From the Field

Art Museum Day 2014

April 10, 2014

For the fifth 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 Sunday, May 18. 

In 2013, approximately 169 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.

Huffington Post: AAMD Executive Director Chris Anagnos on Art Museum Day 2012

Image: The RISD Museum celebrated Art Museum Day 2013 with The Big Draw, a celebration of drawing inspired by the internationally acclaimed campaign that encourages drawing in its many forms. Image courtesy of RISD Museum.


AAMD Member Museums Celebrating Art Museum Day 2014

Following is a list of AAMD member museums participating in Art Museum Day 2014. 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


An education program at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Image courtesy of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.



Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham*
Self-guided looking materials focused on selected works in the permanent collections

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn*
1-4 pm
Experience the opening weekend of Matt Moulthrop: Auburn Oak, Heartwood: Woodturned Vessels by Matt, Philip, and Ed Moulthrop, John Augustus Walker's Historical Panorama of Alabama Agriculture, Picturing an Era: Art from the Great Depression to the Second World War. Out of the Box: An Outdoor Juried Sculpture Exhibition and By Heart: Selections from the Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Collection also on view. Resources for self-guided tours available.

2 pm
Documentary screening: Gasland II

1-6 pm
Lee County Master Gardeners of Alabama Garden Tour (free admission at JCSM and Auburn University's Ag Heritage Park Red Barn only). The museum has enhanced the Susan Phillips Gardens to feature boxwood hedges, an English-inspired formal area complete with knot gardens and a woodland landscape.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery*
1-2pm: Experience Romantic Spirits: A staff-led, family-friendly tour of a special exhibition of Southern art
2-4pm: Jazz Jams: Live music of the South for all ages
12:30 - 4:30 Check out one of our new Education Backpacks: Imaginative,gallery activities for elementary students and their families


Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
Buy one adult, get one child free (general admission only) and enjoy special deals on Memberships, the PhxArtKids Gallery, a variety of scavenger hunts and #HollywoodCostume exhibition programs throughout the day. More information available here

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson*
1-3pm: Drop-in education program based on the exhibition Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art Works from the Bank of America Collection


The Possible Workshop at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Another The Possible Workshop is taking placea the museum on Art Museum Day. Photo by Nirit Gur-karby; image courtesy of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.


Asian Art Museum, San Francisco*†
To commemorate Art Museum Day, the Asian Art Museum will offer free admission on Saturday, May 17 in conjunction with San Francisco's annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration held outside the museum. Indian dance demonstrations, art making, gallery tours, Southeast Asian dance and music performances are some highlights that visitors can enjoy with family and friends. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley*
11am-3pm: Hands-on workshops as part of our exhibition, The Possible, an open platform for creative experimentation and exchange. Museum visitors are invited to explore natural dye, ceramics, and printing in the onsite studios.

3pm: Artists' Talks with the 2014 graduates of UC Berkeley's Masters of Fine Arts program

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford*
Free Family Sunday: Bring art alive for your family! Themes for tours and art-making activities change every Sunday. All ages are welcome.
Family tours at 12:30, 1, 1:30, and 2 pm, free
Focused drawing in the galleries from 12:30 to 5 pm, free
Art-making in the studio at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 pm, free

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento*
Special interactive gallery experiences

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco**†
5/16 Public Programs at the Legion of Honor
Daily Docent Tours

5/16 Public Programs at the de Young
Daily Docent Tours
1–8:30 pm, Artist Studio
6–8:30 pm, Friday Nights at the de Young: 40 Years of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon
6–8:30 pm, Mixed-Media Art, Grand Hats for All! Projects for All
6:30–7:15 pm, Live music by Fog
7:15 pm, Special Performance by a cast member from Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon
7:45–8:30 pm, Live music by Fog
7 pm, Guest Lecture: The Dream of the 90's Was Alive in Oakland!
Lexa Walsh and collaborators

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles*
Two exhibitions close: Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880-1914 and Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles*

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach*
Special interactive docent-guided tours, drawing in the galleries, print-making activities inspired by the exhibition Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories, and sculpture-making activities inspired by ex·pose: dana harel. Docent-guided tours will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. every hour on the top of the hour.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
12 pm Lecture: Paola Antonelli—The New Frontiers of Design

12:30 pm Family Activity: Here, Kitty Kitty

12 pm Highlights of the Museum: Ancient to Modern
1 pm Art of Polynesia
1:30 pm Spotlight Talk
2 pm Art of Japan
2:30 pm Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections
3 pm European Art

6 pm The Crossroads Chamber Orchestra (Alexander Treger Conducting)

The Mexican Museum, San Francisco*

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego*
On Sunday, May 18, MCASD will celebrate Art Museum Day by offering free admission at both locations. We’ve invited our favorite local makers and designers to set up shop at the La Jolla location, where they’ll offer our visitors a full day of shopping in our Made X Design Market. Guests will also enjoy guided tours of exhibitions at 2 and 4 PM, and family friendly art-making activities in our beautiful Sculpture Garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach*
Docent and artist-led tours of the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Her Photos
Drop-in art workshop and live musical performances

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
OMCA Family Activity: Pan for Gold!

