From the Field

Art Museum Day 2016

March 22, 2016

For the seventh 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 Wednesday, May 18.

In 2015, approximately 150 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!

We're also delighted to announce that AAMD is working with Snapchat to showcase Art Museum Day and the variety of special activities and offerings provided by participating member museums. On May 18, International Museum Day will be featured on Snapchat as one of their “Live Stories,” enabling users to share their experiences and to see how others around the world are celebrating Art Museum Day. See our list of art museums on Snapchat here!

May 4: Snapchat Webinar

On May 4, 2016 AAMD will be hosting a webinar on the ways that museums can utilize Snapchat to their advantage.  Snapchat is not just another social media platform, but one of the fastest growing and the one most used by smartphone users between the ages of 13-34.  Snapchat has the potential to be an effective tool for museums to use to paint museums in a more accessible light and invite new viewers in. Our group of panelists all use Snapchat successfully for their institutions, and all in different ways. During this webinar, they will discuss their respective institutional strategies, how to get started, why they believe Snapchat is an important platform to be on, and any pitfalls that should be avoided.
If you have anybody on your staff that would be interested in this webinar, please forward it to them.

Recording available here!

Alie Cline, Blanton Museum of Art
Michael Lachowski, Georgia Museum of Art
Abraham Ritchie, MCA Chicago
Lucy Redoglia, LACMA



Above: Photo of The Phillips Collection by Max Hirshfield


AAMD Member Museums Celebrating Art Museum Day 2016

Following is a list of AAMD member museums participating in Art Museum Day 2016. 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*

Admission to the BMA is always free, but to mark the occasion, the Museum will offer a 20% discount on memberships with the code BMA20 and 20% off items in the Museum Store. We hope you will take advantage of these offers and celebrate Art Museum Day with us!


Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn University, Auburn*


Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery*†

MMFA Celebrates Art Museum Day Sunday, May 22

Jazz Jams and Family Art Affair
2 - 4 P.M.

Listen to jazz musicians jam in the Orientation Circle, and enjoy art making activities in the studios, inspired by An Alternate Vision: Self-Taught Art of the Twentieth Century from the MMFA Collection.  The exhibition is on view through June 19.

Opening of ARTWORKS Corridor Exhibition: Learning Through Art
3 - 4:30 P.M.

Learning Through Art will feature the artwork of 140 third grade and fourth grade students from the Wares Ferry Road Elementary School, who have been enrolled in the MMFA Artist in Residence Program for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Join us for the opening reception and student recognition ceremony on Sunday, May 22, from 3 to 4:30 P.M.  The show will be on view through June 26.



Anchorage Museum, Anchorage*


Wells Fargo Free Day: International Museum Day

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18
International Museum Day is an annual, worldwide event that acknowledges the importance of museums. Join the celebration, and let us know why you think museums matter. Stop by on your way to work for donuts and coffee, and dance to early morning tunes from 8 to 10 a.m. in conjunction with Bike to Work Day. Give your voice to #MuseumDay with various activities. Enjoy food trucks and live music from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Enter a drawing to win 10,000 Alaska Airline miles courtesy of GCI. Free general admission all day thanks to Wells Fargo.

Polar Morning // 12th Annual Bike to Work Station
8 - 10 am
Join the 2014 & 2015 Commuter Bike Challenge Mid-Size Company Champions - the Museum Pedalers as we ring in the bike commuting station with a live DJ and free morning nibbles courtesy of Muse Restaurant. Starting at 9 am, we are kicking off our International Museum Day celebration with free admission all day to the museum courtesy of Wells Fargo. Join us online for a mid-day digital program and starting at 4:30 pm for a food truck rally and live music! Also, stop on by to enter to win 10,000 airline miles courtesy of GCI.

Anchorage Museum is #CoolerThanEver...because of you.



Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock*

Free admission


Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville*

Free admission to temporary exhibitions as well as permanent collection


British Columbia

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver†

Thursday May 19

$5 off general admission for adult, senior, and student rates

Gallery Tours are free with admission



Asian Art Museum, San Francisco


To commemorate Art Museum Day, the Asian Art Museum will offer a 20% discount off any general admission ticket on Wednesday, May 18th.  Enter ‘Art Museum Day’ in the discount code box when purchasing your ticket online, or when purchasing the ticket in person at the museum.

Explore one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art.  Spanning 6,000 years, our collection of over 18,000 magnificent artworks – paintings, sculptures, bronzes, ceramics and much more – includes masterpieces unlike anything else in the world. 

Enjoy free docent-led tours or self-guided multimedia tours of the museum’s collections. Families with kids ages 5 and older can pick up an Elements of Art Explorer Pack to explore the galleries. Open 10 am to 5 pm.


The Broad, Los Angeles*



Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford*†

Sunday, May 22: Art Museum Day at the Cantor

Free admission

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*†

Free admission Sunday, May 15


J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles*



Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles*

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego*†

May 17: free admission at Downtown and La Jolla locations


Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara*


Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach*†

Sunday, May 22: Free admission

Docent Led-Tour at 2pm


Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach*


San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego*†

Free admission Tuesday, May 17


San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose*

"Member for a day" 10% discounts in Café and Museum Store


Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara*


UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley*

Visit the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive on Wednesday, May 18 for free admission to the exhibition galleries. Experience our spectacular new building in downtown Berkeley, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and view the groundbreaking inaugural exhibition Architecture of Life. The new BAMPFA is accessible night and day: galleries are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.



