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Art Museum Day opens wide doors to culture in region

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 8:03 p.m.

Art lovers and culture buffs can skip the cost of admission at museums around the region during certain days in May.

Spots across the country are opening their doors for free in honor of Art Museum Day 2013, an event organized by the national Association of Art Museum Directors and now in its fourth year. The day is technically set for May 18, though various locations are honoring it at different dates and times.

In addition to enjoying the art, museumgoers are encouraged to use social media to share their Art Museum Day experiences via social media. Last year's event prompted an outpouring of responses with tweets and FourSquare check-ins from around the country.

According to the national organization, the participating Western Pennsylvania sites include the following:

The Andy Warhol Museum will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14.

“Offering free admission is a great opportunity for the Warhol to reach out to people in the community who may not have been to the museum, or haven't been in a while,” says Patrick Moore, the museum's deputy director.

“In particular, we're interested in families visiting because we do so many activities for children, like silkscreen painting, that brings Warhol's work alive. For a family, it's a terrific afternoon's entertainment.”

The museum is located at 117 Sandusky St., North Side. Details: 412-237-8300;

• Visitors can stop by the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland for free from 4 to 8 p.m. May 16.

Details: 412-622-3131;

• On May 18, Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze will offer free admission for docent-led tours of Clayton, the restored home of the Henry Clay Frick family. Reservations for tours are strongly recommended, as tour space is limited.

In addition, admission to the Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum will be free, as it is every day, the Frick is open to the public.

“We are pleased to join museums in the United States and around the world in celebrating International Museum Day,” says Bill Bodine, Frick's director. “By offering free admission, we provide an incentive for area residents to visit us and see how the Frick, along with other Pittsburgh museums, contribute to our city's world-class cultural status.”

Details: 412-371-0600;

• Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg will offer free admission May 18. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We're excited to celebrate the importance of the visual arts during Art Museum Day,” says Judith O'Toole, museum director. “It's a great day for the community to experience and engage with the museum, both while visiting us and by sharing experiences through social media.”

Details: 724-837-1500;

Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or

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