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs*†
Sunday, May 11: Art Party '14
Create, play, and explore as you paint, sculpt, try printmaking or sketch in the galleries. Watch a potter working at the wheel, see art films, listen to art-filled stories, and more.

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego*
• Open 12 noon to 5:00 p.m., free to the public
• Art making projects for ages 5 to 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Family friendly, bilingual Docent led tours throughout the day
• Old Masters Concert from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose*
Sign up for a free “membership for a day” on May 18. Free admission, plus Museum Store and Café discounts, good on May 18, 2014

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara*
Exhibitions on view:
Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood
May 11 – August 31, 2014

Heavenly Bodies
February 23 - May 25, 2014

Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation and the Collection of Michael Armand Hammer

Free Docent tours:
Heavenly Bodies at 12 pm
Techniques at 1 pm

Timken Museum of Art, San Diego*
Themed afternoon tours
Free gift with membership purchase



Aspen Art Museum, Aspen*
10% discount on select items in the AAM shop
AAM ArtCart will be available for families and visitors of all ages to explore their creativity

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
10% off select shop items
Free Still Calendar

Denver Art Museum, Denver
Free for visitors under 18
CelebrARTE, a family-centric, multicultural program (more information forthcoming)



At a recent CelebrARTE, an attendee works in the create-your-own-pinata based on animals represented in the Denver Art Museum's Pre-Columbian art collection. Image courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.


Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
50% off museum admission



Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of American Art, Hartford*†
Saturday, May 10
Free Admission

Free family programs 10 am - 1 pm

Explore art with your family, encourage creativity, and expand your imagination through conversation and discovery. Each program is free and includes hands-on art projects, tours for families, live music, and engaging fun through film, theater and dance.

Free docent guided tours at 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven*
1pm: Tour of Frame and Friendship: Pope, Roubiliac, and the Portrait Bust in Eighteenth-Century Britain


District of Columbia

National Museum of African Art*
Guided tour of the exhibition Visions of the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone from noon to 1 p.m.
Discounts in the museum store from 1 to 3 p.m.

National Museum of Women in the Arts*

National Portrait Gallery*

Docent’s Choice Tours
1:30 and 4:30 p.m., Meet in the F Street lobby
Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the “America's Presidents” exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view.

Highlights of the Portrait Gallery
11:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Meet in the F Street lobby
Look for our friendly docent who will give a tour of one of the following: highlights of the museum, the “America's Presidents” exhibition, or one of the special exhibitions currently on view.

Cineconcert: Andrew E. Simpson and “Ben-Hur”
1:00 p.m., Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
Acclaimed pianist and composer Andrew E. Simpson will premiere his original score for “Ben-Hur” (1925) during a screening of the film. “Ben-Hur” is a rarely screened masterpiece of early cinema and the silent era and tells the story of a prince who is betrayed and imprisoned but goes on to become a famous chariot racer. This epic adventure film, featuring high-speed chariot races and action-packed battles, was one of the most elaborate, expensive and technically advanced movies of the silent era. “Ben-Hur” was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” This program is free, but tickets are required. Pick up free tickets beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the G Street Lobby. Limit two tickets per person.

Portrait Story Days: Anna May Wong
2:00 to 5:00 p.m., First floor, education center, room E151
Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story about an influential person in the Portrait Gallery’s collection and create a piece of art inspired by his or her life and portrait. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.

Portrait Discovery Kits
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the Portrait Gallery’s collection and their contributions to American history. The kits offer a self-guided tour, “Seek and Find” cards, “Portrait Detective” and “Historian Guides,” and a “Compare and Contrast” activity using a doll. Visitors can check out kits just outside of the education center, room E151 on the first floor. Kits must be returned prior to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.

The Phillips Collection

  • Special Exhibition Tour of Made in the U.S.A.: A guide will use inquiry-based techniques to engage the audience and encourage them to share personal responses to the artwork in Made in the U.S.A.
  • In-Gallery Interactive: “What is Amelia Thinking?”: participatory program asks audiences to share their creative responses to Thomas Eakins’s painting, Miss Amelia Van Buren. Selected submissions will be highlighted on the Phillips’s blog.
  • In-Gallery Interactive: uCurate at the Phillips: uCurate, an engagement technology first designed for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, allows users to curate their own virtual exhibitions. Our program allows participants to choose from 52 artworks featured in Made in the U.S.A. and arrange them in a “virtual gallery.” From inside our seated uCurate lounge, visitors can explore the program using three touchscreen panels. Once their masterpiece is finished, virtual curators are encouraged to upload their exhibition to the Phillips’s website and share it through social media using #MyAmericanArt.
  • Tryst café will feature American Royal, a sparkling cocktail made with prosecco, campari and sweet vermouth, served over ice. This special beverage will be available only on May 18!
  • The Phillips’s Made in the U.S.A. postcard packs contain five postcards, each featuring a different work from the special exhibition, and a set of markers for creating your own vibrant masterpieces. These packs will be available at a discounted price ($4.95) for one day only!

