From the Field

Art Museum Day 2017

April 11, 2017

For the eighth 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 Thursday, May 18.

In 2016, approximately 175 member museums offered free admission, special programs and events in an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world.

This year's theme for Art Museum Day is Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities. This theme celebrates the vital role art museums play as cultural, educational, and economic anchors, helping make their communities great places to live and work. Now, more than ever before, it is critical that we come together in our shared belief that the arts are a crucial element of civil society, essential to the well-being of our communities and our democracies.

In honor of our shared belief that the arts are a crucial element of civil society, essential to the well-being of our communities and our democracies, 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 their social networks.

AAMD Museums: Register for Art Museum Day Here!

Above: Photo of The Wexner Center for the Arts by Katie Spengler


AAMD Member Museums Celebrating Art Museum Day 2017

Following is a list of AAMD member museums participating in Art Museum Day 2017. 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



Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery*†

Sunday, May 21

2 -4 pm: Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams. Come and listen to inspiring music while constructing yourr own mini-gallery in our studio.



Anchorage Museum, Anchorage*

Docent tours

Members back of house tours

Children's program "Blink"



Tucson Desert Museum, Tucson

2-for-1 admission

Come see the special exhibit Dazzled Eye before it closes May 28th. On this day we will also have two new exhibits that will open in early May.



Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville*



Asian Art Museum, San Francisco†

Sunday, May 14

Celebrate both Mother’s Day and Art Museum Day by treating a special mom to a day at the museum. All moms can enjoy a 20% discount on tickets, including the must-see exhibition Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty.

Plus, all shoppers in the museum store who spend $40 or more will receive a free poster and book.

Sign up as a new member to receive a voucher for $5 off in the store and enjoy docent-led tours throughout the day of Goddess in the galleries.

Photo courtesy of the Asian Art Museum


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

Join BAMPFA for Art Museum Day, and keep coming back all year! Join or renew at the BAMPFA admissions desk on May 18 and receive two extra months free and 20% off all membership levels. Join at the Sponsor level or above and receive a limited-edition ceramic plate designed by artist Barry McGee.


Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento*†

Free admission Sunday, May 21


Hammer Museum, Los Angeles*

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

  • Our store and cafe will be giving discounts to visitors who mention Art Museum Day.  Visitors to the café will receive 10% off their check and regularly priced merchandise will be discounted 10% in the store.
  • free mindful awareness meditation session from 12:30-1 p.m.


J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles*


Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach*

Laguna Art Museum provides a diverse range of exhibitions, education programs, lectures, concerts, and films as a cultural center for the entire community.

On Art Museum Day, the museum offers free admission and will present a premiere screening of Art and the Zen of Motorcycle Racing (or Lunch with Billy Al), introduced by filmmaker Dale Schierholt. The film profiles Billy Al Bengston, a leader of the renowned group of Ferus Gallery Artists who blazed a path for generations of California artists to follow. It is the third in Schierholt’s California Masters series, which examines the unique artistic history of California art through the stories of the artists that helped shape that history.


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles*

Lecture: Greg Tate
Thursday, May 18, 7pm
MOCA Grand Ave, Ahmanson Auditorium
Greg Tate has been a leading voice on contemporary Black music, art, literature, film, and politics since launching his career at the Village Voice in the early 1980s. Through his signature mix of vernacular poetics and cultural criticism, Tate elucidates how race, gender, and class shape popular culture and why visionary Black aesthetics, philosophies, and politics help define 21st-century America. He is also a musician, leading the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. Tate lectures on the work of Kerry James Marshall.​

MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Elon Schoenholz


Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego*†

Celebrate Art Museum Day at MCASD! Art museums play a vital role as cultural, educational, and economic anchors, helping make their communities great places to live and work. Now, more than ever before, it is critical that we come together in our shared belief that the arts are a crucial element of civil society, essential to the well-being of our communities and our democracies.

MCASD will kick off Art Museum Day celebrations at Downtown at Sundown on Thursday, May 18, with the opening of three new exhibitions: Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here, Go Tell It: Selections from MCASD's Collection, and Prospect 2017. On Friday, May 19, visitors will enjoy free admission from 11 AM to 5 PM and complimentary tours at 12 and 2 PM in celebration of  the importance of museums in our world.


Gallery Tours at MCASD Downtown. Photo courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego


Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara*


Oakland Museum of California, Oakland


Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach*†

Friday, May 19: Free Admission

Docent guided tour of 2017 California-Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever


San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego*


San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose*


Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara*



Aspen Art Museum, Aspen*

Individual and Family Memberships purchased on Museum Day will be 50% off.

Image courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum. © Michael Moran/OTTO.


Clyfford Still Museum, Denver

AAMD Museum Day – On Thursday May 18, visitors who purchase a General Admission ticket at either Clyfford Still Museum of Denver Art Museum can enjoy free admission next door when presenting their admission ticket or receipt, thanks to the museums’ collaborative presentation of Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford. Tickets for youth 18 and under are free at both locations. Visit and for additional information.


