Norman Rockwell Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day on May 18

Photo of Norman Rockwell Museum galleries.

Stockbridge, MA, April 5, 2017—Norman Rockwell Museum will offer free admission on Thursday, May 18, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day. Last year, Norman Rockwell Museum—along with more than 175 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in the annual program.

The theme of this year’s Art Museum Day is Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities. In addition to bringing the best of human creativity to people across North America, museums serve as engines for the creative economy, partners with school systems and civic organizations, and anchors for public spaces and neighborhoods, making their regions better places for everyone who lives and works there.

In addition to current exhibitions on the art of Norman Rockwell and Hanna-Barbera as well as digital interactives, Norman Rockwell Museum will present gallery talks starting at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The Museum also invites visitors to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media, with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.

“Norman Rockwell Museum is proud to take part in Art Museum Day,” notes Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. “Throughout his career, Norman Rockwell illustrated community and tolerance, concepts he lived and painted. Our Museum strives to advance social good through the civic values of learning, respect and inclusion, and hope you join us to celebrate the affirming power of illustration art.”

“The arts are shared by people across every time period and every place—creativity is a vital part of what makes us human and what makes our cities and towns better places to live,” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “On Art Museum Day, museums across North America invite everyone to come together with their families, friends, and neighbors to celebrate that creative spirit, connect in common experiences, and see new points of view. AAMD greatly appreciates Norman Rockwell Museum’s participation in Art Museum Day, and the contributions all art museums make to the vibrancy, economy, and strength of their communities.”

AAMD represents 245 art museums across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—from regional museums in small towns to large museums in major urban centers. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration.

For a full list of participating museums, visit: