% off memberships at all levels during the period of May 18 through 24. Members receive VIP seating at select events, 20% off at the Museum Store, invitations to exclusive exhibition tours and much more! Members who join on May 18th will also receive a complimentary Bronx Museum tote bag. For details on membership click here. 

Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo*
Saturday, May 16: Free Admission   50% off any membership level for purchases at the Burchfield Penney only (not available online) Specials in Burchfield's Cafe   

The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning
Free admission to kids 19 and under.
In addition to the glassmaking demonstrations available all day, every day, that are included in admission, the Museum will be offering special docent-led tours at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm that will include special content in celebration of Art Museum Day. The content will focus on our unusual niche among art museums in the U.S., being an interdisciplinary institution focused on one material. We will also recognize Art Museum Day through social media, which will encourage audience engagement.
Free cookies will be distributed to all visitors, including school tours, to celebrate Art Museum Day.

The Drawing Center, New York*†
Free admission Sunday, May 17

El Museo del Barrio, New York*†
From May 19th to 23rd, El Museo will be offering a number of perks for visitors, including:

Stop by and explore our current exhibition, UNDER THE MEXICAN SKY: Gabriel Figueroa-Art and Film. The show highlights the works of Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997), and features film clips, stills, and paintings by eminent artists of the mid-20th century in Mexico.

Join la familia by becoming a member of El Museo! Throughout the week, visitors will receive a 20% discount off all memberships from the Amigo-level ($50) and above. New members will receive a special gift from El Museo during this week.

La Tienda is offering 20% off on all purchases! From a one-of-a-kind exhibition inspired piece of Jewelry, a Tote bag with umbrella, to the latest journal of contemporary Latino art, discover all these unique items at La Tienda. Restrictions apply.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7-930pm
Join us for the New York premiere of the documentary Multiple Visions, The Crazy Machine (Miradas múltiples, La máquina loca), directed by Emilio Maillé, the film is an immersion and celebration of the iconography of legendary Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.

The Frick Collection, New York†
"Art Museum Day: Sunday Sketch" Sunday, May 10, 2015, 1 – 3 p.m.   

Free with museum admission; no reservations are necessary.   

In celebration of Art Museum Day 2015, join us for an afternoon of informal sketching in the Garden Court. Visitors of all skill levels are welcome, and materials are provided. Free with museum admission, or arrive early to gain entry during Sunday “pay what you wish” hours, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.    For those who wish to bring their own art materials, please review the guidelines for sketching in the galleries prior to your visit. Due to limited capacity, groups of ten or more cannot be accommodated at Sunday Sketch. Instead, groups of ten or more are encouraged to arrange a group visit; please visit our group visit information pages or call 212.547.0704.

Grey Art Gallery, New York*†
Saturday, May 16: 10% off of all Grey Art Gallery publications

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers*†
Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3
Kite Festival - Kite Making and Contests
Hip Hop Dance Battle

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester†
Thursday, May 21

Half-priced admission

7pm Free Program: Hidden Passions

Rochester is a city of excellence, and awesomeness runs deep here. “Hidden Passions” celebrates the private hobbies and creative lives of Rochesterians and puts them center stage at the Memorial Art Gallery. The world-class musician who restores antique cars; the masseuse by day and gourmet ice cream entrepreneur by night; the postal service worker whose “other thing” is artisanal sausage making. Rochester is a city of innovation in ways you never imagined.  Come see what inspires your neighbors. Be amazed! Be moved by their hyphenated lives and liberate the creative promise inside YOU. 

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica*
Saturday, May 16: Celebrating the public opening of Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Half price on all online admission ticket purchases made for May 18, 2015
Visitors who purchase the half-price admissions may apply the value of a full ticket price toward the cost of a membership

The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City*†
Sunday, May 17: Free admission

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York*†
Free admission and 10% off in the museum store
free family and adult programs


North Carolina

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill*†
Sunday, May 24: Family and Friends Sunday
Spend an interactive, art-filled day with family and friends at the Ackland Art Museum!

  • Conduct an “Art Interview” with your friend or family member.
  • Play art games like Ackland Art Bingo, or challenge yourself and your friends to solving Ackland “Art in a Jar” puzzles.
  • Make your own version of the Ackland’s “Artwork of the Month”: this month, make your own mini-museum like our Marcel Duchamp boite-en-valise!
  • Tweens, teens, and adults will especially enjoy taking a guided tour.