Aspen Art Museum, Aspen*

We invite guests to enjoy 50% off at SO, our roof-deck cafe, and enjoy our five solo shows in the galleries that are always free to visit.

Aspen Art Museum facility designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. Photo: Michael Moran/OTTO


Denver Art Museum, Denver

Free General Admission to all kids 18 and under will be celebrated on Museum Day and every day.


Museum of Contemporary Art Denver


Penny admission

10% off in cafe and shop, and 10% off off memberships



Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of American Art, Hartford*

Celebrate Art Museum Day with free admission 11 am - 5 pm. All special exhibitions included. Highlights tour of the permanent collection at 1 pm.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of American Art. Photo by Diana Guay Photography


District of Columbia

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum*

Enjoy free admission to the museum's current exhibitions; join a curator-led tour of works by 44 textile artists on view in "Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora"; and interact with objects from our education collection, including fibers, natural dye stuffs, and garments from around the world.

12:30 PM: Join Curator Lee Talbot for a tour of the exhibition "Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora," which features works by 44 textile artists from around the world.

All day: Interact with objects from our education collection, including fibers, natural dye stuffs, and garments from around the world.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Photo by Abby Greenawalt


Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Sunday, May 22

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens celebrates Art Museum Day by offering an additional $2 off for visitors who plan their visit online.


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden*

Highlights tour by Gallery Guides


National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution*

Opening on Art Museum Day: Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa

Guided docent led  tours

Discount in the museum store

National Museum of African Art


National Museum of Women in the Arts*

Looking for some artistic and intellectual nourishment during your lunch break? Join us from 12–12:30 p.m. for short gallery talks to explore highlights from special exhibitions and NMWA’s collection with museum staff.

This week, NMWA  Assistant Educator Ashley W. Harris discusses several works in the special exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.

National Museum of Women in the Arts. Photo by Dakota Fine


The Phillips Collection*

Become a member and receive a 20% discount. All new and renewing members on Art Museum Day will be entered for a chance to win a free membership or upgrade!

Noon: Join us for a 15-minute spotlight tour, focused on one work of art from the museum's permanent collection.

The Phillips Collection. Photo by Max Hirshfeld


Renwick Gallery*

Renwick Gallery Exhibition:
After a two year renovation our opening exhibition, WONDER, celebrates the Renwick Gallery’s renewed dedication to the future of art. Contemporary artists Gabriel Dawe, Patrick Dougherty, Tara Donovan, Janet Echelman and Leo Villareal have created site-specific installations, each taking over a different gallery and transforming the museum into an immersive artwork.

WONDER Gallery Talk with Karen Lemmey and Vince Rossi
Wednesday, May 18, noon
Karen Lemmey, SAAM sculpture curator and Vince Rossi, SI Digitization Office, discuss the 3D print of Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave.
Renwick Gallery, Meet at Information Desk

Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, WONDER exhibition, visitor enjoying Janet Echelman’s "1.8." Photo by Priscila Vazquez


Smithsonian American Art Museum*

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character, and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. The museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world.

Exhibition: No Mountains in the Way
Photographs by James Enyeart, Terry Evans, and Larry Schwarm

Fellows’ Lectures in American Art
Wednesday, May 18, 2–5 p.m.
SAAM’s 2015–16 fellows present new scholarship on topics ranging from Joseph Cornell to Sol LeWitt. Full schedule at

Lunder Behind the Scenes
Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.
Learn how conservators use science, art history, and skill to preserve the collection.
Lunder Conservation Center

SAAM Collection Highlight Tour
12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Meet in the F Street lobby

For families:

Visit the Luce Center to check out secret eye miniatures, audio tours, and cool jewelry. Ask about scavenger hunts at the Luce information desk, and try your luck to win a prize! While you are there, squish a penny and check out the Art-O-Mat

SAAM visitors in front of Nam June Paik’s "Electronic Superhighway." Photo by Ken Rahaim



Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach*

While the Bass is currently closed for renovation, join us at our bassX gallery at the Miami Beach Regional Library for Art Museum Day with a show by Miami-local, Emmett Moore.


The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

Members Day Out
Share your Love of The Dali

We invite Dalí Museum members to bring up to three guests for free on May 18, National Art Museum Day. While here with members, guests who purchase memberships save 20%.

Members receive an additional savings for the day, enjoying 20% off Store purchases and Café Gala orders; your guests save 15% on Store purchases as well as the day’s 20% Café savings.

Bring your friends and family and introduce them to the benefits of becoming a Dalí Museum member.*

Wed, May 18

*Valid only May 18, 2016. Members must accompany guests to qualify for free admission, Café, Store and membership
discounts. Three guests allowed per active membership. Membership discount for new memberships, excluding scholar
and upper levels. Not valid with other offers or discounts. We reserve the right to change or cancel this offer at any time.


Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville†

Thursday, May 12

6pm - 9pm: Museum Night

Free admission music, art making activities, tours and refreshments, and an Art Museum Day activity that offers visitors the opportunity to contribute to a digital mural about their own community art museum.


Lowe Art Museum, Miami*

The Lowe. Discover 5,000 years of world culture.


NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale*


Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando*

20 percent off of Museum Branded Merchandise—office supplies, toys, shot glasses, cups, mugs, t-shirts, and totes!
PLUS: Members save an additional 10 percent off their entire purchase (offer excludes consignment merchandise)


Pérez Art Museum Miami

$10 off memberships throughout the month of May


Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa*

Celebrate Art Museum Day with our exhibitions...

Public and Private-The Figure examined: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation

The Classical World

Tampa Museum of Art


Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach*

Gallery Tours, Gallery Family activities, smart ZONE ipad art activities and learning apps


The Wolfsonian - Florida International University, Miami Beach*†

Free Admission  Friday, May 20



The Columbus Museum, Columbus*†

Thursday, May 19

The Rothschild Distinguished Speaker Series
Featuring Mark Pascale, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Mark Pascale will discuss the evolution of contemporary drawing as he explore The Columbus Museum collection of drawings in the latest exhibition, "Between the Lines: American Drawings from the Columbus Museum".


Georgia Museum of Art, Athens*


We celebrate Art Museum Day with the same free admission we offer every day we are open. It's a great chance to review our permanent collection before we close most of those galleries for a reinstallation this summer! Share your experience with your friends and on social media.

10% discount in museum shop

2pm: Tour at Two


High Museum of Art, Atlanta*


High Museum of Art, Atlanta


Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta*


MOCA GA, Atlanta*


Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta*†

Saturday, May 14: Celebrate Art Museum Day by viewing the last day of the internationally regarded exhibition “Black Chronicles II,” which was organized by Autograph ABP and produced in collaboration with the Hulton Archive (a division of Getty Images). The Museum is the last of two venues in the United States to present this critically acclaimed exhibition, which explores the presence of black subjects in Victorian Britain through the prism of late 19th century studio portraiture. Be sure to see it before it closes for good.

10% off in the Museum Shop



Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu*


Celebrate Art Museum Day on May 18 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Admission is free!

Museum Shop will offer 10% discount.




Boise Art Museum, Boise†


Sunday May 22: Boise's International Museum Day Celebration



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


DePaul Art Museum, Chicago*


Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston*

The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University


Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago*



Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Chicago*



Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis†

May 17: Free admission

IMA Memberships will be 20% off

Gallery Tours:
1 pm Gauguin in Pont Aven
2 pm Closer Look in the Indiana Artists Club Exhibition (registration is required, limited seating)
2 pm Lilly House Tour
2 pm 19 Stars of Indiana Art: Bicentennial Exhibition
2 pm A Joy Forever: Marie Webster Quilts

Garden Tours:
1 pm Garden Guide Tour
2 pm Garden Guide Tour
3 pm Garden Guide Tour

11am – 2:30 pm Hold It! Carts (Art Basics Hold It! Cart from 11 -12:30; African Hold It! Cart from Noon – 1:30; Asian Hold It! Cart from 1-2:30)
1 – 3 pm Ask Me! Docents in permanent collection galleries


Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame*




Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines*

Celebrate Art Museum Day with the Des Moines Art Center with tours of the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Art Center!
11 am: Baby & Me Gallery Talk at the sculpture park; meet at Jaume Plensa's Nomade. Noon: Docent-led tour of the Art Center; meet in the lobby. Stop by the Museum Shop and mention Art Museum Day for a free Art Center postcard.


Figge Art Museum, Davenport*


University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City*

Visit the University of Iowa Museum of Art collections in all three of our temporary locations on Wednesday, May 18.  Free admission in Iowa City, IA and also at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA.



Wichita Art Museum*†

Free admission on Saturday May 21



New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans*

Join us for a noontime talk with Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, Prints and Drawings, who will discuss three photography exhibitions on view.




Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick*


Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville*†

Saturday, May 21

Free Admisison

10am: Sun Prints Workshop: Join the Museum for a morning of learning about photography, and make your own sun prints.


Portland Museum of Art, Portland*

$5 dollars off purchases of $50 or more



Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

3-4pm: guided tour of We Are On Treaty Land 




Academy Art Museum, Easton*


Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore*


The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore*†

Sunday, May 22

The Museum Store will be offering a 10% discount to all purchases made on May 22. Members will get an additional 10% off their member discount.

On May 22, the Walters Art Museum will attempt to break the world record for the Longest Game of Telephone. More than 1,330 volunteers are needed to form a line through the Museum’s galleries and pass a message—based on the Museum’s history—from beginning to end. Be a part of history by participating in this large-scale art game that nods to the original Guinness Record set in Baltimore for World’s First Instant Telecommunication in May 1844. This event will feature activities and presentations along the game path, and the opportunity to experience the Walters Art Museum like never before.

Register to participate at and you will be entered into a raffle to win original artwork, museum memberships and more.

