This Friday, many art museums in North America are participating in Art Museum Day as part of the larger International Museum Day being celebrated across the world. To quote the Association of Art Museum Directors:
Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America as part
of a larger worldwide initiative. ICOM’s International Museum Day (http://icom.museum/imd.html) has
been celebrated all over the world since 1977, to encourage public focus on the museum as “an institution
in the service of society and of its development.”
It’s a great opportunity to check out a museum you may have never visited and to connect with the cultural institutions in your area. I’ve highlighted the Boston area art museums that are participating. For other AAMD Art Museum Participants, click here. For International Museum Day participants, click here.
(Updated) Peabody Essex Museum: 3 free months of membership if you join on 4/18. More details coming soon. They have a huge, diverse collection and are expanding (again!) to house it all.
Institute of Contemporary Art: free 5-9 pm. Be sure to check out the Charline von Heyl exhibit. I attended the press preview for it and loved her work.
Harvard Art Museum’s Sackler Museum: free all day May 18. The Sackler currently has a “best of the collections” of Harvard’s three art museums while they work on renovation and expanding on their property on Quincy Street to house all three collections under one roof.
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park: free all day May 18. Please note that only the Sculpture Park is open as they install their summer exhibition.