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Penn Museum joins celebration of Art Museum Day With free admission and special programming

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Philadelphia, PA, MAY 2015—On Tuesday, May 19, the Penn Museum offers a day of free admission and special programming for adults and families, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Monday, May 18, 2015. Last year, the Penn Museum—along with 180 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in Art Museum Day.

Art Museum Day underscores the critical role art museums play as cultural resources in their communities and celebrates the unique opportunities AAMD member museums offer visitors to engage with works of art. This year, the Penn Museum offers special activities throughout the day: a drop-in children’s craft workshop inspired by Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold from Ancient Panama, the special exhibition open through November 1 (10:00 to 11:30 am); opportunities to chat with a Museum mummies conservator during “Open Window” times at In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies(11:15 and 2:00 pm); and a chance to chat with docents and handle reproduction artifacts at special Cartifacts (noon to 4:00 pm). At 12:30 pm, Dr. C. Brian Rose, Peter C. Ferry Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, offers a curator’s tour of Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans.

Visitors are invited to take on the role of artists during the afternoon’s Open Sketch Time (2:00 to 5:00 pm). The Museum provides basic pencils and paper (limited number of clip boards available), or guests may bring their own sketch boards, pads and pencils, and select an inspiring artifact or gallery to draw in.

The Penn Museum also invites visitors to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay. 

“With world renowned collections from around the globe, many acquired from our own archaeological excavations, the Penn Museum is in a unique position to explore the story of humanity,” noted Julian Siggers, Ph.D., Williams Director, Penn Museum, and a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. “We are delighted to join with art museums around the country—and international museums around the world—for a day of special access to celebrate our shared cultural and artistic heritage.”

“Art museums are invaluable communal spaces that bring people together to experience the arts across cultures and generations,” said Chris Anagnos, executive director of AAMD. “AAMD is so pleased that Penn Museum is joining us in this celebration by welcoming everyone in the Philadelphia region to participate in Art Museum Day.”

Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.

AAMD represents 242 art museums across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—from regional museums to large museums in major urban centers. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America.

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website.

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