Museums across the world, including the Tampa Museum of Art, will offer free admission or special activities on May 18 for Art Museum Day.
The aim is to highlight the role that museums play in communities, highlight the value of the visual arts in society and provide new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs at museums.
The Tampa Museum of Art, which is currently showcasing the exhibit Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF and Utility and Esthetics in Ancient Art, will have hands-on activities for children that day and live music at 120 Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa.
In Sarasota, the Ringling Museum of Art will have free admission and will have docents stationed throughout the galleries at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is participating the next day on May 19, when members may bring up to three friends to the museum for free and can get half-off prices at Café Gala.
The full list of participating museums can be found at the Association of Art Museum Directors' website, aamd.org.
A Dunedin historical museum will also have lots of extra activities May 18 as part of International Museum Day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Dunedin Historical Museum will have a special guest and in-depth tours from noon to 1 p.m. Regular activities such as the Kids Corner and Pirate Flag station will also be open. A local comic artist will be available for a Q&A in the exhibit, Comics: The Superpowered History. At the Railroad Station you can learn about the history behind the building that houses the museum. Admission is $2 and free for kids under 6 at the museum at 349 Main St., Dunedin.
—Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer