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Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Museums to Celebrate Art Museum Day

Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) member museums across the United States, Canada, and Mexico will offer free or reduced admission, special programs, and other initiatives on May 18, Art Museum Day.

In 2012, AAMD launched an initiative encouraging visitors of all ages to share their experiences of Art Museum Day through social media. Last year’s event prompted an outpouring of tweets, “check-ins” via FourSquare, Facebook posts, and other personal responses from across North America. This year AAMD is again encouraging visitors to share their experiences on May 18 on social media platforms with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay and through special events on Facebook and Foursquare.

“Whether through exhibitions that connect us to other cultures or public programs that introduce new ideas, museums draw communities together in a shared experience of human creativity and expression.” said Christine Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “This Art Museum Day, AAMD encourages everyone to discover their connection to the arts by visiting their local museum and sharing their experiences in a public forum.”

AAMD’s Art Museum Day coincides with International Museum Day, organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Participation by AAMD member museums emphasizes the lasting impact art museums have on their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and share their encounters with works of art.

Museums participating in AAMD’s Art Museum Day in 2013 include:

Museums participating in AAMD’s Art Museum Day in 2013 include:

Ackland Art Museum

Akron Art Museum


Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Andy Warhol Museum

Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Institute of Chicago

Asian Art Museum

Asia Society Museum

Aspen Art Museum

Baltimore Museum of Art

Bass Museum of Art

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Birmingham Museum of Art

Boise Art Museum

Brandywine River Museum

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Canadian Centre for Architecture

Carnegie Museum of Art

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Chazen Museum of Art

Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries

Cleveland Museum of Art

Columbia Museum of Art

Columbus Museum of Art

Contemporary Arts Center

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Corning Museum of Glass

Crocker Art Museum

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Currier Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

David & Alfred Smart Museum of Art

Delaware Art Museum

Denver Art Museum

Des Moines Art Center

Detroit Institute of Arts

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

El Paso Museum of Art

Farnsworth Art Museum

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Flint Institute of Arts

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Frick Art and Historical Center

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Georgia Museum of Art

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grey Art Gallery

Hammer Museum

Harvard Art Museums

Henry Art Gallery

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

High Museum of Art

Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens

Hood Museum of Art

Hunter Museum of American Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indiana University Art Museum

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum

Jewish Museum

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Joslyn Art Museum

J. Paul Getty Museum

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kimbell Art Museum

List Visual Arts Center

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Lowe Art Museum

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

McNay Art Museum

Meadows Museum

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Miami Art Museum

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Mississippi Museum of Art

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Morgan Library & Museum

Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary

Museo Arocena

Museo de Arte de Ponce

Museo Franz Mayer

Museo Nacional de Arte

Museo Tamayo

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo

Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Glass

Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Modern Art

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Nasher Sculpture Center

National Museum of African Art

National Museum of Wildlife Art

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Newark Museum

New Orleans Museum of Art

Noguchi Museum

Norman Rockwell Museum

North Carolina Museum of Art

Orlando Museum of Art

Palmer Museum of Art

Palm Springs Art Museum

Peabody-Essex Museum

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philbrook Museum of Art

Phoenix Art Museum

Portland (Oregon) Art Museum

Princeton University Art Museum

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

RISD Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum

Salvador Dali Museum

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art

San Jose Museum of Art

Seattle Art Museum

Shelburne Museum

Smith College Museum of Art

Snite Museum of Art

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Spencer Museum of Art

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute

Studio Museum in Harlem

Tacoma Art Museum

Taft Museum of Art

Tampa Museum of Art

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Columbus Museum

The Drawing Center

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

The Frick Collection

The Menil Collection

The Mint Museum

The Phillips Collection

The Wolfsonian

Timken Museum of Art

Toledo Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

University of Iowa Museum of Art

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Vero Beach Museum of Art

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Wadsworth Atheneum

Walker Art Center

Weisman Art Museum

Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University

Whitney Museum of American Art

Worcester Art Museum

Yale Center for British Art

Yale University Art Gallery

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums is available in the newsroom of the AAMD website ( Note that while ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

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 ( has been celebrated globally since 1977, to encourage public focus on the museum as “an institution in the service of society and of its development.” Each year a theme is selected for International Museum Day that highlights the social significance of museums. ICOM’s theme for 2013 is “museums (memory + creativity) = social change.”

The Association of Art Museum Directors, representing 224 art museum directors in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, aids its members in establishing and maintaining the highest professional standards for themselves and the museums they represent. It serves as a forum for the exchange of information and the exploration of ideas, and as a voice with which museum directors may express their joint perspectives and those of their institutions.

Further information about AAMD is available at