Free Thursdays

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. 

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Book Club: Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

August 22, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion of New York Times best-selling author Peggy Orenstein's book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter.

Book Club: Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

August 22, 2019, 6:30 pm

The rise of the girlie-girl, warns Peggy Orenstein, is no innocent phenomenon. Following her acclaimed books Flux, Schoolgirls and the provocative New York Times best-seller Waiting for Daisy, Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at every turn as they grow into adults. Join us for a discussion of the book and a tour of the exhibition Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Books are available for purchase in the museum shop. 

Free Thursday

August 22, 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

August 22, 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.

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Community Review of the Akron Cultural Plan

August 22, 2019, 2 – 9 pm

Join the Cultural Planning team to provide feedback on the draft recommendations at the Akron Art Museum.  

Community Review of the Akron Cultural Plan

August 22, 2019, 2 – 9 pm

Join the Cultural Planning team to provide feedback on the draft recommendations at the Akron Art Museum. Team members will be available throughout the afternoon to answer questions and walk visitors through the proposed recommendations for the Cultural Plan. Bring the whole family—the museum is free on Thursdays! 

Free and open to all.

Free Thursday

August 29, 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

August 29, 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.

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Free Thursday

September 5, 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 5, 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.

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Last Look Tour – Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

September 5, 2019, 10:30 am

Don't miss this intriguing last look at Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented.

Last Look Tour – Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

September 5, 2019, 10:30 am

Join assistant curator Annie Wischmeyer for a last look at Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented. Explore the surprising art historical references and subtle humor in these off-kilter paintings as we say goodbye to this exhibition. 

Free and open to all. Registration is required.

Image: Mernet Larsen, Misstep, 2015, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 50 x 60 in., Courtesy of David Howe

Kids Creative Playdate

September 5, 2019, 1:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This program encourages multi-age creative wanderings with sensory-rich, open-ended experimentation and self-expression. Art smocks provided.

Kids Creative Playdate

September 5, 2019, 1:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kids Creative Playdate

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

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday! Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s imaginative potential—where the only adult expectations are meaningful messes and big ideas. This program encourages multi-age creative wanderings with sensory-rich, open-ended experimentation and self-expression. Art smocks provided.

FREE for members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Free Thursday

September 12, 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 12, 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

September 12, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee!

Kids After-School Mind Unwind

September 12, 2019, 4:00 PM - 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 express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Hang out with other young visionaries and learn how to develop lifelong positive habits of the mind with fun, energizing art experiences. Don’t settle for bored and tired, get inspired! Every 2nd Free Thursday.

Admission free to all. Supplies limited; registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

Free Thursday

September 19, 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 19, 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 

Last Look Tour: Dread & Delight

September 19, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join a tour led by Curator of Exhibitions Theresa Bembnister to learn how centuries-old fairy tales provide a powerful platform for artists to reconsider contemporary concerns. 

Last Look Tour: Dread & Delight

September 19, 2019, 6:30 pm

Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World

When the clock strikes 5 pm on September 22, the artworks in Dread & Delight will turn into pumpkins! OK, that’s not really the case, but time is growing short to catch this exhibition of fairy-tale-themed art. Join a tour led by Curator of Exhibitions Theresa Bembnister to learn how these centuries-old tales provide a powerful platform for artists to reconsider contemporary concerns.

Free and open to the public

Registration required • Use the button or link below to register 

Image: L-R Kiki Smith, Daughter, 1999, 7 Ektacolor prints, 6 @ 22 ¾ x 34 in., 1 @ 34 x 22 ¾ in., Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery, New York, © Kiki Smith; Timothy Horn, Mother Load, 2008, Crystallized rock sugar, plywood and steel, 9 ½ x 5 x 6 ft., Courtesy of the artist, © Timothy Horn; Andrea Dezsö, Bluebeard, 2012, vinyl mural of book illustration, 127.5 x 165 in. Courtesy of the artist, © Andrea Dezsö; installation photograph by Mike Crupi Photography

Art Babes

September 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 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

September 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 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.

3rd Thursdays, September 19, October 17 and November 21

$5 for members, $12/nonmember child. Registration required.

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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