National Gallery 'connects' on International Museum Day

A family-friendly art workshop, a scavenger hunt and other just-for-fun free art activities are scheduled Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Gallery in connection with International Museum Day. 

International Museum Day officially is Sunday, but the gallery celebrates Saturday with a family art workshop from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Museum Day art activity from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and a self-guided scavenger hunt throughout the day. 

Connections 

The theme for this year’s International Museum Day is “Museum collections make connections,” to draw attention to museums’ permanent collections and to consider innovative ways to display collections so they fully engage visitors. 

The theme is particularly fitting for the National Gallery, as it has been making efforts to widen access to its collection in recent months, gallery officials said in a press release. 

Along with its new collection-based education initiative for schools, the Dart-funded “active learning sessions,” the gallery recently played host to the inaugural Artists Induction Evening to celebrate all artists represented in the gallery’s permanent collection. Work is now under way on the first official NGCI Collections Guide with accompanying online learning resources to help further widen access, the museum said in a press release.  

“We encourage everyone to visit the gallery on International Museum’s Day and throughout the year to make the most of this wonderful resource,” said gallery director Natalie Urquhart.  

Class spaces on Saturday will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, and the scavenger hunt can be picked up at reception throughout the day. Admission to the gallery is free. For more information, call 945-8111 or visit www.nationalgallery.org.ky. 

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Students from George Town Primary School enjoy a visit to the National Gallery’s permanent collection.
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