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Meadows Museum to Join in Association of Art Museum Directors' Celebration of International Museum Day on May 18, 2010

Meadows Museum to Offer Free Admission, Other Benefits on Tuesday, May 18

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University announced today that it will offer free admission and other benefits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) celebration of International Museum Day. Participation by AAMD member museums is intended to focus attention on the important roles that art museums serve in their communities, further showcase their remarkable collections, and increase opportunities for audiences to engage with the many educational programs art museums offer.

The Meadows Museum will provide free admission to its current exhibition, Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron and Collector, as well as to the permanent collection of Spanish art. Public tours of the permanent collection will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tours of the Charles IV exhibition at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. In addition, all gift shop purchases will be 10 percent off that day, and museum memberships may be purchased at a 20 percent discount.

“We are happy to join museums throughout North America and the rest of the world to celebrate International Museum Day,” said Dr. Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum director. “This is a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase our own museum but to support the global efforts of art museums to reach out to their communities with cultural and educational offerings.”

AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada and Mexico—include smaller regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

“We believe that art museums are crucial to our understanding of world history and cultures, and provide a unique and irreplaceable public service,” said Michael Conforti, president of AAMD and director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. “AAMD is committed to exploring new ways to underscore the value of the visual arts in civic society, and we are excited that the Meadows Museum is joining with us and the global community of museums to focus on this message of public service.”

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums is available in the newsroom of the AAMD website. International Museum Day was begun in 1977 by the International Council of Museums and is formally held each year on May 18, although some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates. Read more about ICOM’s International Museum Day.

The Meadows Museum, a division of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, with works dating from the 10th to the 21st century. It includes masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters: El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. The museum is located at 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the campus of SMU, three blocks west of the DART light rail Mockingbird Station. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 per person, $6 for seniors, free on Thursday evenings after 5 p.m., and free for children under 12, museum members, and SMU faculty, staff and students. Ample free parking is available in the museum garage. For information, call 214.768.2516 or visit www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org.

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