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Free Day

at Norman Rockwell Museum

Entry into the Norman Rockwell Museum is both a trip into America’s past and a fantastic journey to lands unknown. And on May 18th visitors can have their passports to these distant destinations stamped for free.

To celebrate the ninth annual Art Museum Day, the museum will offer free admission that day, joining hundreds of other institutions across North America in recognizing the arts and the important role that art museums play in communities.

This year, Norman Rockwell Museum is presenting exhibitions on the art of Norman Rockwell, pulp fiction artist Gloria Stoll Karn, as well as the final days of Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi. Museum curators will give a special tea and talk about the DiTerlizzi exhibition at 1:30PM.

Known for his multi-million bestselling book series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, DiTerlizzi is celebrated the world over for his images of such fantasy creatures as fairies, trolls, sprites, and goblins. Never Abandon Imagination showcases more than 200 original paintings and drawings, starting from DiTerlizzi’s work in tabletop games, such as Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, to his many imaginative children’s books.

The theme for Art Museum Day 2018 is Hyperconnected Museums a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person. Art museums are often anchors for public spaces and neighborhoods, and they partner with school systems and civic organizations in ways that make their towns, cities and regions better places for everyone.

Norman Rockwell Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to Rockwell’s life and work while also preserving, interpreting and exhibiting a growing collection of art by other American illustrators.

Located on 36 acres in Stockbridge, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life, the museum is open seven days a week, year-round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Museum hours are May through October are 10AM to 5PM daily and 7 PM on Thursdays in July and August. Regular admission is $20, $18 for seniors, $17 for military veterans, $10 for students, and free for children 18 and under.