Smithsonian American Art Museum*
1pm: Cineconcert: Andrew E. Simpson and Ben-Hur


The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg†
Monday May 19, 2014
In support of Art Museum Day, Members may bring up to 3 friends to the museum - for FREE! Plus, members & their guests can enjoy half-off at Café Gala.

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, Gainesville*†
Free admission every day

Thursday, May 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Harn Museum of Art during Museum Nights. Art by K-12 Alachua County students and poetry and prose written by university students all inspired by the Harn’s collections, will be showcased. Visitors can add to our mural featuring what part of our collections make personal connections for them. Performances, art making, tours and other activities relating to the recently opened “Life is a Highway: Prints from Japan’s Tokaido Road” exhibition will also take place.

May 18: visitors may view art by K-12 students and read poetry and prose by university students, inspired by the Harn’s collections
View and add to mural featuring how a work of art makes a connection in your life.

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables

NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale

Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando*

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami*
Special guided tours in celebration of Art Museum Day. Tours will begin every hour on the hour, starting at 11am. Details available at

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota*
Visitors will be offered the opportunity to engage in conversations with stationed docents throughout the galleries. This less structured approach to visitor engagement will allow us to serve more visitors in a less formal atmosphere and encourage interaction between docents and guests.

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa*

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach*



The Columbus Museum, Columbus*
Free family scavenger hunt, storytime for school aged children, and arts in crafts at the Museum, offered in partnership with Fort Benning’s Parent to Parent program.

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens*†
Saturday, May 17
Family Day: Images of Family
Explore depictions of family in an exhibition of artist Carroll Cloar’s lithographs, then create your own family portraits in the Michael and Mary Erlanger Studio Classroom. Join us in the galleries at 11 a.m. for a special interactive gallery games tour.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta*
The High Museum of Art will offer free admission on May 18 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on  Sunday, May 18, 2013.The discount is available for both advance online and walk-up ticket sales. Come view Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door that closes on May 18.

Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, Atlanta*

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta*

Telfair Museums, Savannah
Hourly docent - guided tours of current Jepson Center exhibitions at 1, 2 and 3 pm. We also extend What Can We Make?, our drop-in studio activity, to Sunday afternoon from 1 – 4 pm with a family hands-on project linked to current exhibitions. Art Museum Day programs are free to Telfair Members or with standard admission to the Jepson Center.



Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu*
The museum celebrates the start of the round-the-world trip of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule‘a with art activities, a gallery hunt for ocean-related art, and entertainment. More information available here


Boise Art Museum, Boise
1-3pm: Stop-Motion Animation Demo
Talk to experts about the processes of creating stop motion animation similar to techniques used by artist Stacey Steers, who created the short film Night Hunter.
12-5: Free Boise Museums Association Museum Day celebration at the MK Nature Center. Hands-on activities, information and exhibitions, including a flip-book activity for visitors to create their own flip-books related to the exhibition Stacey Steers: Night Hunter at BAM



Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
$10 off all museum store purchases over $75
Select free museum postcards available to children under the age of 14 in the museum shop

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago*
The MCA Chicago celebrates Art Museum Day all weekend with a number of activities and opportunities for all ages.

Saturday, May 17: The entire MCA Chicago is activated for 21Minus with a day of teen-led workshops, performances, art installations, and interventions—all designed to showcase the talents of the next generation of artists and cultural producers. The afternoon of interactive experiences is hosted by MCA’s Teen Creative Agency. Get the full range of activities and opportunities offered during 21Minus. Museum admission is free for guests 21 and under and their families, all ages are welcome. Guests are invited to share their experience online using #21minus or #ArtMuseumDay. Young people are also invited to apply to join the Teen Creative Agency.

Sunday, May 18: Admission is free to all guests. Enjoy free docent tours at noon, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Guests are invited to share their experience and interact with @mcachicago on Twitter and Instagram using #ArtMuseumDay; the best Instagram photo of the day that includes #ArtMuseumDay will win an exhibition poster from our previous exhibition Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac.