This program is produced in partnership between the Walters Art Museum and Baltimore artist Lexie Mountain. It is funded in part with a grant from the Awesome Foundation.



Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover*

Expanded hours: open until 9pm


Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge*

The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission to all visitors on May 18. Explore the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, and see the special exhibition "Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia.

“Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia” at the Harvard Art Museums.


The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Thursday May 19: Free museum admission from 5-9pm as part of ICA Free Thursday Nights


MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge*

For Art Museum Day 2016, the List welcomes visitors to consider the Campus as Museum by exploring the exhibition "List Projects: Narrative Color" on view in our galleries and viewing highlights of the Public Art Collection across the Institute on guided tours.


Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge*

Norman Rockwell Museum is delighted to welcome visitors free of charge on May 18, 2016.  Enjoy rarely seen Rockwells and the timeless "Four Freedoms" among many other pieces of original art on view.  Also on view "Mac Conner: A New York Life" and "Joe De Mers: American Glamour."

Enjoy guided tours at 11:00, 12:30 and 2:30 through the galleries and gain insight into some of Norman Rockwell's most beloved pieces.


Peabody Essex Museum, Salem


Three extra months of membership to any new members that join on Art Museum Day, May 18


Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton*†

The Smith College Museum of Art will offer free admission May 12–15 and May 19–22 and Free Second Friday will be held on May 13. Details below.

Updates and further details:

Free admission

Thursday, May 12   10–4
Friday, May 13    10–8 PM (4–8, Second Friday at the Museum)
Saturday, May 14   10–5
Sunday, May 15   noon–4

The museum’s Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (second floor) will be open to all visitors on Friday, May 13, 10–4.

Second Friday at the Museum, Friday, May 13, 4–8 PM
Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view

4–6 pm Hands-on! —Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view: “Superheroes of Art and Nature” Create an Earth Day superhero, drawing inspiration from Rufino Tamayo’s mural Nature and the Artist
6 pm Open Eyes —Join a guided conversation exploring a different work of art each month Museum Shop open 11–8
Light refreshments

Free admission

Thursday, May 19   10–4
Friday, May 20    10–5
Saturday, May 21   10–5
Sunday, May 22   10–4
The museum’s Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (second floor) will be open to all visitors on Friday, May 20, 10–4.




Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City*

Lecture: Mexico’s Animals: mammals
Marcelo Aranda
Director of the Complex "Corredor Biológico Chichinautzin"
National Commission of Natural Protected Areas

Miguel Ángel Sicilia
Multimedia specialist
The National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity
18:00 h.

Guided Tours
Permanent collection
Explore highlights of the Mexican muralism through a variety of tours with Museum-trained volunteers. Murals of José Clemente Orozco, Jean Charlot, Fernando Leal, Ramón Alva de la Canal, Fermín Revueltas and Diego Rivera. 18:00 and 19:00 h.

Temporary exhibition: Rastros y vestigios. Indagaciones sobre el presente
This is the third reading of the Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection (CIAC). The exhibition, curated by Tatiana Cuevas, explores works of contemporary art as tools or incomplete testimonies for reconstructing interpretations. Artworks by Francis Alÿs, Carlos Amorales, Joseph Beuys, Mona Hatoum, On Kawara, Teresa Margolles, Gabriel Orozco, Andy Warhol and Wim Wenders, among others. 18:30 h.

Extended hours: 10:00 to 20:00 h.

Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso


Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City*


Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City


Free to 'Friends MUNAL', under 13, disabled, students, teachers and senior citizens presenting a valid ID, applies only to national entry. ICOM 50% discount.


Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Mexico City

Childrens activities, reading tales, and guided visits


MUAC - Museo Univeritario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City*

20% off on memberships

- Cuban videoart screenings "Political Insularities and stories of the (im)possible" May 19,18 - 20 h, MUAC's Auditorium,
TW: @publicosmuac
- Monica Mayer's performance "Aesthetic Cuddling: art, culture and scarcity"; May 22, 11h to 14 h. Ágora MUAC,
TW: @publicosmuac

- Free museum tours with conversation
15h and 16h, 18 May

- Free tour to the University Sculptural Ensemble; May 18, 13 h.

- On-site sketch workshps, May 18, 16 h. Agora, MUAC

Museo Univeritario Arte Contemporáneo


Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City*

Public Displays of Affection. Art, memory and place.
Talk with artist Oliver Blank and David Gutierrez Castaneda



Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit*

Free admission to the special exhibition, Dance! American Art 1830-1960


Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo†

Thursday, May 19

Free admission for kids 12 and under

Thursday Evening : Teacher Night

Thursday May 19, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Join the KIA for a casual, laid back evening where we celebrate YOU - the dedicated educators that make our schools great! Kick back, enjoy a glass of wine - or two - and soak it all in as KIA shows our gratitude and appreciation for everything that you do!
This event is FREE and open to all educators of all grade levels and subject areas.

RSVP here


Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing*

Celebrate international Art Museum Day by going green at the BroadPOP Studio! We’ll provide the plant, you decorate the pot. Offered monthly, BroadPOP puts a little DIY in your day. Share your creations with us online using #ArtMuseumDay and #BroadMSU!


