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. 

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Logo

Free Thursdays

February 21, 2019, 11 am – 9 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 Thursdays

February 21, 2019, 11 am – 9 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!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Free Thursdays

February 28, 2019, 11 am – 9 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 Thursdays

February 28, 2019, 11 am – 9 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!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Night at the Museum - Emmanuel Christian Academy

February 28, 2019, 7:00 PM

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum - Emmanuel Christian Academy

February 28, 2019, 7:00 PM

Night at the Museum - Emmanuel Christian Academy

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and organizations in the surrounding community, the events highlight the talent of Northeast Ohio’s youngest artists, as well as their amazing teachers and mentors.

Night at the Museum events are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.

Photo by Shane Wynn

Synapse Lecture: Fred Tomaselli

March 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

Drawing on art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli’s works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions. Hear him speak about his work. 

Synapse Lecture: Fred Tomaselli

March 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

Synapse Lecture: Fred Tomaselli

Drawing on art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli’s works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions. Tomaselli has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in international biennial exhibitions. His work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Albright Knox Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA.

Free and open to the public. 

Funded by the Knight Foundation, the University of Akron Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science.

Fred Tomaselli, Black Star, 2013, mixed media and resin on wood panel , 60 x 60 in., Courtesy the artist

Creative Playdate: Masquerade Parade, Float-Building & Bedazzled Puppets

March 7, 2019, 11:15 AM

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

Creative Playdate: Masquerade Parade, Float-Building & Bedazzled Puppets

March 7, 2019, 11:15 AM

Creative Playdate: Masquerade Parade, Float-Building & Bedazzled Puppets

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.

After-School Mind Unwind: Make Noize with Transformed Toyz

March 14, 2019, 4:00 PM

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.

After-School Mind Unwind: Make Noize with Transformed Toyz

March 14, 2019, 4:00 PM

 After-School Mind Unwind: Make Noize with Transformed Toyz

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.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

March 14, 2019, 6:30 PM

Led by certified and local Akron Yoga Instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

March 14, 2019, 6:30 PM

Art, Yoga and Meditation

Enhance your health and wellness while experiencing the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum. Each month an all-levels yoga class will be presented in conjunction with a specific exhibition, providing an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind.

Led by certified and local Akron Yoga Instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind.

Free to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required.

Art Babes: Movement with Recyclables

March 21, 2019

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: Movement with Recyclables

March 21, 2019

Art Babes: Movement with Recyclables

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 for members, $10/nonmember child. Registration required.

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

As Is: Nick Cave Film Screening

March 28, 2019, 7:00 PM

 In 2015, visual artist Nick Cave traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana, to begin an eight-month art project leading up to a one-time multimedia performance using hundreds of people from the local community. This behind the scenes documentary shows how one man brought people from all walks of life together using the power of art.

As Is: Nick Cave Film Screening

March 28, 2019, 7:00 PM

As Is: Nick Cave Film Screening

In 2015, visual artist Nick Cave traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana, to begin an eight-month art project leading up to a one-time multimedia performance using hundreds of people from the local community. This behind the scenes documentary shows how one man brought people from all walks of life together using the power of art.

Free and open to all. Space is limited.

Registration required.

Night at the Museum - Head Start: Community Action Akron Summit

April 11, 2019, 7:00 PM

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum - Head Start: Community Action Akron Summit

April 11, 2019, 7:00 PM

Night at the Museum - Head Start: Community Action Akron Summit

Nearly all artists start out by learning and developing skills in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY by attending one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and organizations in the surrounding community, the events highlight the talent of Northeast Ohio’s youngest artists, as well as their amazing teachers and mentors.

Night at the Museum events are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and Fifth Third Bank.

Night at the Museum is made possible by Fifth Third Bank with additional support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Photo by Shane Wynn

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