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

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

November 14, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 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, 4:00 – 6:00 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 - 8:00 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 cool music from our in-house DJ, G.S. Schray. Beer is on you.

AAM After Work: Open World Play

November 21, 2019, 5:30 - 8:00 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 cool music from our in-house DJ, G.S. Schray. Beer is on you.

Free and open to the public.

Registration is requested. Members receive double discounts in the museum shop & the café during AAM After Work events.

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