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago*



Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis*
Free Parking
Free docent tours throughout the day

Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame*
Free posters of collection highlights


Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines*
2pm: Free collection tour
Free postcard giveaway in the museum shop



Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Museum Day activities:
o Photo booth with SMA props, highlighting theme “Museum collections make connections”
o Postcard packet giveaway
o Balloon arch to welcome passerby into the Museum
o Refreshments

Ongoing Museum activities:
o Self-guided activities: introduce several new thematic self-guided tours for visitors
o An Ear for Art: new gallery tour brochure and campus sculpture tour brochures will be distributed
o Art Cart: Japanese Hanging Scrolls. Families have the opportunity to learn about Japanese scrolls and decorate one of their own

Wichita Art Museum, Wichita*
Self-guided artmaking in The Living Room from noon to 5 pm, free



Speed Art Museum, Louisville*
Free family art activity at Local Speed



New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans
Art on the Spot, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Visitors will have the opportunity to work on various art projects for all ages at the "Art on the Spot" table.

GalleryQuest all day: Visitors of all ages are are invited to join in on a scavenger hunt for different works in NOMA's permanent collection throughout the museum.

Docent Guided tours at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.



Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville*

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland*
Stories of the Land and Its People student exhibition opening

Portland Museum of Art, Portland
Pick up an interactive map to visit the PMA Family Space. Make your own wall-sized design! Experience the Family Voices Cell Phone Tour. Use the question cards, audio tours, and hands-on activities of the Stop & Look stations to learn more about Neoclassical sculpture and Impressionist paintings.



Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore**
Free General Admission 
Free Family Sundays: Invent an Imaginary Landscape hands-on activity in the Sculpture Garden (weather permitting), 2-5 p.m.
Sunday Shorts half-hour guided tour, 2:30 p.m.
Special Gifts for New Members get a free gift and 50% off all Renoir items, as well as shopping and dining discounts. Join at the BMA Box Office, Shop or

The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore**
- Drop-in art activities in the museum studios
- ArtCarts stocked with activities for kids and families throughout the museum
- The Conservation Window is open for visitors to engage with and watch conservators at work
- Tour of art of the Ancient World


Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover*
Free Drop-In Family Day, during which visitors of all ages are invited to tour the museum’s spring exhibitions and make their own unique works of art

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
10% off at The ICA Store with paid admission

MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge*
Special gallery talk on the exhibition 9 Artists
hands-on art making activity.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Free gallery talks and hands-on art activities in The Art Zone

Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem
3 free months of membership for anyone who purchases a membership on Art Museum Day

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton*
The Eye is a Door: Gallery Conversation, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Guided by a member of the Museum staff, discover a new way to see the landscapes around you. Join a conversation about the exhibition, The Eye is a Door, featuring photography by renowned landscape architect and artist Anne Whiston Spirn.
For families with children ages 4+: SCMA offers “Kids’ Corners” and “Please touch!” gallery books and puzzles.

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester†
Thursday, May 22, 2-5pm: Nude Drawing



Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City*
Guided tours and concerts. More information available here

Museo Arocena, Torreón, Coahuila de Zaragoza*
Free admission from May 14 to May 18

Cultural program from May 9th to May 18

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City*
Special tours and programs. More information available here

Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City*
Special tour of the exhibition Encuentro. México-Colombia. Previous reservations required. More information available here

Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City*
Marimba concert with HUATEKI group
Cycle of international animated short films by Cinclub Itinerante Cortomanía
Free Guided Tours that include access to the collection of Decorative Arts of the museum and to the temporary exhibitions

Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City*
Extended opening hours: 10am to 9pm

12 PM, 4 PM and 6 PM : Special visit Zapatista landscape, our greatest traveler

11 AM, 4 PM and 7 PM : Guided visit of  The Male Nude. Dimensions of masculinity from the 19th century and beyond

Museo Nacional de San Carlos, Mexico City*
Special activities and programs. More information available here

Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City*
More information available here

Museo Tamayo, Mexico City*


Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit**
Free-drop in art-making workshop
$4 off coupons will be available for tickets to special exhibition, Samurai: Beyond the Sword
Use discount code SAM4

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing*

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint*

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids*†
Free Admission Tuesday, May 21
May 18, 1pm: drop-in exhibition tour of Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo*
1:30 p.m. Family Tour: Story time, looking together and make it-take it fun
2 p.m. Public Tour: Join the discussion as we explore the collection. Today’s topic is Artist as Innovator
2:30-4:30 p.m. Drawing in the Galleries: All skill levels, supplies provided. Guest artists from Western Michigan University’s Modern Painters Society will be on hand to offer ideas and advice.


Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis**
10% off all purchases in the Store at the MIA, with an additional 10% off for MIA members.

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis*

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis* 10% discount in the WAM Shop visitors.



Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson


Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, Saint Louis*
10% discount in the shop for everyone
An additional 10% discount for Kemper members
Cookies/lemonade from 11a – 1p
Art Museum Day scavenger hunt

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City**
Museum Weekend May 17 & 18: choose a free art book/catalogue from a display in Bloch Lobby
We are partnering with Kansas City's Union Station to offer $2 off to both the Nelson-Atkins exhibition, Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, and the Union Station exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut.

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis*†
Free Admission Saturday, May 17

Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis*
Stop by this fun family event and create colorful kinetic sculpture inspired by contemporary artist Frank Stella's vibrant, geometric canvases and constructivist artist George Rickey's moveable three-dimensional works.
Join the family tour at 2:30 pm to explore the work of Stella and other contemporary artists on view in the Museum's new East Building.
Admission is free.


Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha*
1pm-2pm: Free public tour featuring and entitled Highlights of the European Collection. Visitors can enjoy a Docent-led tour of Joslyn’s European galleries, with distinguished paintings by Titian, Veronese, El Greco, and Claude Lorrain as well as works by noted Spanish and Dutch artists.
On-site fun and educational activities include Kids Can, our “over-sized tin can” that opens up to reveal a self-guided activity center where families can create and imagine. Visitors can also stop by Scott EdTech Gallery, our interactive learning center where they can relax and read art books, view DVDs, do research, or check-out a family-friendly Art Pack to learn more about selected artworks or themes as they explore the Museum galleries.

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln*
2 to 4 p.m.: The Sheldon Museum of Art celebrates Art Museum Day by offering docent-led tours and a family-friendly gallery game in the exhibition "Painting from the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art." Admission to the museum is free.


New Hampshire

Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover*
Self-guided looking materials focused on selected works in the permanent collections

New Jersey

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton*†
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
In celebration of Art Museum Day the Art Museum is celebrating all weekend long starting with Family Day. Join us for a day of celebration and discovery as we explore lines, shapes, and color in art. Enjoy hands-on activities, live performances, and scavenger hunts! Highlights Tour scheduled for 2-3:00pm.

Art Museum Day Tours
Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
In celebration of Art Museum Day, choose one of two special tours given today. Join docent Judy Langille for a tour of Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print, Masterworks from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, or join docent Mike Mayo for a tour of the Museum's recent photography installation, Photography at Princeton.

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick*
Free photo booth in the exhibition Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture



A hot glass show at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Hot glass shows will be taking place on Sunday, May 18 for Art Museum Day. Image courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass


New Mexico

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe
One free admission with every paid admission


New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
2pm: Lecture by Linda Nochlin in conjunction with the exhibition, ONE ANOTHER: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors
For 24 hours only, AK memberships can be purchased at HALF PRICE in all categories

American Folk Art Museum, New York*

Asia Society Museum, New York*

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx*
May 18-24: 20% off memberships at all levels. 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.

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn**

Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo*
Special tours and workshops

The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning
Hidden Treasures Guided Tour (11 am + 1 pm)
Live glassblowing, optical fiber, flameworking and glassbreaking demos

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie*
"Picture Yourself in an Art Museum" during Art Museum Day, May 18th
Sunday, May 18, 2:00-4:00 pm
Join us at the Art Center this Sunday in celebration of Art Museum Day, an annual celebration organized by the Association of Art Museum Directors. At 2:00 we'll have a special focus tour looking at some of the portraits--on canvas or in stone--currently on view in the galleries. We'll have drawing boards and charcoal on hand for anyone who wants to try sketching, and we'll take your photo with your favorite work of art so that you can picture yourself at the art museum!

Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free, and all galleries are wheelchair accessible. For information and directions, visit or call (845) 437-5632.

The Frick Collection, New York
Art Museum Day: "Drop-in Sketching" Sunday, May 18, 2014, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Meets in the Garden Court.
Join Us 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, or arrive early to gain entry during Sunday “pay what you wish” hours, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 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.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca*
2:00pm: Art History in a Nutshell: Baroque Art
Join Museum educator Carol Hockett for an art-history survey highlighting objects in our newly reinstalled second-floor galleries.

Japan Society Gallery, New York*†
Saturday, May 17: 40th Anniversary Conference of the Japanese Art Society of America
Pre-registration through JASA is required. Interested parties can contact JASA Membership Coordinator Christy Laidlaw via email at or by phone at (917) 658-3955 to secure tickets. 

Sunday, May 18: Free admission to the Japan Society Gallery

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York
Half-price admission

Museum of Arts and Design, New York*

2D/3D/4D: Contemporary Artist Animations
10 am – 6 pm, The Theater at MAD 

Exploring new possibilities in content, technique, and distribution, many of today’s pioneering artists continue to expand the possibilities and trajectories for animation.  From works developed for online viewing, self- generating 3D creations, to new forms of archives, mash-ups, and hand-drawn and computer-generated works, “2D/3D/4D: Contemporary Artist Animations” surveys the work of today's emerging innovators of animated practices.


