Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will be free on Thursday May 18 from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. for Art Museum Day 2017! We’ll be offering special tours and activities in the afternoon.
For the eighth year, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is uniting its membership to celebrate Art Museum Day. 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.