The Mint Museum, Charlotte*†
Monday, May 18: The Mint Museum is partnering with The Harvey B. Gantt Center and The Knight Theater for The Amazing Taste, a progressive dinner across the institutions.

Wednesday, May 20: Free admission

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham*†
The Nasher Museum is free of charge all day on Saturday, May 16, 2015, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors sixth annual Art Museum Day! No ticket required, check in at the information desk. Sketching in the galleries kicks off at 10 AM. More information here!

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh*†
Family Renaissance Fair  Sunday, May 17, 12 pm  Free    Step back in time for an afternoon of merriment, music, games, traditional craft demonstrations, and art-making activities. Princesses and kings, pirates and comedians, fairies and jugglers are just some of the people you will encounter in the Renaissance Village. Activities take place indoors and out, rain or shine.


Nova Scotia

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax*


Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin*†
Thursday, May 7: A Muse in the Museum: community poetry reading featuring works written in response to, or inspired by, works of art now on display at the museum. Poems will be selected from a call for entries that will be announced in April. Writers of all ages are invited to enter. The event is co-sponsored with the Oberlin College Creative Writing Program.

The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown*†
Your opportunity to discover the Butler Institute and its vast collection of American masterpieces.
Sunday, May 17: Free admission
1-3pm: Celebration of exhibitions by Bob Dylan and Richard Anuskiewicz
2pm: Director's Tour

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati*†

  • See the Story Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner  May 16, 2015 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm  Join librarians from the Public Library and Hamilton County and members of the Art Museum staff for this bi-monthly book club. FREE. Reservations not required.    
  • ASL Tour: Andy Warhol and Pete Rose  May 16, 2015 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm  A certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins an Art Museum docent each month for a free tour of one of our special exhibitions. FREE. Reservations required. Reserve online or by calling (513)721.ARTS.   
  • Public Tour: Family ARTventures Tour  May 16, 2015 - 01:00 pm  Meet docent in the Front Lobby  Take a docent-led interactive tour with fun facts and hands-on activities for the whole family. Meet a trained museum docent in the Front Lobby.FREE. Reservations not required. 
  • Special Exhibition Tour: Up at Bat: Warhol, Rose and Baseball Cards  May 16, 2015 - 02:00 pm  Meet docent in the Front Lobby  This docent guided tour takes the visitor through Up at Bat: Warhol, Rose, and Baseball Cards; an exhibition displaying the pop portrait techniques of Andy Warhol as well as Reds and baseball memorabilia. FREE. No Reservations required

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus*†
Sunday, May 17: free admission and special docent tour highlighting museum favorites!

The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton**†
Sunday, May 17: Free general admission

Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati*†
Sunday, May 17
The Taft’s outdoor tent becomes a circus big top for the day! Get your face painted like a clown or your favorite circus animal, explore painting tools at the Art Cart, make a circus-themed craft to take home, and explore the Museum with a tour or seek and find. Performers from My Nose Turns Red youth circus will delight kids of all ages (and teach a few circus tricks) at 2 p.m.

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo*†
Sunday, May 17: Free admission

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus*†
Saturday, May 16
25% off a purchase of a membership. Valid May 16 at the Wexner Center only.
Free admission valid only for our exhibitions.



Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa*†
Sunday, May 17: free admission



Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor*†
Sunday, May 17: Celebrate Art Museum Day at the AGW!  Join us for free Gallery tours, an interactive art scavenger hunt and an artist-led workshop where you can create a masterpiece of your own to treasure at home!

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto†
Sunday, May 17
Family Sunday: activities 1-4pm
$10 off individual membership; $20 off family membership

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
Couples and families will receive a 2 for 1 pass for their next visit or to give to a friend or family member


Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene*
Saturday, May 16:

·         free admission

·         Get three free months of membership when you become a family member!