Multiple Exposures: Hands On
Button-Making with MAD’s Teen Trustees
10 am – 4 pm, 2nd Floor
Observing the distortion caused by concave reflections and fisheye lenses, visitors are invited to take self-portraits in the gallery during their visit to Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography. The museum's Teen Trustees will be available to help visitors print their fisheye portraits and immortalize them into wearable buttons to give or treasure.


Highlights Tour
11:30 am, Lobby
Discover the Museum’s latest exhibitions on a highlights tour that gives visitors an introduction to Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, Re: Collection, and Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography.

Building as Object Tour
1:30 pm, Lobby
Join us for an in-depth look at the Museum’s architectural history and some of our permanent installations.  Participants will also visit current exhibitions and see how the architecture directly impacts installations and exhibition design.

Transforming Materials Tour
3:00 pm, Lobby
Uncover the value of making across all fields of contemporary creativity with the ‘Transforming Materials’ tour. The tour will highlight objects that showcase materials and techniques transformed in inventive, creative and masterful ways.

From the Artisanal to the Digital Tour
4:00 pm, Lobby
Skilled making and creativity span the spectrum, from woven tapestries to 3D printed dresses.  This tour will highlight the union of traditional and more contemporary approaches to art making, and illustrate how artists use a full range of tools to convey their larger ideas and intentions.


MADlab Classroom:  Exploring Photo Transfers
12 pm – 4 pm, 6th Floor
Remix and reuse images in this fun, informal workshop where participants use photocopies and transfer techniques to explore line, shape, pattern and composition.  Inspired by the exhibition Multiple Exposures, visitors are encouraged to rethink uses of photographs and to apply new and interesting techniques to traditional processes.

Artist Studios: Christopher Lynch
10 am – 6 pm, 6th Floor
Explore the intersection of photography, technology and perception with artist Christopher Lynch. At once playful and thoughtful, Lynch’s work includes photography, 3D printed figures and reconstructed realities. Visitors are invited to come talk to Lynch about his work and learn about his process.

Artist Studios: Chris Pellettieri
10 am – 4 pm, 6th Floor
Meet Chris Pellettieri, one of the featured artists in the upcoming NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, as he works on a stone carving that will be part of the exhibition. Inspired by the Ancient Roman God Janus, Chris is creating a two-faced sculpture inspired by A Tale of Two Cities as it relates to New York City.  Look closely to see a hairline that mimics a city skyline and two faces representing the economic condition of the city.

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Half price on all online admission ticket purchases made for May 18, 2014
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*

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York*

North Carolina

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill*

The Mint Museum, Charlotte
Sunday Fun Day:
Half-price admission to adults and free admission to kids under 18 at both The Mint Museum and The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
Normal special exhibition fees for “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” are waived on Art Museum Day!

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham*
Live entertainment, make-and-take crafts and more

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh*
Free admission to collection and special exhibitions on Art Museum Day

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem
Adults receive one free admission with a paid general admission ($14)
Tile rubbings for children and adults on the sun porch of the historic house to take home from your visit

Nova Scotia

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax*



Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin*
Free admission to Frank Lloyd Wright's Weltzheimer/Johnson House
Art activities at the Weltzheimer/Jounson House including Froebel block and Lego building activities and a "Mystery Crafts" box of assorted art activities.

The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown*
Free family day activities and a public reception

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati*
Bring Your Own Craft (BYOC)- Cut Paper Designs 1:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Highlights of the Permanent Collection Public Tour 1pm and 2pm

Family ARTventures Art Stop 3:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Family Focus Scavenger Hunts

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland**
11am-2pm: Free drop-by workshops in the atrium:
o Make a Date with the Cleveland Museum of Art: Embellish 2014 calendars with color and pattern.
o Guardian Puppets: Be inspired by animal sculptures in the Museum’s Chinese collection to create your own puppets.
Curator tour of the newly reinstalled contemporary galleries

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus*
CMA Roaming Docents will enhance the visitor experience by being warmly present in many of our galleries. Roaming Docents engage the community in meaningful dialogue that fosters learning and personal growth through connections to art. At #ArtMuseumDay, the Roaming Docents will join visitor-centered conversations and give the inside story or a mini-tour to cultivate the visitor experience.

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
Museum guests receive $75 in CAC dollars back with their gallery admission.

Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati*
Tour of Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty; a tour of the Tafts’ home and art collection; and a special tour of the gardens.

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo*
Free hands-on experience in The Family Center
Free tour of the Museum's current Works on Paper Exhibition "Paper Roses"
Free glassblowing demonstrations in the afternoon
A unique inside/outside tour in conjunction with the spring exhibition "In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science"
Drawing in the Great Gallery


An education program at the Toledo Museum of Art. Image courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art.

Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus



Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa
Funday Sunday: It's an afternoon of museum fun for the whole family. Visitors will enjoy different art making stations in the museum, each offering different materials and themes as well as teaching artists to help guide and inspire. An art hunt is available to explore in the galleries, with a prize at the end. Families will also enjoy our interactive spaces, the Kids Site and the Kravis Discovery Center, as well as the different galleries and gardens, and special featured activities.

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa*

Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor*
Sundays in the Studio: Art Through the Other Senses
An interactive workshop inviting participants to create unique artworks inspired by touch, taste, sound and smell.
Docent-led gallery tours

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

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa**
10am - 4:45pm: Artissimo
Located in the Great Hall. All 7 of the art exploration will run.

Docent's Choice (in English)

Every hour, on the half-hour
Duration : 10 minutes

These 10-minute talks on one artwork from our collection are given in English by Gallery volunteers.
Woman in a Hat with Flowers by Pablo Picasso
Landscape by the Sea: the Côte d'Azur near Agay by André Derain
Returning to the Trenches by C.R.W. Nevinson
The Mechanic by Fernand Léger
Venus by Lucas (the Elder) Cranach
Perspective: Madame Récamier by David by René Magritte

Docent's Choice (in French)

Duration : 10 minutes
Every hour on the hour

N° 16 by Mark Rothko
Espoir I by Gustav Klimt
Chaque fête a son lendemain by Thomas Couture
Fontaine by Marcel Duchamp



Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene*
Join the JSMA during your visit and get 18 months of museum membership for the price of one year!
1-4pm: Workshop: Connoisseurship of Chinese and Korean Ceramics
Robert D. Mowry leads a hands-on connoisseurship seminar on Chinese and Korean ceramics from the JSMA collection. Limited to 12 participants; $60 per person (5% discount for UO affiliates or 10% discount for JSMA members). To register contact Sharon Kaplan at or (541) 346-0968. Cosponsored by CAPS and the UO Confucius Institute for Global Chinese Studies.

Portland Art Museum, Portland*
Free Family & Community Day


For Art Museum Day 2013, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art took families on an art safari at Artful Animals, a free family day of activities in May 2013. As part of Art Museum Day, visitors got free admission, enjoyed family-friendly entertainment and tours, created animal masks and prints, and had a visit from two special guests - the teaching cheetahs from Wildlife Safari. Image courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon.


The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh*
In celebration of the kickoff of The Warhol’s 20th anniversary and American Art Museum Day, the museum will be open free to the public.
Special activities include:
Midnight – 2 am: Notorious NYC DJ’s AndrewAndrew
11am – 5pm: Hands-on art making and studio programs exploring Warhol’s artistic practices
3pm: Author talk and book signing: Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up with Bob Colacello

Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford**
Free admission does not include historic properties

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh*†
Thursday, May 15, 4-8 p.m.: Free admission to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
Friday, May 16, 5:30 p.m.: Culture Club: David Hartt: Stray Light Opening and Artist Talk

Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh*

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia*
10% off of on catalogues

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park*
Docents on Duty to answer questions and provide impromptu tours

Penn Museum, Philadelphia*†
Tuesday, May 20: Enjoy free admission and a host of special collections activities—plus storytelling for families—as the Penn Museum, in conjunction with the national Association of Art Museum Directors, celebrates Museum Day 2014! Penn Museum’s international galleries feature great art from throughout millennia and across continents, and guests can take tours throughout the day: Africa at 11:00 am; Canaan and Ancient Israel at noon; China at 1:00 pm; Mesoamerica at 2:00 pm; and ancient Egypt at 3:00 pm. Collections Keepers, Curators and researchers come out at 12:30 pm, to share “A Few of My Favorite Things”—an insider’s perspective on favorite objects from the collections. Families can connect with the cultures represented in the galleries, through storytelling presentations at 11:00 am and again at 2:00 pm. (Free admission not valid on pre-scheduled group visits.)

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia*

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg*
Free art activity for children and their favorite adult


Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce
Special program of activities which will also include tours through the permanent and temporary exhibitions and a celebration of music education

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan



Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
Educational activities

Rhode Island

RISD Museum, Providence*
Dance performance and discussion


South Carolina

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia*
2pm: Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries.



Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis*

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville*
Docent Walk-Up Tour, 1:30 p.m. Join one of the Frist Center’s docents on a guided tour of the Goya: The Disasters of War and Steve Mumford’s War Journals 2003-2013.

Artful Tales: “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” 2:00–3:00 p.m. and 3:30–4:30
A free family program geared towards guests ages three and up. Listen and play along as an art-related story comes to life. Then, make an artwork that relates to the story. Enjoy a folktale about a boy and his mother and how they use wit and courage to outsmart the trickster Hairy Man. After the story, create a banner that celebrates your shared family history. This program connects families to the exhibition American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart.

