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May 18, 2015

Art institutions celebrate International Museum Day with free admission

Renowned galleries are open to the public

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A visitor admires gold artifacts from Sitio Conte, Panama, dating to ca. 700-900 CE, in the Penn Museum’s "Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama" exhibition.

For its sixth annual Art Museum Day, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) is celebrating by aligning their holiday with International Museum Day, which is Monday, May 18. What does that mean for curious tourists and art geeks? Namely, free admission to participating establishments.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, opens its doors for free Monday, May 18. Currently on view at Brandywine are the exhibits "Horace Pippin: The Way I See It," which explores the late artist's bold paintings, and "Pointed Pens: Selected Cartoons from the Permanent Collection."

Since the museum is usually closed on Mondays, the Penn Museum will celebrate IMD with free admission on Tuesday, May 19. A drop-in kids craft inspired by "Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold from Ancient Panama," chats with the museum's mummy conservator, special tours and more activities are planned for the day.

The Institute of Contemporary Art in University City and the Rodin Museum will also participate in IMD, if only incidentally; the ICA offers free admission to the public every day, and the Rodin is always pay-what-you-wish and free for children.