Flint Institute of Arts, Flint*

10% discount in the museum shop & cafe



Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis*


Walker Art Center, Minneapolis*


Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis*

Enjoy your visit with a commemorative collection pack of art cards.




Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson




Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis*

In celebration of Art Museum Day, enjoy 20% off a CAM membership when purchased online or on-site on Wednesday, May 18!


Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis*

Discounts available in the museum shop


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City*†

May 20-22: In partnership with the National WWI Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is offering a 10% discount in each of our respective stores when a coupon is presented.


Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis*


Curatorial tour of the exhibition Ellipsis via Snapchat


Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis*

The Saint Louis Art Museum will join museums around the world and celebrate Art Museum Day on May 18, 2016 with a free drop-in public tour featuring highlights related to our buildings, our Museum's history, and permanent collection.




Missoula Art Museum, Missoula*†

Saturday, May 21: Free Admission

Adult Program:
Color Woodcuts wth Gesine Janzen
11 AM - 5 PM, $60/65

Participants will produce color reduction woodcuts from a single block. Using a process that starts with drawing, carving, layering on color, and then printing, participants will repeat the cycle, each time carving more away from the block and layering consecutive colors on top of each other until the image is complete.

Often the artist will begin with pale shades and end with the darkest colors printed last. This process can be a very spontaneous and efficient way to build an image.



Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha*

9:30am: Stroller Tour for adults and infants/toddlers. $5 for general public adults, free for Joslyn members and infants/toddlers. Reservations required

1pm: docent-guided tour of permanent collection highlights 


Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln*


A discount on select merchandise in the Sheldon Museum Store will be offered on Art Museum Day, May 18, 2016.


New Hampshire

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester*



New Jersey

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair*


10% off one item in The Store at MAM (20% for members)

9:30–11:30 a.m.: Parents with young children will enjoy MAM Park Bench, a program that introduces children to the Museum and serves as an artistic social outing. Get acquainted with other parents and young children, work on fun art projects, and take a guided tour of the Museum. The program is led by MAM Educator Angela Frasco and geared towards preschool age children. Storytelling provided in the galleries courtesy of the Montclair Public Library. Refreshments provided. There will be no discount (regular admission is $18/nonmember family, $6/member family).

Exhibitions On View


Newark Museum, Newark†

Saturday, May 21

Free Planetarium tickets for children

Free creative play activities for families
Free tours of Permanent Collection
Special Membership promotion


Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton*†

Saturday, March 21

Family Day: Imagine the Possibilities!

Enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family, including art projects, stories, games, scavenger hunts, live performances, and refreshments. 


Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick*

Special Gallery Program - Please visit for details.

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University


New Mexico

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe



New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo


Half-price memberships


American Folk Art Museum, New York*


Join us to celebrate Art Museum Day with a special guided tour of Spring Fling: Quilts from the Collection. Please meet in the museum atrium.

As part of Art Museum Day, the Museum Shop will extend $10.00 off any purchase over $75.00.


The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx*

20%-off memberships at all levels and a free tote for new members.


Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn

Come celebrate Art Museum Day with the Brooklyn Museum. We invite you to explore our refreshed collection galleries and new special exhibitions.

Admission for two with the purchase of one adult general admission ticket

2:00 pm Collection Highlights Tour


Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo*†

Thursday, May 19: Free admission

Hands on art making workshop

Gallery Tours


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York

Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the U.S. devoted to historic and contemporary design.

Half-price admission for Art Museum Day:

Adult: $9
Senior: $6
Students: $4

Imagination Playground (onsite at Museum: 2 E. 91st Street, NYC)
Wed., May 18, 2016
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
FREE (children ages 2-5)

Design By Hand | Campana Brothers Adult Product Design Workshop
Wed., May 18, 6:00-8:00 pm
Advance registration required

Installation view of Beauty — Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial


Corning Museum of Glass, Corning

Free cookies and punch

Docent tours throughout the day


The Drawing Center, New York*

Front façade of The Drawing Center


Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie*

Touch the Sky:  Art and Astronomy
Featuring more than 50 works by 18 artists including two site-specific works created especially for the show


The Frick Collection, New York


Wednesday, May 18

"Drop-in Sketching"
Free with museum admission; no reservations are necessary.

In celebration of Art Museum Day, visitors of all skill levels are invited to sketch in the Garden Court. Materials will be provided. Free with museum admission. Artists of all ages over ten are welcome.

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. 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.

Drop-in sketching at The Frick Collection. Photo by Lucas Chilczuk, courtesy of The Frick Collection


Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York*†

Saturday May 14: free admission

10% off publications


Guggenheim Museum, New York

$5 admission on May 18


Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca*


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York†

Friday, May 20, 5pm-8pm: Teens Take the Met

As part of the worldwide celebration of International Museum Day 2016, more than 2,000 teens and 40 youth and cultural organizations from New York’s five boroughs will convene at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., for Teens Take The Met!—an innovative teen-centered, Museum-wide evening of creativity. The evening is free for all teens (age 13 or older) with a middle- or high-school ID, and features art making, music, performance, gallery activities, films, a dance party, and more.

The schedule for the evening will include a mega-weaving activity with The Met’s Artist in Residence, Peter Hristoff; poetry- and songwriting workshops with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development; live performances; digital music-making; drama and dance workshops; and much more.

