Today’s the day: Free Sackler Museum admission, cheaper membership

Harvard’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum is taking part in Art Museum Day today. (Photo: Fred Dunn)

It’s International Museum Day and Art Museum Day, and in Cambridge that means a day of free admission to the galleries at Harvard’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum and and a 10 percent discount on membership purchases.

“AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that the Harvard Art Museums are joining with us and the global community of museums to celebrate the role museums play in their communities and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences,” said Chris Anagnos, executive director of the Association of Art Museum Directors, which promotes Art Museum Day for its hundred-plus member institutions across North America.

The museum, at 485 Broadway, has exhibitions include “Re-View,” an overview of paintings, sculpture and works on paper from the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Sackler museums. Visitors will also get free admission to “Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939,” a rare look at the avant-garde photography of the modernist painter.

Organizers want audiences to interact with and record their encounters with art; the Harvard Art Museums encourage visitors to share their museum experiences on a printed form available at the museum and tweet them using the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.

The Harvard museums are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and closed on major holidays). Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and over and $6 for college students with valid ID. Paid admission includes entrance to the museum, guided tours and gallery talks. Museum entry is free for children under 18, members of the Harvard Art Museums and Cambridge Public Library cardholders (and free plus one guest for Harvard University students and affiliates). For Massachusetts residents with valid ID, the museums are free on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call (617) 495-9400 or visit harvardartmuseums.org/visit.

This post was written from a press release.

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