Denver Art Museum, Denver

AAMD Museum Day – On Thursday May 18, visitors who purchase a General Admission ticket at either Clyfford Still Museum of Denver Art Museum can enjoy free admission next door when presenting their admission ticket or receipt, thanks to the museums’ collaborative presentation of Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford. Tickets for youth 18 and under are free at both locations. Visit and for additional information.



Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford*

Celebrate Art Museum Day with free admission 11 am – 5 pm. Celebrate Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities and join a “Hartford Stories” guided tour, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Highlights tour of the permanent collection at 1 pm. All special exhibitions included.

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


District of Columbia

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum*

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will celebrate Art Museum Day on Thursday, May 18, with free admission and special activities.

5 PM: Join Curator of Contemporary Art Camille Ann Brewer for a free tour of the exhibition "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair," which tells the story of the iconic fashion show and its creator Eunice Johnson through stunning gowns, feathered coats, and statement pieces by leading designers.

6 PM: Meet Shayla Simpson, former Ebony Fashion Fair model, commentator, and buyer, and hear about her experiences working and traveling with Eunice Johnson to couture design houses in Europe to purchase fashions for the fair (advance registration is required).

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

Visitors admire the bold fashions on display in the Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair exhibition at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Photo by Abby Greenawalt.


Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens

Hillwood will offer $5 off new memberships at the individual and family levels on May 18.


National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution*

Free docent-led tours. For more information please visit us at


National Museum of Women in the Arts*

Exhibitions and Installations:
Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum
Polly Apfelbaum employs bright colors and abstract motifs in her prints, using methods that are both ordered and spontaneous.

The Women Arrive: From Masonic Temple to Women’s Museum
In honor of the museum’s 30th anniversary, explore 110 years of photos of the building’s fascinating history.

From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir
This installation invites visitors to reflect on writer Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist impact in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture.

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


The Phillips Collection*

The Phillips Collection celebrates Art Museum Day with free admission on Thursday, May 18, 10 am - 8:30 pm. The first 100 guests receive a free tote bag, as well as anyone who signs up for membership that day. Join us at noon for a spotlight tour focused on one work of art. Exhibitions on view: George Condo, The Way I Think.

The Rothko Room at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Photo: Benjamin Resine


Smithsonian American Art Museum*

20% discount on custom products inspired by SAAM's collection of stripe paintings by Gene Davis, including scarfs, ties, socks, magnets, decor pillows, and tote bags

3:30 p.m. America InSight: Verbal Description Tour for blind and low vision visitors

5-7 p.m. Take 5!: Warren Wolf Quartet: 100 Years of Vibraphone, part of Jazz Appreciation Month

7 p.m. James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture with Liza Lou

Smithsonian American Art Museum



The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

Half-price admission on May 18


Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville*†

Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville
Thursday, May 11, 2017
6pm - 9pm: Museum Night: Mini Mania

Free admission music, art making activities, tours and refreshments, and an Art Museum Day activity hosted by “We Love Museums” offering visitors the opportunity to share the love for their own community art museum.


Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables*

Visitors to the Lowe Art Museum enjoy exhibitions and works spanning 5,000 years of art – free on Art Museum Day!


NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale*

The museum will host an all-day program in which visitors can make a collaborative mural in the outside breezeway area of the museum.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale


Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando

Thursday May 18: 50% off regular admission prices


Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami

Join PAMM on Art Museum Day and receive $10 off your membership and free admission to Miami's cultural institutions through May 31, 2017.

Art-making on the terrace, 6–10pm.
Live Music on the terrace, 6–10pm.
Screening: Liberty in a Soup, 7pm.
Tours at 11am, 12pm, 2:30pm and 6:30pm.


Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach*


The Wolfsonian, Miami Beach*

One day. Free admission. Special perks. Every year, The Wolfsonian joins dozens of AAMD member institutions by waiving admission and inviting everyone to enjoy art and design at no cost. Take advantage of a 10% discount in our chic design store or become a member at 25%-off the Popular and Dual/Family levels—and if you show us a little love on Instagram, we’ll throw in a free coffee and super stylish Wolfsonian mug (yup, it’s worth it!). Plus, we’re joining forces at 6:30pm with five other Miami museums at Vizcaya Village to discuss the challenges of presenting contested histories, so have your voice heard by swinging by to pick the brains of the six accomplished panelists. #Wolfsonian

The Wolfsonian. Photo: World Red Eye



The Columbus Museum, Columbus*

The Columbus Museum will be highlighting works of art from its permanent collection that give meaning to people within the community in short video segments that will be shared on Facebook and YouTube.  Those interviewed will  consist of volunteers, teens, members, staff, and community members.  They will share their favorite work of art in the Museum’s collection and why it resonates with them personally.