Photo of Teens Take the Met by Don Pollard.


The Morgan Library and Museum, New York

12:30 pm Highlights Tour
2 pm Sight Reading Tour
3 pm Highlights Tour

The Morgan Library & Museum, Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2014.


Museum of Arts and Design, New York


Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase*


The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City*



Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill*


The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York*†

In celebration of Art Museum Day, join us on Sunday, May 22 for free admission! Register at for free tickets to a gallery tour at 1pm and a family program at 2pm.


North Carolina

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill*†

Family and Friends Sunday

Spend an interactive, art-filled afternoon with family and friends at the Ackland Art Museum. All ages of art-lovers are invited. FREE.

22 May 2016, 1:00-5:00 PM

MAKE: Create “Abstract Ice Art” inspired by works in "Depth Perception: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2016."

MEET: Artists from the exhibition "Depth Perception" will be on hand for a meet-and-greet.

PLAY: Challenge a friend to Ackland Museum Bingo while exploring the collection galleries.


Ackland Art Museum visitors may pick up a coupon good for 10% off at their purchases at the Ackland Museum Store.

• Museum members with the coupon and their valid membership card will enjoy an extra 10% on top of their standard 10% discount.

• Discount coupon may be redeemed at the Ackland Museum Store from Sunday 5/22/2016 through Tuesday 5/24/2016.



The Mint Museum, Charlotte

Forget “Art Museum Day” – Mint Museum is providing an entire WEEK of discounted and FREE events for the public to experience all that art museums have to offer!

Beginning on Sunday, May 15, enjoy a special “Sunday Fun Day” with free admission for kids, half-price admission for adults, and NO special exhibition fees to see “Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint” or “Pumped: The Art & Craft of Shoemaking”!

The week continues on Wednesday May 18 with the Mint’s four FREE hours of general-admission access from 5-9 p.m., which will also be accompanied by FREE special exhibition access in honor of Art Museum Day! [Also enjoy a FREE “Evening of Poetry & Music” at Mint Museum Randolph from 7-8:30 p.m.]

On Thursday May 19 at noon, enjoy FREE lunchtime tours at all three museums in Levine Center for the Arts, including the Mint, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture.

On Friday May 20, the Mint will open its doors for two special FREE hours of access from 6-8 p.m. in honor of the Charlotte Symphony’s outdoor “plazacast” of Romeo + Juliet!

And finally, wrap up the week with the biggest event of all – the Levine Center for the Arts #LongLiveArts festival, featuring a full day of FREE access to all three museums, interactive activities both inside and outdoors on the plaza, performances, food trucks, and more! Festival hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 21.


Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham*

11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

The museum is hosting a book discussion on Create Dangerously, written by Edwidge Danticat.

Visitors are encouraged to read the book prior to the discussions. Books are available for purchase in the Nasher Museum Store.


Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem


Reynolda House will join thousands of museums around the world in this celebration of Art Museum Day and International Museum Day. Admission includes the Museum's renowned art collection on view throughout the restored 1917 home of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds, as well as the Reynolda House-exclusive exhibition "Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light."

This year’s theme, Museums and Cultural Landscapes, fits perfectly with Reynolda, as we complete the Reynolda Landscape Restoration project and join exhibition sponsor Modern Automotive in announcing the winner of the Modern Landscape Black-and-White Photography Contest inspired by our Ansel Adams exhibition.

Visitors receive one free admission with each paid admission

Museum members can bring four friends for free

Reynolda House Museum of American Art


North Dakota

Plains Art Museum, Fargo*



Akron Art Museum, Akron*†

Kick Off Party: Highland Square Market
May 19, 2016, 7:00 pm
Celebrate the first Highland Square Farmers Market of the year with a snack worthy celebration. We’ve asked a local chef Ashley Young of Fire & Ash to lead a cooking demonstration using ingredients purchased at the market. Enjoy a cocktail, explore the Snack exhibition and mingle with market goers and purveyors.

Managed by Countryside Conservancy, the Thursday market features over 20 local food vendors and takes place at the intersection of West Market and Conger Avenue in Akron from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

15% off purchases in the Museum Shop if you tell the shop staff you came because you love Art Museum Day. Discount does not combine with member discounts, or other shop coupons, promotions or discounts. Good for May 19, 2016 only.


Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin*†

Saturday, May 21 at 1pm: Highlights tour of the Allen Memorial Art Museum galleries, led by Oberlin College student docents.


The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown*†

Our focus day for Art Museum Day is May 18, but we have special programs focusing on Art Museum Day throughout the entire week!

Starting Sunday, May 15, Free “Family Fun Guide” for the current exhibition Autumn de Forest: The Tradition Continues will be available

Thursday, May 19, 10am: Arts in the Early Morning: Senior Art & Learn

Sunday, May 22: Free Family Day featuring a Scavenger Hunt, tour of Autumn de Forest exhibition and correlated Art Activity in Sweeney Children’s Gallery


Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati*

Current exhibitions: 

30 Americans

Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati

Cincinnati Art Museum


Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus*†


DOGS special exhibition
3 free, public tours of CMA
Selfie Station
Join the Conversation stations
Guide by Cell tours

Free Gift with purchase of $25 or more in Museum Store

The new Margaret M. Walter Wing at the Columbus Museum of Art


The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton**

The Dayton Art Institute will waive its suggested general admission fee and offer free general admission to its permanent collection on Wednesday, May 18, as part of the celebration of Art Museum Day. Regular admission prices will still apply to the special exhibition Into the Ether: Contemporary Light Artists.

