Special promotions and events offered throughout the city in conjunction with American Alliance of Museums’ Annual Meeting
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 2:15pm
BALTIMORE, MD (April 15, 2013)—Baltimore’s museums and cultural attractions will take center stage in May when nearly 5,000 museum professionals from 64 countries descend on the city for the world’s largest gathering of museum professionals at the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. In conjunction with this event, Baltimore’s cultural community is rolling out the red carpet for everyone to celebrate the city’s extraordinary museums and attractions with the first Baltimore Museum Week, held May 19-24, 2013. A new website http://baltimore.org/museumweek gives details on the following ways visitors can participate:
•Explore Baltimore museums with special Buy One, Get One Free admission offers
•Enjoy a free walking tour of Mount Vernon and an outdoor art festival in Druid Hill Park
•Reserve a spot on one of the many behind-the-scenes educational tours
•Add personal museum experiences to a public sculpture through the Six-Word Project
•Volunteer time during AAM to help attendees enjoy their visit to Baltimore
Buy One, Get One Free
Get your family and friends together and get to a museum! Twenty of the city’s museums and attractions are offering Buy One, Get One Free admission discounts, either on specific days or throughout the week. Among the participating organizations are the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, B&O
Railroad Museum, Maryland Historical Society, Maryland Science Center, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Top of the World Observation Level and Walters Art Museum. (The Baltimore Museum of Art and Walters Art Museum offer free general admission year round.)
On-site / Insights
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to participate in a complimentary behind-the- scenes education program. Professional museum staff will reveal interesting tidbits on topics such as how Fort McHenry’s new exhibits were created, how the B&O Railroad Museum’s locomotives were restored, or how to run a unique shop like Sideshow at the American Visionary Art Museum. Spaces are limited and advance registration is required.
The theme of this year’s conference is The Power of Story and the Six-Word Project invites everyone to share their most memorable museum experience in just six words. This program is inspired by a challenge given to Ernest Hemingway, who was asked if he could write a story in six words. He paused and replied, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” and declared it his best work. Visitors to the website can submit six words describing what made their visit to a museum, zoo, aquarium or cultural institution simply unforgettable. All responses will become part of a unique sculpture at the Baltimore Convention Center during AAM’s Annual Meeting.
Volunteer opportunities begin on Friday, May 17 and continue through Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Volunteer positions include session monitors, hospitality lounge hosts, airport greeters, book store organizers, registration assistants, evening event assistants, and more. Perks include a volunteer t-shirt, free parking, delicious snacks, great networking opportunities, and a one-day free registration to the conference in return for working a four-hour volunteer shift (must live or work in the Baltimore area to qualify.)
Baltimore Museum Week is generously sponsored by Visit Baltimore, Bank of America, Carefirst, Constellation, ASR Group/Domino Sugar, The Johns Hopkins University, M&T
Bank, Maryland State Arts Council, and Whiting-Turner Construction Company. Additional sponsors include Baltimore Office of Promotions and The Arts, Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, Gross Mendelsohn, Henry L. Gladding Foundation, McGladrey, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Baltimore National Heritage Area.
American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Museums) is the one organization that supports all museums. Through advocacy and excellence, the Alliance strengthens the museum community. We support 21,000 museums, individuals and companies by developing standards and best practices, providing resources and career development, and advocating for museums to thrive.
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Sara Warfield, Visit Baltimore, 410-659-7071