Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Morris Museum of Art One of Many Augusta Attractions Offering Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s Sixth Annual Museum Day

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta Museum of History, 1797 Ezekiel Harris House, the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, and National Science Center’s Fort Discovery will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine and Toyota, sponsoring on behalf of the redesigned 2011 Avalon. These Augusta attractions join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. On Museum Day, participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C. facilities and offer visitors an opportunity to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life,

Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. Over 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in Museum Day 2009 when more than two million potential visitors sought to learn more about the program by logging on to www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

This year, Toyota’s participation enhances the Museum Day experience in Smithsonian magazine and online, with elements like the “Featured Five,” a listing that encourages visitors to learn about and visit participating museums and venues. Additionally, for each visitor who inquires about the new Toyota Avalon online, Toyota will donate $1—up to $10,000 total—to museum programming nationwide.

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites can be found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

Featured Augusta Attractions

Morris Museum of Art

Founded in 1985, the Morris Museum of Art is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection of approximately five thousand paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present, is displayed in galleries dedicated to, among other things, antebellum portraiture, the Civil War, genre painting, still life, landscape, Southern Impressionism, and Modernism in the South. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information, visit the museum’s web site at www.themorris.org or call 706-724-7501.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is the former home of Lucy Craft Laney, who made many contributions to Augusta, and the state of Georgia. This unique house museum has four permanent exhibitions which reflect the contributions that African Americans have and continue to make in the Central Savannah River Area, which include Frank Yerby, John Hope, John Tutt, Butterfly McQueen, Jessye Norman and many others. In addition, we have a small James Brown Collection. The museum is located near the original site of the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute. The Museum also has a Children's Academy program. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and closed on Sunday except for special events. For additional information, call 706-724-3576 or visit our website at www.lucycraftlaneymuseum.com. The mission of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is to promote the legacy of Lucy Craft Laney through art, history, and the preservation of her home.

Augusta Museum of History

Founded in 1937, the Augusta Museum of History is Augusta’s oldest historical agency devoted to the preservation and presentation of local and regional history. Located at 560 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta, the Museum is home to the award-winning permanent exhibition, “Augusta’s Story,” a 12,000 year journey through the region’s rich and diverse past. In 2005, the Museum achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). The Augusta Museum of History is Augusta’s only accredited museum and one of only fourteen in the state. From The Godfather of Soul, James Brown to Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Story of Golf, Augusta’s history is brimming with the people and the forces that make Augusta a historical journey worth taking. Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Closed Monday-Wednesday except for groups of ten or more with prior reservations. Admission: Adult: $4 • Senior: $3 • Child (6-18): $2 • Child (5 & under): Free. Please call (706) 722-8454 for more information or visit our website www.augustamuseum.org.

1797 Ezekiel Harris House

The 1797 Ezekiel Harris House will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Museum Day. Said to be the “finest eighteenth-century house surviving in Georgia”, the Ezekiel Harris House is an outstanding example of early Federal style architecture. Fully restored in 1964 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Ezekiel Harris House is a reminder of the days when tobacco was the primary cash crop of Georgia. Hours: Guided tours every Saturday 10:00 am—4:30 pm; Tours by appointment only Tuesday—Friday; Closed Sunday & Monday. Admission: Adult and Senior: $2 • Child: $1.

Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson

The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, an award-winning restoration by Historic Augusta, Inc., is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated an official “Save America’s Treasures” site. It is Georgia’s oldest presidential home and is located at 419 Seventh Street. Guided tours are offered on the hour Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 am-5 pm. The last tour begins at 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. For more information call 706-724-0436 or visit www.wilsonboyhoodhome.org.

National Science Center’s Fort Discovery

National Science Center’s headquarters, Fort Discovery, is located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta. This 128,000 square-foot family-oriented math and science center fires the imaginations of children and adults by making math, science and technology come alive with 250 hands-on exhibits, custom digital theater programs, a portable planetarium, educational workshops and demonstrations. In celebration of Museum Day, Fort Discovery will present a special program entitled “Farming for Fuel,” which explores energy production in a fun and interactive manner. Filled with fun activities, the program leads students and parents on an investigation of alternative energy sources. This presentation is free of charge but space is limited; contact Julie Kennedy at (706)821-0607 to guarantee your participation today. Farming for Fuel is one of many programs provided by Fort Discovery through our Science to Go outreach initiative. For more information, please visit our web site at www.NationalScienceCenter.org.

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill presents the stories of a unique piece of Augusta’s and America’s history – the 19th century industrial waterway that powered Augusta’s survival as a city. Using interactive exhibits, films, and vintage mill equipment, the Canal Interpretive Center that tells the story of how a city used its waterways to reinvent itself. Museum Day visitors may tour the center at no charge Saturday September 25 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at no charge. Normal ticket fees apply for Petersburg Boat guided tours. 1450 Greene Street, Enterprise Mill Suite 400. Augusta, 30901, 706-823-0440
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