The Dayton Art Institute, photo by Ken Miller


Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo*



Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus*



Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto†

Wednesday, May 18
Free admission, public opening and artist’s talk for the new exhibition “Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop.”



Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor*

Free docent-led gallery tour


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa*†

Sunday May 22 from 10 am to 6 pm: free admission

See your favourite exhibitions for free on Sunday May 22! We’re offering free admission from 10 am to 6 pm in celebration of International Museums Day. Visit Picasso: Man and Beast. The Vollard Suite of Prints. Stop by the Chris Cran exhibition for a spotlight talk. Kids can even make a watercolour landscape at the Artissimo kiosk. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

National Collection
Experience the Gallery’s national collection, featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of Canadian art, historical and contemporary indigenous art, masterpieces by renowned European and American artists, and dynamic contemporary art by today’s best artists.


11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Artissimo: Watercolour Landscapes

Look at art and make art at Artissimo where families explore artworks in the Gallery’s collection in fun ways, and then use their experiences as inspiration for art-making.


2:00 pm in English
2:30 pm in French

Spotlight Talk: Chris Cran, Sincerely Yours
Take a 10-minute art break. Join us for a spotlight talk in the Chris Cran, Sincerely Yours exhibition and see the works on view in a whole new light. Considered one of Canada’s most notable contemporary artists, Alberta’s Chris Cran is renowned for his humorous and inventive takes on traditional genres such as still life, portraiture, landscape and abstraction.

10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm in English
11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm in French

Docent’s Choice
Discover some of the must-see works in the national collection with the help of our docents. These engaging 10-minute talks are given by Gallery volunteers.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa



Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene*


Portland Art Museum, Portland*†


Free admission on Sunday, May 15

Portland Art Museum



The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh†

Exposures: Artist Talk
Saturday, May 14, 2016
The Warhol theater
Exposures artist Zhiwan Cheung discusses his installation Hanging Fruit with Jessica Beck, The Warhol’s associate curator of art. In relation to his recent work, Cheung discusses how working in Pittsburgh has shaped his practice and where he hopes to take his work in the future. Cheung also shows a sequence of films from his graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University and installation photographs of his senior thesis The Impossibility of Home, exhibited at the CMU’s Miller Gallery in spring 2016 in the exhibition Self Driving Car. Hanging Fruit is on view in The Warhol Store’s street-facing through August 14, 2016.
FREE and presented in recognition of Art Museum Day.  #ArtMuseumDay

Zhiwan Cheung, The Impossibility of Home, installation, 2016, courtesy of the artist


Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford*


Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh*

Celebrate Art Museum Day with Carnegie Museum of Art, and International Museum Day with our sister museum Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Visitors receive free admission to both museums on May 18.

And, come back 6 p.m. on May 19 for Celebration Red with artist Alison Knowles. Bring a red object to contribute toward her collaborative installation. Both museums are free from 6-8 p.m.


The Frick Pittsburgh*


The Frick Pittsburgh will offer free docent-led tours of Clayton, the historic Frick family home, on Wednesday, May 18.

Clayton, the historic home of the Henry Clay Frick family


Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia*


Palmer Museum of Art, State College*

The Palmer Museum of Art, located on Penn State’s University Park campus, is a significant centerpiece of cultural activity for Penn State, central Pennsylvania, and beyond. Visitors of all ages are welcome to explore the museum’s exhibitions and collections on display throughout eleven galleries, as always, admission free. In celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18, docents will be on duty to answer questions and provide impromptu tours in the temporary exhibition, “American Art in the Shadow of World War I,” and throughout the galleries.

Hull Gallery of American Art, Palmer Museum of Art


Penn Museum, Philadelphia

All visitors are entitled to 50% off regular Museum General Admission. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions.

10% off new Penn Museum general membership.

In the Penn Museum's second-floor Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery, visitors can take in the 15-ton Sphinx and its surrounding pillars and gateways, which date back to the 19th Dynasty (ca. 2393-2285 BCE) in Memphis, Egypt. The Sphinx of Ramesses II was excavated from the sacred enclosure of the temple of the god Ptah. The pillars and gateways were part of the palace of Merenptah.


Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia*

Open late Wednesday Nights until 8:45pm


Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg*

7pm: SmART Chat – Gallery Talk

Join The Westmoreland’s Chief Curator Barbara Jones for a gallery talk in the "Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-century American Art" exhibition. Learn the important role that narrative paintings serve, not only as historical records of a society, but for capturing the shared values, social conventions and practices of an age.

