Museums open doors for International Museum Day

DALLAS — The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University is one of hundreds of museums across the country to offer free admission and other benefits May 18 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.

“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.

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums is available in the newsroom of the AAMD website More information about ICOM’s International Museum Day can be found at:

The Meadows Museum 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. For information, call 214-768-2516 or visit ?

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