May 18 is Free Museum Day!

by Paula Newton May 16, 2013

museumvisitorsOn Saturday, May 18 is the American Association of Museum Directors Art Museum Day. Many AAMD member organizations are offering free (or reduced) admission.

For money-saving convenience, here is a list of Texas museums offering free admission, in highest-to-lowest order of their regular (non-member adult) general admission fees:

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio

AMOA-Arthouse, Austin

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
The Menil Collection, Houston
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Forth Worth
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (Free since this January. Yea!)
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso

UPDATE: We are happy to make the following correction. Despite what were we told on the phone, the McNay is indeed participating in Art Museum Day. Yea!

Special confusion category:
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio. AAMD lists the MacNay as a participant, but the museum says they will not be free; they will be charging their regular $15 (which beats out the MFAH as the highest admission fee slot on the list).

1.   Many of these museums, even some of the always-free ones, have “special exhibitions,” to which the free admission does not apply. The MFAH’s Picasso Black and White is still $20 extra. Call ahead to each museum to get details.

2.   Don’t forget to show the always-free museums your love! If you don’t have time Saturday, stop by on Sunday.


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Bill Davenport May 16, 2013 - 09:04

So, if I drove really fast, I could save a total of $55 (not counting the McNay)!

Bill Davenport May 17, 2013 - 15:50

Make that $70!

Oh the largess May 16, 2013 - 13:29

Alternatively, show your disapproval for those museum at the top. Two hours labor at minimum wage to experience your cultural heritage brought to you by the munificence of your minimum wage employer!

Moreover Picasso Black and White is a killing floor! Skip it. Go see Forrest Bess again.

Daniela Oliver -McNay Art Museum May 17, 2013 - 10:32

The McNay is very pleased to be part of International Museum Day, back on May 7 we did send Glasstire our press release announcing the McNay Art Museum’s participation by offering free general admission. Please follow this link to read our release


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