Image of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art courtesy of the Museum



Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce*†

Family workshops during the day

Free concert


Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan

Free admission 2pm-8pm



Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

Wednesday, May 18: half-price admission from 5pm-9pm

Discounts on memberships


Rhode Island

RISD Museum, Providence*



South Carolina

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia*



Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis*†

Bugs and Frogs Family Day

Saturday, May 21, 10am-2pm

Join the Dixon for a garden celebration! Bugs and critters will be the guests of honor. Learn about them and their Dixon environment. Enjoy art, live music, healthy snacks and much more. Free admission. All ages welcome.


Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville*

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Photo by Sanford Myers


Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis*

Every visitor film passes to the Memphis Brooks Film Series



Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth*

Amon Carter Museum of American Art


Blanton Museum of Art, Austin



The Contemporary Austin*


Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas**


Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth*


McNay Art Museum, San Antonio†

Free admission 4pm-9pm on Thursday, May 19


Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, Dallas*


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth*

2pm: docent tour

Special exhibitions include Frank Stella: A Retrospective and FOCUS: Thomas Demand


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston**†

Thursday May 19: free general admission

6:30pm: Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “The Womb of Culture: African Maternity Imagery Through the Ages”

7pm: Fashion Fusion a runway show of student-created fashions inspired by MFAH's  current exhibition. More info at    Additionally, we have a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. and an variety of free drop-in gallery talks throughout the day.


Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas*

Join us for International Museum Day!

Visitors are invited to celebrate this special day, which will include free admission, tours, a scavenger hunt and special offers for Nasher members. Explore what makes our museum unique and share your favorite sculpture in the Nasher Collection.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
11 am – 5 pm

Come support the Nasher Sculpture Center as it once again joins museums across the world to celebrate International Museum Day and Art Museum Day.

Scheduled Activities include:

Drop-in Tours by Nasher Museum Ambassador
11 am and 3 pm

Scavenger Hunt, Family Guide for Installation, and Gallery Kits

Available throughout the day at the Admissions Desk


San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio**†

The San Antonio Museum of Art is offering free general admission all day Sunday, May 22 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to celebrate National Art Museum Day!

Museum tours will take place at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm.

Please note there is an additional surcharge to view the exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience.

San Antonio Museum of Art



Shelburne Museum, Shelburne†

Sunday, May 22



Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg - The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg*

10:30 a.m. A Dog's Life - tour of dogs in art (45 min)
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Decorative Arts Highlights Tour (30 min)
11:30 a.m. Secret Keepers - explore 18th-century networks to hide runaway slave fugitives (1 hour)
12 noon and 2 p.m. Introduction to Folk Art Tour (30 min)
1:45 p.m. A Mother's Wisdom - Mrs. Custis gets advice from her mother before marrying young Colonel George Washington. (1 hour)
3 p.m. Mapping Revolution to Republic Tour - discover what maps tell us about the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the new Republic (45 min)


Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk*

First 300 visitors receive a free gift!

Join us at 1:00 p.m. for a Gallery Talk: How We Build the Collection

Join Brock Curator of American Art Alex Mann and hear behind-the-scenes stories about how the Chrysler chooses and acquires new works of art.  The centerpiece of this gallery talk will be a remarkable painting currently on loan to the Museum: “Landscape and Boat” (ca. 1880) by pioneering African American artist Edward Mitchell Bannister.

Join us at Noon at the Glass Studio where they try to re-create the Norfolk Mace.

Enjoy $10 off all new and renewed Individual, Household, and Associate Level Memberships!


The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville*

12pm: Lunchtime talk on Art Lovers


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


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond**

All visitors on May 18 will receive a coupon for one free admission to our Kehinde Wiley exhibition valid June 13-24

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA



Asian Art Museum, Seattle*

Enjoy FREE admission to SAM’s Asian Art Museum! The Asian Art Museum resides in a 1933 Art Deco building in lush Volunteer Park. Renowned collections from China, Japan, India, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas span the ages from ancient times to contemporary and can be seen in rotation along with special exhibitions.


Frye Art Museum, Seattle*


Guided Tours: 11:30 am and 1 pm
Mindfulness Meditation: 12 pm

Museum Store: 10% discount on non-consignment items.
Museum Cafe: 10% off one item.
Membership: 20% off all memberships; sign up for a $150 level membership and receive a free Frye Art Museum Tote Bag.


Henry Art Gallery, Seattle*


Museum of Glass, Tacoma

2 for 1 admission

$10 off memberships at any level


Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane

Wednesday, May 18: Open 10am-8pm

$2.00 off when Museum guests come in and say: "Happy Art Museum Day!"

The Northwest Museum aims to be the cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest by engaging the community and visitors through history, arts, & Plateau Native culture.

Join us for our current treasure filled exhibits: TREASURE! (Until May 29th), Nuunimnix: a Nez Perce Exhibit, Norma Basset Hall: Block Prints and Serigraphs, & Secret Life of an Artifact; learn how we preserve pieces in our Collections and Archives.


Seattle Art Museum, Seattle**

Enjoy FREE admission to SAM's collection galleries! At the Seattle Art Museum, one block from Pike Place Market, light-filled galleries invite you to wander through global art collections and special exhibitions from around the world. Our collections span from Northwest Coast Native to old masters and leading edge contemporary art.


Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma*