Free Thursdays

When the building is open, the museum does its best to run programs. In the unfortunate instance something unforeseen occurs, the museum works hard to contact possible participants and/ or find an alternate date.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.



Connect with Dot

Meet Dot, your new AAM tour guide. She’ll lead you through the museum and give you a chance to connect with your family and friends while you explore the galleries. 

Connect with Dot

So, you're at the museum and you want to learn more about the art…

Connect with Dot, your new AAM digital tour guide.

Whether you're here solo or with friends or family, Dot will lead you through the galleries and give you fun opportunities to explore the art on display while you connect with friends or family, or learn something new about yourself. It all happens through your smartphone. Just connect with Dot on Facebook Messenger and she’ll lead the way:
  1. Connect to the museum's WiFi at Akron Art Guest (password is onehighst)
  2. Click on the Messenger app on your phone
  3. Type AAM Dot into the search field
  4. Tap Dot's picture and the Get Started button and you are on your way


"She's smart, she's sassy, and she uses artworks at the Akron Art Museum to get you talking with your friends about art and life and the connections between the two." Read Cleveland Plain Dealer art & architecture critic Steven Litt's take on Dot.

"The Akron Art Museum has a new employee: she never eats, she never sleeps, and she’s ready to give tours to every single person who walks into the building." Listen to Kabir Bhatia's report about Dot on WKSU.org


Dot is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Logo

Free Thursday

September 26, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

September 26, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Free Thursday

October 3, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

October 3, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

On The Table: Equity and Social Inclusion in the Arts and Beyond

October 3, 2019, 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM

The Akron Community Foundation has launched On the Table, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will bring together thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community.

On The Table: Equity and Social Inclusion in the Arts and Beyond

October 3, 2019, 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM

The Akron Community Foundation has launched On the Table, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will bring together thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community.

On Thursday, October 3 at 10:30 AM, and again at 5:30 PM, the Akron Art Museum will host conversations about equity and social inclusion in the arts and beyond inspired by works in the Akron Art Museum collection. Gather at the museum for a cup of coffee at 8:30 AM or stop by after work for a beverage, and head into the galleries for a conversation with Akron Art Museum staff and community members. We'll talk in front of breathtaking and impactful works like Mickalene Thomas' Girlfriends and Lovers and Doris Salcedo's installation Atrabiliarios (Defiant).

Free Thursday

October 10, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

October 10, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

October 10, 2019, 4 – 6 PM

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind. Join an artist-educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing.

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

October 10, 2019, 4 – 6 PM

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Join an artist-educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing.

Free. *Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Free Thursday

October 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

October 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Art Babes

October 17, 2019, 10 AM – 12 PM

Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships.

Art Babes

October 17, 2019, 10 AM – 12 PM

Art Babes

Best for ages 0 – 12 months and their grown-ups

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Happy babbles and crying are welcome! After class, make time for coffee talk and play awhile in our baby-friendly space.

$5/member child, $12/nonmember child. Registration required.

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Free Thursday

October 24, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

October 24, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Art Talk: Joe Vitone

October 24, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Since 1998, Akron-native Joe Vitone has returned home each year to take photographs for Family Records, an ongoing series of portraits documenting the artist’s relatives living in the area. Vitone will discuss the motivation and process behind this important body of work on the occasion of its first Northeast Ohio showing.

Art Talk: Joe Vitone

October 24, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Art Talk: Joe Vitone

At the University of Akron Myers School of Art, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron

Since 1998, Akron-native Joe Vitone has returned home each year to take photographs for Family Records, an ongoing series of portraits documenting the artist’s relatives living in the area. Vitone will discuss the motivation and process behind this important body of work on the occasion of its first Northeast Ohio showing.

Free and open to the public

Joe Vitone, (l. to r.) Charlie Morlan and Gabe Booth in combat fatigues with toy guns, Orrville, Ohio, 2006, archival inkjet print, 20 x 24 in., Courtesy of the artist

Free Thursday

October 31, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursday

October 31, 2019, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free Thursday

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Make a Visit to the Akron Art Museum the Best Part of Your Day, with #AAMEveryday.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Kids Creative Playdate

November 7, 2019, 11 AM - 1 PM

This program combines play with loose parts with unconventional idea-making. Art smocks provided, mess-making guaranteed.

Kids Creative Playdate

November 7, 2019, 11 AM - 1 PM

Kids Creative Playdate

Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Art meets play every first Thursday! Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side in a sensory-rich space where everyday materials provide fuel for imagination. This program combines play with loose parts with unconventional idea-making. Art smocks provided, mess-making guaranteed.

Complimentary admission for members, $12/nonmember child. *Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

November 14, 2019, 4 – 6 PM

Join an artist-educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing.

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

November 14, 2019, 4 – 6 PM

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

Best for ages 5 – 12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Join an artist-educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing.

Free. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

AAM After Work: Open World Play

November 21, 2019, 5:30 - 8 PM

The first of AAM’s happy hour events will celebrate our exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art. Join us for an evening of free board games and live music. Beer is on you.

AAM After Work: Open World Play

November 21, 2019, 5:30 - 8 PM

AAM After Work: Open World Play

The first of AAM’s happy hour events will celebrate our exhibition Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art. Join us for an evening of free board games and live music. Beer is on you.

Free and open to the public

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