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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Museum offers free admission

  • Mabee-Gerrer Museum offering free admission as part of Smithsonian Day.
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  • The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
     
    Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.
     
    “We feel it is important to participate in Museum Day Live! and give people an opportunity to visit the museum for free. The MGMoA has participated in this event the past several years and we will continue to support programs such as this,” said Dane Pollei, Director of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.
     
    “As part of your free admission, you can visit the only Egyptian mummy in the state as well as see our current exhibit that features Russian lacquer boxes. The detail on these boxes is amazing!” said Pollei. Fairy Tales in Miniature: Russian Lacquer Boxes from the Lucy Maxim Collection is on exhibit until October 27.
     
    The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the campus of St. Gregory’s University, 1900 W. MacArthur St. in Shawnee. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 65 or older, $3 for students and children ages 6 to 17, and free for children age 5 and younger. For accommodations on the basis of disability or more information on this exhibit, call the museum at (405) 878-5300.
     
    The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available to download beginning in August at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
     
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