·         12pm-3pm: FAMILY DAY This free family event is inspired by renowned Northwest artist Rick Bartow and Things You Know But Cannot Explain. Enjoy art activities and performances by Oregon artists and arts organizations and learn about the art of storytelling and Native American crafts. With a healing arts component, local arts educator and author Linda Clare will lead a quilt-making activity and will explain how quilts and blankets provide comfort. Storyteller Esther Stutzman, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, will share traditional stories of the local Kalapuya tribe and the life lessons they reveal. Music, a major part of storytelling, will be featured in a hand drum demonstration of songs. Enjoy a visit from Cascades Raptor Center, story time with Cynthia Olsen from the Eugene Public Library, and a performance of Raven and Petrel, a Northwest Native American tale, by the JSMA Dragon Puppet Theatre. Sponsored by Kendall Auto Group.

Portland Art Museum, Portland*†
Sunday, May 17

Free Family and Community Day offered in concert with the Association of Art Museum Directors' Art Museum Day 2015, part of an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world. The Portland Art Museum's family programs are generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, and the Lamb Baldwin Foundation.


The Creation Station is a new mobile art experience at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, designed by Quatrefoil Associates of Maryland in collaboration with Westmoreland Director of Education & Visitor Engagement, Joan McGarry. It offers interactive art activities for visitors of all ages directly in the gallery spaces and will be available during Art Museum Day (Saturday, May 16) for visitors to experience.



The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh*†
KID CITY Dance Party with DJ KellyMom
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Warhol entrance space
At KID CITY, Pittsburgh’s own DJ KellyMom spins indie rock kids love to dance to, featuring artists like DEVO, The Velvet Underground, The Cars, The Smiths, Blondie, Talking Heads, Beastie Boys, James Brown, The Clash, and Martha and the Vandellas, among others. The program is presented in connection with “The Year of the Family” and American Art Museum Day.

Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford*

Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh*†
On Tuesday, May 19, the Frick will offer free admission for docent-led tours of Clayton, the restored home of the Henry Clay Frick family. Reservations for tours are strongly recommended, as tour space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling 412-371-0600, Monday – Sunday between 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. In addition, admission to The Frick Art Museum, including the special exhibition, Rolling Hills, Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape, will be free on Tuesday, May 19.

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia*†
The museum is closed May 18 but always offers free admission!

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, State College*†
Tuesday, May 19: Docents on Duty will be available to answer questions and provide impromptu tours

Penn Museum, Philadelphia*†
Tuesday, May 19: Free admission and workshops, crafts and tours!

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia*†
Wednesday, May 20: free admission and evening programs

The Rodin Museum, Philadelphia*
The Rodin Museum is administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg*†
Saturday, May 16
Discount in the Museum Shop. 20% off for Museum members and 10% off for nonmembers.
From 12:30-5 PM, children of all ages and their favorite adult can stop by the Museum and create their own art in the studio! There will also be a children's scavenger hunt in the galleries that day.

Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce*†
Sunday, May 17: Free admission
art workshops, lectures, tours, stories for children

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan†
Sunday, May 17:
2pm guided tour of the permanent collection
2pm Spanish Movie Festival in the Raúl Juliá - Banco Popular Theater
3pm Story telling hour in activARTE Gallery



Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal†
CCA has several events during the week of Art Museum Day:
Tuesday May 19: Green Tuesday
Thursday May 21: lectures and special event on sustainable development
Sunday May 24: Family activities: Games for kids: Building sustainable cities.  Web activities all week

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal*†
Free admission Sunday, May 24
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ encyclopedic collection includes more than 41,000 works, and its original temporary exhibitions combine artistic disciplines (fine arts, music, film, fashion, design) and feature innovative exhibition designs. Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Major exhibitions are open and at 50% off the regular price on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Rhode Island

RISD Museum, Providence*†
Sunday, May 17: Art Museum Day at RISD Museum

Free admission

RISD WORKS Thanks Museum Members
10 am – 5 pm

RISD WORKS, the RISD Museum shop, extends the RISD Museum member discount to members of any museum on AAMD Art Museum Day—Sunday, May 17—in appreciation of your support for museums worldwide. To receive the 10% discount on merchandise, simply show any valid museum membership card to a RISD WORKS sales associate.

Museum members who mention AAMD Art Museum Day can receive a free copy of an exhibition catalogue! (While supplies last. Both Art Museum Day offers available in store only.)

For information, call 401 454 4949. Visit RISD WORKS online at RISD WORKS is located in the RISD Museum’s Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI.

