Visitors Encouraged to Share Their Museum Experiences Throughout the Celebrations via Social Media
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Tacoma, WA Museum of Glass announced today that it will offer free admission on Thursday, May 16 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Last year, Museum of Glassalong with more than 120 other AAMD member museums across North Americaparticipated in 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 years event prompted an outpouring of responses with tweets, check-ins via FourSquare, and personal responses from across North America. Museum of Glass invites visitors to continue the conversation this year by sharing their perspectives via social media with the hashtag #artmuseumday.

We are so excited to once again be a part of the national celebration of the arts, notes Susan Warner, Executive Director of Museum of Glass.

Art museums bring communities together and engage people of every background in the shared exploration of human expression across time and cultures, said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. AAMD is so pleased that Museum of Glass is joining us in celebrating Art Museum Day and is encouraging everyone in Tacoma and the surrounding communities to participate and share their experiences in a public forum.

Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums. These member institutionslocated across the United States, Canada, and Mexicoinclude regional museums as well as large international museums. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMDs Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOMs global celebration.

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/). Note that while AAMDs Art Museum Day and ICOMs International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Alaska Airlines, Forest Foundation, The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, ArtsFund, The Dimmer Family Foundation, and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Alaska Airlines, Forest Foundation, The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, ArtsFund, The Dimmer Family Foundation, and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

Hours and Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Store is also open Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): also open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Admission is free for members, $12 general, $10 seniors, military
and students (13+ with ID), $10 groups of 10 or more, $5 children (6-12) years old. Children under 6 are admitted free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Info Line 253-284-4750/ 1-866-4MUSEUM
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street Tacoma, WA 98402

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