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 Thursday

October 25, 2018, 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 25, 2018, 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!

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

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Family Day: Trick or Treat on South High St.

October 25, 2018, 6 - 9 pm

Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween party where you can explore the museum in surprising ways. The fun will be nonstop throughout the evening!

Family Day: Trick or Treat on South High St.

October 25, 2018, 6 - 9 pm

Family Day: Trick or Treat on South High St.

All ages and their grown-ups

There's nothing to fear, there’s only amazing art here! Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween party where you can explore the museum in surprising ways. Families can hunt for artsy treats in the galleries, creep through an outdoor glow maze in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and shimmy down at our kid-approved heavy metal dance party. The fun will be nonstop throughout the evening!

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

Not a member? Join here.


COSTUME AND MASK POLICY

  • For the safety of all visitors, we ask that guests refrain from wearing full face masks or other items which completely obscure the face.
  • Costumes should not contain any elements which resemble, or could easily be mistaken for, an actual weapon.
  • The museum reserves the right to turn away any guest with a costume that we deem offensive or unsafe.
  • For more information contact museum staff at 330-376-9186 x243.

PNC Logo

Family Days are made possible by the presenting sponsor PNC with additional support from the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows - Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

November 1, 2018, 4 – 7 pm

 Nearly all artists start by putting pen, paintbrush or pencil to paper in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY at one of the museum’s Student Art Shows.

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows - Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

November 1, 2018, 4 – 7 pm

Night at the Museum: Student Art Shows

Featuring the students of The Boys and Girls Club of The Western Reserve

Nearly all artists start by putting pen, paintbrush or pencil to paper in a classroom. Get a preview of what tomorrow’s famous artists are doing TODAY at one of the museum’s Student Art Shows. Featuring schools and organizations from the community, these events highlight the talent of Northeast Ohio’s youngest artists, as well as their amazing teachers and mentors.

Free and open to the public.

Night at the Museum is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

November 1, 2018, 7:30 pm

Grab a drink in the café and join museum staff for a discussion of The Power a novel in which teenage girls have immense physical power!

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

November 1, 2018, 7:30 pm

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

In the book The Power, teenage girls have immense physical power—they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this twist of nature, the world changes utterly. Grab a drink in the café and join museum staff for a discussion of The Power. The evening will conclude with a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

Free and open to all

Free Thursday

November 1, 2018, 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

November 1, 2018, 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!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Dig In: HR3: Beats, Drums, and Music

November 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a performance by one of three reknowned local African-American artists. Each of the featured artists will create a work of art inspired by Donaldson that will be performed live in the museum. Video of the performances will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition.

Dig In: HR3: Beats, Drums, and Music

November 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Dig In: HR3: Beats, Drums, and Music

Akron arts publication The Devil Strip teamed up with the museum to create video profiles of three African-American artists in the Akron community that will be on view in the museum’s Jerry and Patsy Shaw Video Box during the run of Jeff Donaldson: Dig. Each of the featured artists will create a work of art inspired by Donaldson that will be performed live in the museum. Video of the performances will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition.

Free and Open to the Public

After School Mind Unwind

November 8, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind after school.

After School Mind Unwind

November 8, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

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. Young visionaries meet up every 2nd Free Thursday.

Free and open to all. Registration required. Register using the link / button below.

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.

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

 Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has been instrumental in building the museum's American art collection, has served as the lead curator for Visual Art and the American Experience and co-curated Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.

Free and open to all

Free Thursday

November 8, 2018, 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

November 8, 2018, 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!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Free Thursday

November 15, 2018, 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

November 15, 2018, 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!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Dig In: Dominic Moore-Dunson, Dancer and Choreographer

November 15, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a performance by one of three reknowned local African-American artists. Each of the featured artists will create a work of art inspired by Donaldson that will be performed live in the museum. Video of the performances will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition.

Dig In: Dominic Moore-Dunson, Dancer and Choreographer

November 15, 2018, 6:30 pm

Dig In: Dominic Moore-Dunson, Dancer and Choreographer

Akron arts publication The Devil Strip teamed up with the museum to create video profiles of three African-American artists in the Akron community that will be on view in the museum’s Jerry and Patsy Shaw Video Box during the run of Jeff Donaldson: Dig. Each of the featured artists will create a work of art inspired by Donaldson that will be performed live in the museum. Video of the performances will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition.

Free and Open to the Public

Free Thursday

November 22, 2018, 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

November 22, 2018, 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!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Free Thursday

November 29, 2018, 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

November 29, 2018, 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!

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

The J. M. Smucker Company logo 

Art Talk: Brian Bress

November 29, 2018, 6:30 pm

Learn about Bress' unique process including character development, costume creation, performance and film-production as the artist illustrates how he arrived at making his hybrid painting-videos.

Art Talk: Brian Bress

November 29, 2018, 6:30 pm

Art Talk: Brian Bress

Learn about Bress' unique process including character development, costume creation, performance and film-production as the artist illustrates how he arrived at making his hybrid painting-videos.

Free and open to all.

Image: Brian Bress, Organizing The Physical Evidence (Gradients on Gradients), 2018, high definition dual-channel video (color), two high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 49 x 39.5 x 3.25 in., TRT: 16 min., 36 sec., loop, Courtesy Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

Dig In: Jenniva Cummings, Special Effects and Makeup

December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a performance by one of three reknowned local African-American artists. Each of the featured artists will create a work of art inspired by Donaldson that will be performed live in the museum. Video of the performances will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition.

Dig In: Jenniva Cummings, Special Effects and Makeup

December 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Dig In: Jenniva Cummings, Special Effects and Makeup

Akron arts publication The Devil Strip teamed up with the museum to create video profiles of three African-American artists in the Akron community that will be on view in the museum’s Jerry and Patsy Shaw Video Box during the run of Jeff Donaldson: Dig. Each of the featured artists will create a work of art inspired by Donaldson that will be performed live in the museum. Video of the performances will be presented throughout the run of the exhibition.

Free and Open to the Public

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