Been to your local museum lately? Well, tomorrow might be a great day to do it because it’s International Museum Day. What’s that you ask? Well, International Museum Day was founded in 1977 and since then it’s been an opportunity to increase public awareness of museums and the important role they play in our communities.
International Museum Day is celebrated sometime around May 18 and I’ve put together a short list of events that are happening in museums around the country through the end of the month. The theme for this year’s Museum Day is “Museum and Memory” and focuses on how museums preserve memories and tell stories about our cultural heritage and history.
Here’s some great events happening across the country. Get out there and experience the collective cultural memory that museum’s provide and help keep your local museum alive and kicking at the same time.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Evergreen Museum & Library Baltimore, MD The House Beautiful III: Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide In 2007, The Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened its famed Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts after an 18-month program of renovation to evoke how the elite royal and almost royal lived. The renovation included the conservation of 62 chandeliers and wall sconces, and the integration of lighting that could imitate different times of the day. Join Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide, the Metropolitan’s curator of European sculpture and decorative arts, as she discusses the restoration of the 18th-century period rooms and their superb furnishings, many of which have a royal provenance. She will also address the weaving and embroidery of historically correct upholstery, and the conservation of an imposing 18th-century bed.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma, WA Tacoma Art Bus Why walk when you can ride? Tacoma ART BUS is a tour of Tacoma art exhibits during Third Thursday Art Walk. This month the bus will be visiting the following places: Tacoma Art Museum, Embellish Multispace Salon, Tacoma Art Place, Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, Jazzbones, Proctor Art Gallery, Brick House Art Gallery and The Swiss Pub.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 Mission Hill Museum Salem, OR Zocalo Night The Zócalo, pronounced “sokalo” in Spanish, is the main plaza or square in the heart of the historic center of many cities across Mexico. Traditionally the Zócalo or “Plaza” is outside every Cathedral or Parish in Latin America. It is a place for celebrations, ceremonies, food, dances, live music, and civic engagement. On May 19th, a Zócalo will be created at the Mission Mill Museum in Salem. At Zócalo Night, the CAUSA’s American Dreamer Awards will be presented and there will be live Latin American music! Enjoy the entertainment of folkloric dancers, eat delicious food, learn how to dance salsa, and more!
Saturday, May 21, 2011 Pardee Home Museum Oakland, CA Ghost Investigation at Oakland’s Pardee Home Museum Bring your digital recorders, cameras, EMF meters, or just your curiosity to the Pardee Home Museum for a rare opportunity to hunt ghosts in this historic home! Attend a seance in the tower room conducted by a third-generation psychic, Karen Zimmerman, a professional ghost investigator and author. Her staff will lead the search for evidence of spirits within the Pardee Home Museum. Karen’s recently published book “Ghost Stories and Legends of Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland” contains an entire chapter on the Pardee Home. In her several investigations at the museum, she has recorded a number of EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). The same family lived and died, in the Pardee Home from the time of its completion in 1869 until the death of Miss Helen Pardee in 1982. The house has been preserved exactly how it was when Miss Helen made her final exit.
Friday, May 27, 2011 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Detroit, MI The Pairing Great Brands Wine Tasting Experience The Charles H. Wright Museum, Mercedes-Benz of St. Clair Shores and Andiamo Restaurant Group present the “Pairing Great Brands” Wine Tasting Experience featuring wines produced by African American vintners paired with the very best in food and entertainment. Enjoy great wine, great art, great food and great music in the stunning ambiance of the Charles H. Wright Museum’s Ford Freedom rotunda. Wine tasting classes will be held by Mahogany Tasters for both the novice and more seasoned sommelier.
Saturday, May 28, 2011 Heritage Museum of Orange County Santa Ana, CA A Temperance Tea The Heritage Museum of Orange County’s Victorian Tea Society presents “A Temperance Tea.” This Non-Traditional Afternoon Tea will be served on the shaded patio adjoining the rose garden. Menu items will be gently prepared or laced with spirits, but we invite you to reform and join the Cold Water Army in the fight against the Demon Rum! Women of the West will present the Victorian Historians, who will attempt to reform those under the spell of the liquid devil through entertaining lecture, song, and skit.