Meadows to celebrate International Museum Day May 18

'Charles IV' by Francisco de GoyaSMU’s Meadows Museum will offer free admission, membership and merchandise discounts, and other benefits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 to celebrate the Association of Art Museum Directors’ International Museum Day 2010.

The annual celebration focuses attention on the important roles 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 will provide free admission to its current exhibition – Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron and Collector – as well as to its permanent collection of Spanish art. Public tours of the permanent collection will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tours of Royal Splendor at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All gift shop purchases will be 10 percent off that day, and museum memberships will be available at a 20 percent discount.

“We are happy to join museums throughout North America and the rest of the world to celebrate International Museum Day,” says 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 around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), which established the day in 1977.

Find more information about International Museum Day at the International Council of Museums homepage.

(Above, Francisco de Goya, Carlos IV, 1789, oil on canvas. Madrid, Royal Academy of History.)