Georgia Museum of Art, Athens*

6-9pm: Third Thursday, a collaboration with six other arts venues in Athens, Georgia, all open from 6 to 9 p.m.

7pm: Twilight Tour of the exhibitions “The Past is Never Dead: Kristin Casaletto” and “Michael Ellison” 


Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta*

Celebrate the stories of civilization on Art Museum Day. Explore the world through exquisite art and artifacts from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Egypt, the Near East, and Greece and Rome as well as works on paper from the renaissance to the present.

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University


Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta*



Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu*

Celebrate #artmuseumday with us! See "Artists of Hawai‘i 2017" before it closes May 28.

10% discount in museum shop



Boise Art Museum, Boise†

Sunday, May 21: Boise's International Museum Day celebration



Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Museum admission will be free for Illinois residents from 5pm-8pm


Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston*


Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago*


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

Making a Place of Purpose, a Collection of Small Actions
Saturday, May 20, 12–6 pm

This daylong event considers how sites of culture can function as spaces of belonging.

Organized by the Smart Museum’s 2016/17 Interpreters in Residence, The Belonging Collective, and inspired by the permanent collection installation 'Conversations with the Collection: Belonging,' the day will feature a variety of small, intimate actions including interactive meals, artist-orchestrated experiences, micro-tours, performative readings, musical performances, shared reflections, and more.

FREE and open to all.



Indanapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis*†

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is offering free admission to celebrate National Public Gardens Day & Museum Day on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art



Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines*

Celebrate National Art Museum Day with the Des Moines Art Center by learning more about the Art Center’s collection and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park: FREE drop-in tours at 12:30 – 1 pm at the park (meet at Jaume Plensa’s Nomade) and 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Art Center.


Figge Art Museum, Davenport

PechaKucha Night - Free admission 5-9pm
Thursday, May 18
5:30 pm Social Hour with $6 sandwich baskets, cash bar
6:30 pm PechaKucha presentations

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps—just about anything, really—in the 20x20 format. The 20x20 format is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in 2003, and has spread to over 900 cities worldwide. Since 2012, the Figge Art Museum has hosted over 30 PechaKucha Nights, featuring nearly 200 creative and passionate Quad Citizens.

Photo courtesy of the Figge Art Museum



Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence*

We are celebrating with two events from 5:30 to 6:30pm CST. Our Curator Steve Goddard will give a short talk about our new exhibition "A Wry Eye: Witty, Sardonic, and Ironic Work by Printmakers." Chicago-based artist Alberto Aguilar will give a playful performance followed by a family-friendly activity. Our galleries will remain open until 8pm CST.


Wichita Art Museum, Wichita*†

Saturday, May 20: Opening Party for exhibition Ritual and Desire: Contemporary Glass Art



New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans*



Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick*†

Friday, May 19: 15% off merchandise in the Museum shop.


Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville*

To coincide with this year's theme "Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities," the Colby College Museum of Art will install blank museum postcards on a clothesline in the museum's lobby. Guests will be invited to select a postcard and write to our government representatives about the value of the arts and art museums. Guests can then rehang the postcards on the clothesline for others to read or into a drop box. At the of the day, the postcards comprising the voices of our community will be mailed to respective representatives.

Colby College Museum of Art


Portland Museum of Art, Portland*

Write postcards to government representatives about the value of arts and art museums!



Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg



The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore*

The Walters Art Museum Store is offering a 10% discount to the general public and a 20% discount to museum members.



Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA*

New resources for families visiting the Addison! Find inspiration in our current exhibition 'Frank Stella Prints' and create your own drawings with stencils and scratch boards. And try your hand at curating using miniature versions of 20 works from our collection on a magnetic gallery. Available at our Visitor Services desk.


Clark Art Institute, Williamstown


Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge*

The Harvard Art Museums will offer free admission on May 18, 2017, in celebration of Art Museum Day. Explore the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, visit the Lightbox Gallery to learn how we visualize our collections, or join a gallery talk at 12:30pm about the museums’ eight-year renovation and expansion project.

We are also extending a 10% discount on all levels of memberships purchased at the museums that day. Membership can be purchased at the admissions desk or in the shop.

Harvard Art Museums. Photo: Susan Young


Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Free admission from 5-9pm

On May 18 from 5-8pm, visitors may participate in artist Nari Ward’s artwork Naturalization Drawing Table, in conjunction with his exhibition Nari Ward: Sun Splashed. Based on Ward’s personal experience of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, this interactive artwork gives museum visitors a better understanding of that process. Each participant will receive a set of prints from the artist. See for details.

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects. Photo by Danita Jo.


MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge*

Opening Reception 6-8 PM
Join us at the opening reception to celebrate An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art.  This exhibition is curated by Henriette Huldisch.

An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art brings together a group of twelve international artists to examine the recent multidisciplinary turn towards affect by focusing on art works that explore how bodies are shaped, modified, or affected by the intensity of their interaction.


Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge*

Norman Rockwell Museum is delighted to welcome visitors free of charge on May 18, 2017.  Enjoy rarely seen Rockwells and the timeless “Four Freedoms” among many other pieces of original art on view.  Also on view, “Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning.”
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.


Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton*

Free admission May 18-21


Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

2 for 1 admission

20% off new memberships

6pm: Master Series featuring speaker: Vivian Li, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Worcester Art Museum

Worcester Art Museum



Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City*

As part of the educational programs of the exhibition "Candida Höfer en México", the conference  "Origin and legacy of the Düsseldorf School of Photography" will take place on Thursday May 18 at 18:00 at the Sala José Clemente Orozco in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. Stefan Gronert, curator of the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, will be giving the conference about Hilla and Bernd Becher, who are considered the founders of contemporary photography. Their work at the Düsseldorf school has influenced many generations of artists.

Stefan Gronert is the curator of Photography and New Media at the Sprengel Museum Hannover, and professor of Art History in the Braunschweig University of Art. He is the author of Jeff Wall: Specific Pictures and co-editor of Gerhard Richter: Editions 1965 - 2013.


Museo Arocena, Torreón*

Free admission May 14-21

Educational activities about migration

Presentation of new book celebrating Museo Arocena's 10th anniversary


Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City*

Free admission Thursday, May 18

May 20: children's book reading


Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City*

Temporary exhibitions on view:

Hannes Meyer and the Co-Op Principle
Landscape. Heritage and Identity
Art object Mazahua


Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City

Free admission to students, teachers and +65

Museum speed dating

Music and videomapping

Special tours and workshops


Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City*

The Museum as a Space of Reflection and Resistance (May 2017)

For the International Museum Day Mexico City’s Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC-University Museum of Contemporary Art) will critically reflect on the various challenges of inequality and inclusion faced by art museums. The program will comprise a series of discussions, room activations, experimental tours and audio-visual caps organized around the overarching topics of gender equality, theories of disability, social marginality and uneven access to cultural goods. From concrete actions, we aim to question the museum institution from within as to reassess the strategies of inclusion regarding gender, racial, ethnic, economic and educational issues MUAC has already carried out in the last years.

De-normalizing MUAC
Through May

Series of critical pedagogical activations aimed at raising public awareness on the diversity of sexual, gender identities that co-exist in the museum space. We will highlight the difficulties excluded groups may face in cultural contexts.

Through May

Viewing of audio-visual capsules featuring the MUAC’s recent curatorial projects dealing with social inclusion and access such as Jauma Ferrete’s “Deaf Tree,”  in which this Catalan artist worked with the deaf community of Mexico City, and Mónica Mayer’s “Aesthetic Pampering,” a relational feminist art event where members of the artistic community discussed their issues while having a pedicure, haircut or style make over.

Empathy on Wheels
May 18
12:00 pm

Our docents will offer a wheelchair tour through our facilities to reflect on the public policies and difficulties that people with disabilities suffer in architectural spaces, especially in regards to inaccessible points at MUAC’s building and UNAM’S Cultural Center.

Neutral Gender Lavatories
May 27th
All day
For one day MUAC seeks to de-normalize restrooms by turning them into spaces of inclusion accessible to all genders and non-hegemonic identities. This will be a pilot event for an integral revision of our restroom policies.

Looking at MUAC. Experimental Tours
May 27th
11:00 am-12:00 pm
4:00-5:00 pm 

In our predominantly audiovisual culture, these experimental mediated tours for the general public and people with partial or total blindness aim to foster empathy and sensorial awareness through art. Tours will be conducted in collaboration with specialists in disabilities.

Panel “Equality and Inclusion in Mexican Museums”
May 27th
12:00 - 1:30 pm and 1:30 - 3:00pm

A diverse group of eight specialists from government agencies, universities, museums and non-profits will discuss art museum’s agency in creating resistance strategies of gender, racial, ethnic, economic, and educational inclusion.

The Mexican Art Ballet Academy of Disability
May 28
12:00 pm

This will be the first public recital of the Mexican Art Ballet Academy of Disability in a Mexican museum.

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo



Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit*

Discounted memberships


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


Flint Institute of Arts, Flint*

20% discount for members & 10% discount for non-members in the Museum Shop & Palette Cafe


Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo

Noon: Get the Picture! In-depth discussion of a single work of art. This month, Spray by sculptor Harry Bertoia.
6:30 pm: Curator's Talk with Nancy Sojka, Curator Emerita of the Detroit Institute of Arts, on Classic Printmaking processes.


Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids

1pm: drop-in tour of permanent collection, free with admission

6pm-9pm: free admission


University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor*



Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis**

Free admission to our special exhibition "Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters" for My Mia members. (It is free to join My Mia!)

