Valley Museums Celebrate International Museum Day
May 18, 2010
Celebration Features Special Offers and Admission Discounts Around The Valley
Central Arizona is home to nearly 100 diverse museums in the Gila, Maricopa, Pinal and Yavapai county area. Each year, the Central Arizona Museum Association and Valley Museums celebrate International Museum Day on May 18th with special promotions, programs and discounts.
International Museum Day aims at raising public awareness about the vital role museums play in their communities. In 2007 for the 30th anniversary of International Museum Day, over 20,000 museums in 70 countries participated with special programs for the public.
Museums are not just a place to visit when you are on vacation. They are an excellent place to spend time with family and friends, to gain educational experience, and for socializing. Many museums offer programming for adults and children ranging from lectures to coffee and tea social hours, free events, workshops, demonstrations, van trips to other destinations and so much more. For a list of Museums throughout Central Arizona please visit the CAMA site and click on “By Name” or “By Location” to see what museum is near you!
Although International Museum Day is typically celebrated on May 18, this year local museums have chosen different days and times around the 18th to have special offers in observance International Museum Day. Here are a few opportunities from various museums that visitors can take advantage of in celebration of International Museum Day:
Arizona Military Museum
5600 East McDowell Road
Free Admission: May 21, 22, and 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
The museum will be open to the public to view artifacts, uniforms, weapons and view narratives of Arizona’s military history from the Conquistadors through territorial days through WWI and II, Korea, Viet Nam, and the Middle East wars. The admission is FREE to all attendees. The museum is located on the Papago Military Reservation.
Arizona Museum for Youth
35 North Robson
Mesa, AZ 85201
$1 off Admission with mention of CAMA: Tuesday, May 18
$1 off admission for each person that asks the cashier to receive the “Museum Day Discount Offer” upon entry into the museum.
This offer does not apply to groups or tours and cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.
Deer Valley Rock Art Center
3711 W. Deer Valley Rd
Two-for-one museum admission: Tuesday, May 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Buy one regular admission and a second admission of equal or lesser value is free.
The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a ¼-mile trail to view over 1,500 petroglyphs made between 800 and 5,000 years ago. Our museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and we are a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard! The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country at Arizona State University and is a Phoenix Point of Pride.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
21 N. Frontier St.
Wickenburg, AZ, 928-684-2272
Free admission: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also, purchase one Cowgirl Up! 2010 poster and get a second one free on May 18.
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 East Washington
Free admission, children’s activities and photo preservation workshop: Tuesday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Museum will be offering free admission on May 18th as well as children’s craft activities and a free brown bag lunch workshop at noon on how to preserve your family’s photos and documents by Curator Steve Hoza of the Huhugam Ki Museum.
River of Time Museum
2901 N. La Montana Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Free admission: May 18, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Rosson House Museum
7th street and Monroe
113 N. 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Special Tours: Tuesday May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For this day only Tour Prices will be $4.50/person. There will also be a behind the scenes tour of the Rosson House at 2pm for $6.00/person.
This tour will be an hour long and will show just how the Rosson House works!
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 East 2nd Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251,
Free Admission: May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Superstition Mountain Museum
4087 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Free Admission: May 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Admission to the Museum and an opportunity to view the original Peralta Stone Maps, thought to be treasure maps leading to a vast fortune in gold hidden in the Superstitions. Enjoy Treasure Hunt hosted by Jack San Felice, author of several books including When Silver Was King, and Dan and Cyndi Ware of Pro Mack Treasure Hunting, Apache Junction. The hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. Instructions will be available in the gift shop before the treasure hunt.