Drop-in Drawing, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Practice different techniques and enhance your drawing skills during this workshop for participants age 18 and older. Visitors may check out drawing materials and find inspiration in the artworks in the galleries or in the architecture of the building. An art educator will be stationed near the Information Desk on the first level to distribute supplies and to give instructional guidance as needed.

Martin ArtQuest®: Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, the Frist Center’s colorful interactive space. A variety of hands-on stations inspire visitors to become artists as they create prints and collages, sketch and paint, or explore the essentials of art, including color, pattern, and texture. Everyone is welcome to come in and learn about and make art. ArtQuest is staffed by trained art educators and knowledgeable volunteers to help everyone create and learn about art!

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga
Preface: An Introduction to Artists’ Books Talk & Demo
Celebrate International Art Museum Day with the art of the book and a chance to view the Hunter Museum’s special exhibition “Preface: An Introduction to Artists' Books.” Learn more about book arts with words from exhibit curator (and former Hunter Museum Chief Curator) Ellen Simak and a demonstration by book artists Hollie Berry and Juanita Tumelaire, both affiliated with The Open Press (
Special membership promotions at Visitor Services
Book arts program at 3 PM including book arts demos from open press studios; Tour of new exhibit; and words from exhibit curator Ellen Simak

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis*
2 pm: Pay-what-you-can screening of the Charlie Chaplin film The Gold Rush. Comedy and tragedy ensue when the Tramp travels to the Yukon to take part in the Klondike Gold Rush in this masterpiece of silent cinema. Long unavailable in its original form, The Gold Rush has been restored, complete with a newly recorded orchestral score. The Brooks is proud to screen The Gold Rush in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of Chaplin's iconic character who first appeared onscreen in 1914.


Visitors enjoying the El Paso Museum of Art on Art Museum Day 2013. Image courtesy of the El Paso Museum of Art.


Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth*

The Contemporary Austin, Austin*
Free admission at both locations

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas*
Art to Go Family Tote Bags
Ready to have a tote-ally good time at the DMA? Check out one of our Art to Go family totes! Art to Go totes are designed to be used ANYWHERE in the Museum. You pick the place; you pick the activities. Spend as much or as little time as you like. The idea is to have fun with the art and with your family. Each bag contains a variety of activities that allow families to WRITE, TALK, PLAY, or MAKE. Check out a tote bag from the Family Fun Cart, located at the Main Entrance, near the cafe.

El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso*†
Art Comes to Life! International Museum Day
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Art comes to life in our European Collection as we celebrate International Museum Day. Have you ever wondered what paintings might say if they could talk? Come and see artworks brought to life by members of Historic Interpretations Inc., a reenactment group, and find out. The day will include hands-on activities led by members of Historic Interpretations, and interactive fencing demonstrations by members of El Paso’s Salle de Long Fencing Club.

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth**
Free admission to the permanent collection
Project Origami: Drop by the Education Studios in the Piano Pavilion to create origami cranes and samurai helmets that will be featured in a dramatic outdoor display on Saturday, June 21, as part of the free, community celebration Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration.

Meadows Museum at SMU, Dallas*
Collection tour at 2pm
Free postcards in the museum shop

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio*

The Menil Collection, Houston*

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth*
Tours at 11am and 2pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston**†
Free admission on Thursday, May 15

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas*
Learn what makes our museum unique and share your favorite work from the collection. The day will include free admission, tours, a scavenger hunt and special offers from members. Open to all visitors.

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio*
Tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm



Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City*†
Saturday, May 17: FREE ADMISSION
1pm-4pm: Art is 100 Anniversary Finger Puppets
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts has been collecting and exhibiting portraits for 100 years! Let’s use portraits of fantastic people and their costumes as subject matter for puppets. Each of us will make two different characters from the museum to help the paintings “walk and talk” and tell their stories.

1:30pm: Highlights of the Collection tour



Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
Shelburne Museum postcard pack of 12 cards to the first 200 visitors



The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville*
2pm: Tour Joseph Cornell and Surrealism with Fralin Curator of Exhibitions Jennifer Farrell

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg*
Docent tours at 1pm and 2pm

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond*
Free admission, including special exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture



Henry Art Gallery, Seattle*
Participate in a curator-led tour of “Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane” at 2 pm.

Museum of Glass, Tacoma
2 for 1 admission as part of Museum Week Northwest

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle**

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma†
2-for-1 admission as part of Museums Week Northwest



Chazen Museum of Art, Madison*
Docent-guided tour
Two viewings of the 2007 film Drama Queens by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison
Special ArtPack activity for children