Free Young Explorer’s Guide
10 am – 5 pm

Adventure and discovery await! Explore the RISD Museum’s five building, dozens of galleries, and many thousands of objects from near and far, from antiquity to the present day. Equip children with the Young Explorer’s Guide, a free treasure trove of fun activities available at each of the Museum’s information desks. Find more tips at

Family See & Sketch: Drawing Ambience
2 – 3 pm

Family members of all ages enjoy drawing, sketching, creative art making, and discussions—inspired by original works of art in the RISD Museum’s major spring exhibition, Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association.

Free, all materials provided. Meet in the lobby of the RISD Museum’s Farago wing, located at the Benefit Street entrance. Information: or 401 454 6500.

Glass & Blood: Concert Works from the Bloodiest Film Scores by Philip Glass
2 – 3:30 pm

Don’t dare miss the East Coast premiere of Glass & Blood: Concert Works from the Bloodiest Film Scores by Philip Glass. This free concert in the RISD Museum’s Grand Gallery is an intimate performance of music from one of America’s leading composers, and celebrates a magnificent era in the genre of classic cinematic horror.

Violinist Chase Spruill joins Michael Riesman, pianist and longtime director of the Philip Glass Ensemble, in this opportunity to engage and explore never-before-heard concert works from scores housing iconic monsters of film—Candyman, Dracula, and Beast from La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast), to name a few.

Glass & Blood is made possible with funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and through generous collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Community MusicWorks. Information: or 401 454 6500.



Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis*†
Tuesday May 19: Pay what you wish admission

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville*
Programs and activities available throughout the day

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis*†
Sunday, May 17: Free admission



Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth*
On Monday, May 18, head over to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History where Amon Carter Museum educators will share a family-friendly art project and storybook related to our collection from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Doodler Studio. Come join us for the activity and the chance to win exciting prizes!

Amon Carter Members will receive FREE admission from 2 to 5 p.m. Please show your member card for reciprocal benefits at the FWMSH box office.

All ages welcome. Regular admission to the FWMSH applies.

Contemporary Art Museum, Houston*†
Saturday, May 16: Free admission
2pm: Reading by poet and novelist Eileen Myles

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas*†
Free general admission Sunday, May 17

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth*

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio*
The McNay is closed on Mondays but visitors are invited to picnic on the grounds and enjoy a tour of sculpture on the grounds.

Meadows Museum at SMU, Dallas*†
Free admission Sunday, May 17

The Menil Collection, Houston*†
Free admission Sunday, May 17

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth*†
Free admission Sunday, May 17
Docent-led tour at 2pm

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas*†
Sunday, May 17: Free admission
$10 off membership
Drop-in Tours by Nasher Museum Ambassadors
11 am, 1pm and 3 pm
Careers in the Arts and Orientation Videos
Scavenger Hunts, Family Guides for Installation, and Gallery Kits
Available throughout the day at the Admissions Desk
Special welcome to the Ciclovia cyclists
Enter to win a Nasher membership

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio*†
Free admission Sunday, May 17



Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City*†
Saturday, May 16: FREE ADMISSION
Third Saturday for Families: Renaissance Quilling  1-4 pm



Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
10% discount on all purchases in the Shelburne Museum store (cannot be combined with other offers or coupons).



Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk*†
Sunday, May 17
Member for a day discounts - 10% in Museum Shop and Wisteria Cafe
$10 off Individual and Household level memberships purchased that day
Scavenger Hunt

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg*

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond*
Admission to VMFA's ticketed exhibition "Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower" will be free on May 18 in honor of Art Museum Day.



Henry Art Gallery, Seattle*†
Free admission Sunday, May 17

Museum of Glass, Tacoma*†
Thursday, May 21: Free admission 5-8pm

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle**†
Free admission to Seattle Art Museum collections (excluding special exhibitions) on Sunday, May 17.

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma*†
Thursday, May 21: Free admission 5-8pm
In celebration of Art Museum Day, Tacoma Art Museum will give away Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition posters.  



Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison*†
Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. Visit us this Art Museum Day to experience three exhibitions that featuring established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday-Thursday: noon – 5pm; Friday: noon – 8pm; Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sunday: noon – 5pm; and is closed on Mondays.