Third Thursday: Hello Summer from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring live music from Ayvah, local food trucks, a cash bar, a photo booth, and other art-themed, hands-on activities


Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Free admission from 5 to 9 pm

Opening: Kaharina Fritsch: Multiples 


Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis*

Perceive and collection cards will be available at the front desk. Perceive cards will take guests on a self-guided tour and teach them how to take a long look at art.



Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson*

Dinner and a Movie: A Food Truck Festival (Vol. 4)

Thursday, May 18, 2017
5 – 10 PM
The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art

Part of the Museum's monthly Third Thursday programming.

It’s our fourth annual garden party bringing together the best of Mississippi’s growing food truck culture. This year, it’s bigger than ever! Chow down on a diverse selection of fare from the state’s mobile culinarians and enjoy our own Chef Nick Wallace’s monthly ‘sipp Sourced pop up menu! Live music on the C Spire Stage. At dusk, settle in on the BankPlus Green for a special Screen on the Green movie.

We've run through all the current Toy Story titles, so we'll be choosing a new PIXAR movie and we want your vote! Go ahead and RSVP to get notified when we announce the movie ballot!

Presented in partnership with AAF Jackson and Crossroads Film Society. Cost: Free to the public, cash bar and food available for purchase.



Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis*

10% discount in museum shop

Artist Panel: Color Key. 6:00 pm. Creative Stimulus Award winners Addoley Dzegede and Amy Reidel discuss their exhibition with guest curator Meghan Grubb.

Credit: Helen Binet. Courtesy Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.


Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis*

10% discount in museum shop


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City*

Photography Portfolio:
Area photographers will display their work for a fun and informal showcase of local talent. This free, pop-in event is a great way to get to know artists living and working in our own community.


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, 2017 with a free drop-in public tour which will include  works from our Community Gallery which showcases the art of young artists from our community.



Missoula Art Museum, Missoula*

10% discount on new memberships + a free artist catalog with registration.

MAM is creating postcards and outreach to establish this as an Arts Advocacy Day and encourage visitors to write postcards to local, state, and national policy makers about the importance of supporting the arts.

Missoula Art Museum




Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha**

10:30 am: Art Encounters offers docent-guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month. This tour invites the visitor to make personal connections to works of art.

6:30 pm: docent-guided tour of permanent American collection highlights


Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln*


New Hampshire

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester*

Thursday, May 18 only
Admission free

Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21
Reduced price admission: $12 adult, $11 senior, $8 student, $4 youth. As always, kids 12 and younger are free.

Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21
20% off NEW memberships at the Individual or Household level


Visitors enjoy Randal Thurston’s Echo in the exhibition Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting, at the Currier Museum of Art. The exhibition is on view through May 21.


New Jersey

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair

Follow along MAM's social media @MAMmontclair as the Museum celebrates the community and business partners that ensure that Montclair Means Art! Art Museum Day is part of the Museum's celebration of Matisse Week, a week-long, town-wide festival in honor of the groundbreaking and exclusive exhibition "Matisse and American Art."


Newark Museum, Newark

Free admission 5pm - 9pm

Art After Hours: Make A Noise : Reinvent your Thursday nights with the Newark Museum’s Late Thursdays .
Relax after hours with creatively inspired social evenings that offer a fresh take on the Museum’s captivating collections, through a dynamic mix of music, food, drinks, art and entertainment. Explore what happens when you mix art and sound. Turn found objects into instruments, experience live musical improvisation, and get the backstory behind works of art that employ sound and animation. (6-9 pm)

Lecture - Continuing Creativity: Trends in Contemporary Native American Art: Explore the continuing creativity of Native artists in the Newark Museum’s collection and beyond in this introduction to work by active contemporary artists. Danyelle Means will share broad trends, patterns, and exciting new directions in 21st-century Native art and its display in museums. (5:30-6:30)


Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton*

10% discount in the Museum Store

Activities throughout the galleries; giveaways; refreshments.


Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick*


New Mexico

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

Free postcards with paid admission


New York

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Thursday, May 18: Half-price memberships available


American Folk Art Museum, New York*

Join us to celebrate Art Museum Day with a special guided tour of Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974). 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.


Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn

General Admission to the museum is pay what you wish

Tickets to our special exhibit, Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern are discount 25% when mentioning Art Museum Day.


The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx*

Thursday, May 4th, 1:00 to 3:00pm
During our Third Thursday international vocal artist Olivier Marcaud and Bronx-based sound artist Aaron Lazansky-Olivas will bring participants together to create a collaborative vocal interpretation of the poems produced during our group writing program. This event is accompanied by a Tea inspired by the African American Heritage of The Bronx.

10% discount in the museum shop


The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning

Celebrate International Museum Day and the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day at The Corning Museum of Glass. As always, admission to the Museum is free for kids 17 and under.

Enjoy art-focused tours and refreshments in celebration of Art Museum Day.

