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May 15, 2014

Deal Feed: Score Free Admission To The Art Museum, PAFA, ICA And More On Sunday, May 18 As Part Of International Museum Day

In celebration of Art Museum Day and International Museum Day, a number of the city's museums are slated to provide guests with free admission on Sunday, May 18. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

This weekend, museums across the globe are celebrating their important cultural role by taking part in the annual Art Museum Day, which is part of the larger International Museum Day.

Raise a hat to Philadelphia’s awesome museum scene by taking advantage of free admission and special programming at participating local museums on Sunday, May 18 (and at the Penn Museum on Tuesday, May 20).

Taking advantage of the promotion is seriously simple, just visit any one of the participating museums on Sunday, May 18 and walk in for free. Prior registration isn’t required.

Between the sister events — International Museum Day and Art Museum Day — five area museums are showing off their impressive collections for free.

Philadelphia Museum of Art: As part of the worldwide museum celebration, the Philadelphia Museum of Art swings open its doors for free. Visit the iconic museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the chance to stroll the galleries and the opportunity to check out Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910 which closes in just a few weeks. The free admission includes access to general admission exhibitions and galleries.

When: Sunday, May 18
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: All galleries and exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts usher guests in for free this Sunday, May 18. Be sure to check out PAFA’s 113th Annual Student Exhibition, too. Also in celebration of Art Museum Day, the museum is slated to offer a special tour entitled PAFA and the French Connection, a look at the French influence on PAFA’s collection.

When: Sunday, May 18
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad Street
Cost: Free

Penn Museum: A few days after the official Art Museum Day, the Penn Museum offers free admission to all visitors in celebration of the worldwide event. On Tuesday, May 20, visit the museum to learn about a variety of archaeological and anthropological pieces that are part of the museum’s permanent collection — items from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and much more. Throughout the day, also enjoy a variety of themed tours and discussions.

When: Tuesday, May 20
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Free

Brandywine River Museum of Art: Browse the galleries of the Brandywine River Museum of Art as it also welcomes guests for free on Sunday, May 18. The converted nineteenth-century mill overlooks the Brandywine River for scenic views and offers guests a look at influential art of the past and an immense collection of Wyeth family art. May 18 also marks the final day of its N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making exhibition which spotlights images of American pride throughout history and the final day of its A Date with Art: The Business of Illustrated Calendars exhibition.

When: Sunday, May 18
Where: Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Cost: Free

Institute of Contemporary Art: While the Institute of Contemporary Art is always open for free (deal!), the University City museum celebrates Art Museum Day with a 10 percent discount off its catalogues. Browse the collections, which always promise the hottest and coolest trends in contemporary art, and pick up a discounted catalogue on your way out.

When: Sunday, May 18
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost: Free

Art Museum Day
When: Sunday, May 18
Where: Participating museums
Cost: Free
More info: www.aamd.org

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