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International Museum Day in Metro Phoenix: Here Are 6 Places to Celebrate

There are some pretty weird museums out there — including one dedicated to mustard in Wisconsin, a hair museum in Missouri, a salt and pepper shaker museum in Texas, and a museum of bad art in Boston. There's nothing quite that odd here in Phoenix, but we've still got plenty of interesting options. 

Wednesday, May 18, is International Museum Day. It's been celebrated since 1977 as a way to highlight the role of museums in fostering cultural exchange, mutual understanding, and peace. You probably won't get a better grasp of hair or mustard by cruising the local museum scene, but you can still explore some intriguing stuff.

These six Valley museums are celebrating International Museum Day with free admission and/or activities on May 18, and we've got details to help you start planning.

Phoenix Art Museum
Get free admission all day long, and save 10 percent when you shop at the Phoenix Art Museum Store or dine at the museum's Palette restaurant. Normally admission is $15 per adult, so it's a nice bit of savings — although there's still a $5 per adult fee for special exhibitions, including "Phoenix Rising: The Valley Collects" and "The Ultimate Collection." Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and there's a free Make It! activity at 3 p.m. for visitors who want to create their own collage with a surrealistic twist. Alas, the 6:30 p.m. artist lecture with Teresita Fernández is already sold out. Current exhibitions feature everything from fashion to fish. While you're there, check out exhibitions showcasing local artists, including "Saskia Jorda: A Geography of Line." 


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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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