The Corning Museum of Glass. Photo Credit: Iwan Baan


The Frick Collection, New York

Art Museum Day: "Drop-in Sketching" Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location Meets in the Garden Court.
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.


Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York*†

Saturday, May 20: Free admission and 10% discount on Grey publications


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

10-11am: "Let's Look, Baby! This Land Is Your Land" tour for caregivers and infants to age 4

5-7pm: Young Professionals Networking @ the Johnson


Hudson River Museum, Yonkers*

The Hudson River Museum is excited to take part in Art Museum Day, and celebrate the importance of museums in our lives. We will offer free admission on May 18. See our permanent collection and Riverama galleries from 12 to 5 pm, and take a guided tour of Glenview, our historic home, at 1 or 3 pm.


Morgan Library and Museum, New York*

This year on AAMD Art Museum Day, the Morgan’s blockbuster exhibition, "I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson" will be on view. As described in the New York Times, “It instantly turns the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of American culture that truly can claim greatness…” "I’m Nobody!" is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date, and explores a side the great poet’s life that is seldom acknowledged: one filled with rich friendships and long-lasting relationships with mentors and editors.  Visitors to the museum will have free access to the exhibition, to the Morgan’s historic spaces, and to a selection of guided tours.

The Morgan Library and Museum. Photography by Michel Denancé.


Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica*

Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Visitors can enjoy a free screening of the Exhibition on Film "Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse" at 2 p.m. in the Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium. Great artists like Van Gogh, Sargent, Pissarro, and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in this innovative and extensive exhibition from The Royal Academy of Arts, London.

In recognition of the day, MWPAI will offer a free set of the four Voyage of Life prints by Thomas Cole (11" x14", unframed) for each new MWPAI Membership purchased during our regular hours on May 18. 

We encourage our visitors and members to celebrate Art Museum Day by sharing their most fond MWPAI experiences with us on social media.


Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission 10am - 9pm

- 10% Off Membership (for Memberships $250 and under.)

- 20% off in The Store at MAD (for purchases above $25)

Docent Tours
There are docent tours at 11:30 am, 3 pm and 6:30 pm. Docent tours are free with admission and meet in the lobby.

Artist Studios
Visit Lauren Skelly Bailey in the Artist Studios at MAD.
10 am – 9pm
Lauren Skelly Bailey explores surface, form, and the layering of histories with her ceramics. She is drawn to controlling the unexpected, and her intentional decision making allows her to develop new facets of her process of creating clay conglomerations.

Artist Studios Talk and Closing Reception
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Discover the art and design made at MAD with the residents of the Artist Studios Program. Join outgoing artists as they discuss their work in a Pecha Kucha style presentation in the Theater at MAD.


Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture
Through August 20, 2017

Judith Leiber:  Crafting a New York Story
Through August 6, 2017

fashion after Fashion
Through August 6, 2017

You Can’t Bury Me, I’m Already Underground
RESPONSE: Melanie Bernier
Through April 30, 2017

Museum of Arts and Design


Museum of Modern Art, New York

1/2 -  price admission for General Admission tickets purchased online only

Those who purchased 1/2 - price General Admission tickets online will be given the full-price discount on a MoMA membership when joining.


Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY*

10% discount in museum store


The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City*


Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, New York*†

Sunday, May 21: PLAYDATE! Free Third Sundays at Sugar Hill, a FREE fun filled family day of art exhibitions, art-making, live illustrations, and more!

Sugar Hill Children's Museum, New York


North Carolina

The Mint Museum, Charlotte

The Mint has joined with its Levine Center for the Arts partners for “The Art of Yoga,” a celebration which will incorporate a FREE communitywide yoga class utilizing the Mint’s Grand Staircase and the Levine Center for the Arts plaza. Following the hour-long outdoor yoga class, the Mint along with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will offer three free hours of gallery access from 6-9 p.m. along with cash bars and food trucks. The event is in partnership with The Charlotte Observer/Charlotte Five and is sponsored by OrthoCarolina. More information available at

The Mint Museum. Photo by Mitchell Kearney.


North Dakota

Plains Art Museum, Fargo*



Akron Art Museum, Akron*

11:15am: Art Tales: Sharing and Cooperation

Discounts on memberships available


Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown*†

Friday, May 19: Special Educational programs including a talk by artist Ron Barron


Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati*

Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Free general admission and free parking! Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

10% discount for non-members in the Cincinnati Art Museum's Gift Shop and Terrace Cafe. 10% for all memberships.

Evenings for Educators: Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light from 4-7 p.m. ($10 members; $20 general admission; $5 students. Reservation required) and InConversation: The Art of Collecting at 7 p.m. (Free for Art Museum members, $10 for general admission, $5 for students/seniors).

Cincinnati Art Museum


The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland*†

In celebration of Art Museum Day 2017, visitors will have the opportunity to see the CMA's special exhibition "Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s" for free on Thu, 5/18, and half-off admission on Sat, 5/20 - Sun, 5/21.

The Cleveland Museum of Art


Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus*†

Sunday, May 21: Check out our JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity to build a birdhouse, design a sticker tree or create a storytelling adventure game. There is also  a twist-tie challenge, a collaborative drawing challenge and an exhibition called MOTION that highlights works of art from the Museum’s collection that depict movement.  In the galleries, visitors can solve puzzles, play games, and join conversation boards. You can also stop by our admissions desk and pick up a scavenger hunt and other self-guided tours.


Dayton Art Institute, Dayton*

The Dayton Art Institute will waive its suggested admission and offer free general admission to the permanent collection on Thursday, May 18, as part of the celebration of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day.

The DAI will also offer $10 off the purchase of a new Individual, Duo or Family membership on May 18. In addition, the museum will offer special pricing of $5 for that evening’s Curatorial Conversations gallery talk, which will look at the focus exhibition Red: Endless Attraction in Gallery 218. The talk is limited to 20 people, and advance reservations are recommended by calling 937-223-4278.

Dayton Art Institute


Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield*


Taft Museum of Art, Columbus*†

Saturday, May 20

Discover our world-renowned art collection in a beautiful historic house. See major works by Rembrandt, Hals, Goya, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner, Ingres, and Sargent.

Color+Rhythm: New Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox is on view.

Enjoy the sweet sounds of summer with Tunes at the Taft at 2 p.m.

Kick back under the tent with The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, Cincinnati’s favorite bluegrass band for an afternoon of toe-tapping fun. Sweet treats will be provided by Graeter’s. 

Free. No reservations required.

Photo courtesy of the Taft Museum of Art


Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo*


Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus*†

Free admission Sunday, May 21

Photo of The Wexner Center for the Arts by Katie Spengler



Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa*



Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto†

Beginning on May 18th, the ROM will be hosting three lectures, focused on different audience segments, to celebrate Art Museum Day.

May 18th, 11am: Holding Close and Letting Go: creating collective memory through object handling

May 23rd, 7pm: The Challenge of Building a National Museum lecture by Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture

May 26th, 6pm: Art Imitates Nature: Contemporary Works Using Museum Collections. (Free. RSVP Required. ROM Admission is not included.)



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


Portland Art Museum, Portland*†

Free admission Saturday, May 20



Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh†

Factory Swing Shift
Friday, May 19, 2017
The Factory
The Factory stays up late!  Visit our hands-on underground studio to make art after dark during Factory Swing Shift. Visitors can drop in to experiment with a range of materials and techniques in a relaxed creative environment with skilled artist educators, special guests, and music.  This program is presented as part of Art Museum Day 2017.
FREE with museum admission (half-price 5-10pm)

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA


The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Free weekday admission for college and graduate students (with valid school ID).
For the general public, admission to Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie (on view through May 22) is included with collection admission.

Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation


Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford*†

Sunday May 7

PNC Arts Alive First Sunday for Families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our theme is Mix and Mash(up). Transform ordinary and unusual art supplies into new creations in a special art activity.  Enjoy a performance by the Funicular Circus. They will perform a “Little Circus” at noon, an interactive production that includes juggling, trapeze and tight wire.  At 1:30 p.m., the performers will walk across the Brandywine River on a tight wire.


Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh*

special activities for kids and families in the afternoon


Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh*

The Frick Pittsburgh will offer free admission for docent-led tours of Clayton on Thursday, May 18.

10% discount on new memberships at the Individual level and above

Photo courtesy The Frick Pittsburgh


Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia*

Free, open-to-the-public conversation with curator Charlotte Ickes

Curator-led tours of the current exhibitions


Penn Museum, Philadelphia*

On Thursday, May 18, the Penn Museum offers a day of free Museum general admission as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day.

This offer does not apply to pre-registered tours or group visits. Group visits should be booked in advance to confirm availability. Groups are considered parties of 10 people or more. For more information, visit

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.


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia*

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts


Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia*


Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg*


The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg*

The Westmoreland Jazz Society Concert featuring Thomas Wendt & The Main Stem Quintet. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available at the door, online, or by calling 1.888.71TICKETS. $15 for members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students (age 21 and under).

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art


Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce†

May 21: Free admission for Ponce residents

Workshop for children, documentaries, a lecture, and folkloric music.


Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan†

Wednesday, May 17: Regular Admission from 10am - 2pm / Free Admission from 2pm - 8pm

Only on May 17th:
25% discount for new memberships
18% discount for Creative Summer Workshops

6:00 - 7:00 PM: JIT Jibarito Improv Theater will present a live improv creative workshop in the galleries of the exhibition Interconnections. Free admission. 



Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal*†

Free admission May 28


Rhode Island

RISD Museum, Providence*


South Carolina

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia

We will have a party on our plaza with exhibition-themed crafts, food, and a prize giveaway



Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis*

2 memberships for the price of one at $60 level and up


Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville*

* Art Workshop: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
* Educator SPARK Evening: 5:30–8:00 p.m.
* Workshop: Drop-In Drawing and a Drink 5:00–8:00 p.m. 

* Jazz guitarist Geary Moore  6:00–8:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the Frist Center for Visual Arts


Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis*

Join us in celebrating Art Museum Day!

The Brooks is offering free admission on Thursday, May 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world. The first 25 guests will also receive a free Brooks Museum mug.

Postcards will be provided for guests to write to federal legislators about why art museums are important to them. Guest are also encouraged to share their art museum experiences on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #ArtMuseumDay and #BrooksMuseum.

Museum guests of all ages enjoy the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s rich and vibrant programs – like free Homeschool Days that are held in the fall and spring. Photo: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art



Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth*

Amon Carter Museum of American Art


The Contemporary Austin, Austin*

With Liberty and Justice for All Film Series: "Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity"
8:30pm, May 18, Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center
Suggested donation: $5-10


Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth**

Half-priced admission to A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection


McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

Displaying a work by Kiki Smith for the month of May


Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas*

6:30pm: special exhibition tour

Meadows Museum at SMU. Photo by Guy Rogers III


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth*

2 pm docent-led tour
Special Exhibition - FOCUS Katherine Bernhardt


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston**

Free general admission

Free tour programs at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Free fashion show happening in collaboration with Houston Community College's Fashion Design Program at 7 p.m.


Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas*

In celebration of Art Museum Day, please enjoy free admission to the Nasher Sculpture Center on Thursday, May 18, 2017.


San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio*†

Friday, May 19: free general admission

Family Flick: Best of the Fest 1 and 2
(121 minutes, suggested for ages 3 to 8 but fun for all) Show starts at sundown | Free


San Antonio Museum of Art



Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Reduced admission: $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-18

Print your Vermont: Using the Museum’s antique printing press, visitors will make relief prints that picture their Vermont community. Once all of the prints are dried, they will hang side by side to create a beautiful printed quilt of Vermont that will be exhibited in the classroom of Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. This event will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 11am – 3pm.

Student Think Tank: Shelburne Museum hosts 50 middle school students from the towns of Shelburne, Williston, Hinesburg, and Charlotte to gather in the Pizzagalli Center for Arts and Education for a special “think tank” to talk about learning and the future of education. Together with the help of Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) district coaches and other community leaders, students will think, talk, design, share, and ultimately develop a district-wide concept that puts students at the center of decisions that are normally made about them.



Art Museums at 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 - Take a guided tour of dog-related art and explore the lives of dogs as pets and workplace helpers in the 18th century. Learn about our folk art dog, Prince; artist William Hogarth’s canine companion; and other dogs in art. (45 minutes)
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Decorative Arts Highlights (30 min.)
Noon and 2 p.m. Introduction to Folk Art (30 min)
2:15 and 3:30 p.m. Focus on Furniture (45 min)
2:30 p.m. Printed, Painted, Stained and Dyed - Join a curator to learn about printed textiles for fashion and home on this interactive tour.  (45 min)
2:30-4 p.m. Music in the Museums - period music as you tour the galleries
3 p.m. That's How Old - How do humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors affect the condition of objects? What can museum conservators do to keep priceless objects safe and looking their best? Learn the answers on this guided tour and discover the methods and materials used to help protect the paintings, textiles, furniture, glassware, metalware, and other items in our collections. (30 min)
4:30 p.m. The Mischievous Fey - It's springtime and the world awakens after a long winter's sleep. It's time for the spring lambs, the flowers to bloom and the mischievous Fey to once again roam the Highlands. Enjoy tales of the Spring Festivals and the Fey as told by Master Storyteller Donna Wolf. (1 hour)


Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk*

Discounts on membership

All guests receive Member for a Day cards


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


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond*

General admission to VMFA's Permanent Galleries is free 365 days a year. In celebration of Art Museum Day 2017, the museum will be offering free tickets to our newest special exhibition, "Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style." Tickets to this exhibition are normally $10-$22.



Henry Art Gallery, Seattle*


Seattle Art Museum, Seattle

$5 off admission


Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma*

Celebrate Art Museum Day at TAM on May 18! Enjoy free admission all day, with extended Third Thursday hours (10 am – 8 pm). New exhibitions on view include Cultural imPRINT: Northwest Coast Prints and Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art



Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee

All Day:
•  Explore the Museum’s Collection Galleries on an emoji art scavenger hunt.

•  Stop by the Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery to see Paper Play: Kindergarten to Contemporary Art and make your own paper creations.

•  See works from private Milwaukee-area art collections in the feature exhibition, "Milwaukee Collects."

•  Discover "How Posters Work", featuring poster designs by local artists, with a hands-on Family Guide.

• Take a 30-minute art break and celebrate the art treasures from the Greater Milwaukee area in the feature exhibition, "Milwaukee Collects," on a tour with a Museum expert.