LOCAL DEALS: Celebrate International Museum Day in Dayton with these great deals

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

As the new Dayton Art Institute opened its doors in 1930 the entire city celebrated.

There’s never been a better opportunity to get out and soak up some culture in the Dayton area than International Museum Day, Thursday, May 18.

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The day was created in 1977 to raise awareness of the importance of museums in society around the world. This year’s theme is Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.

The Dayton Art Institute 

DAI is offering several deals to patrons of their museum as part of tomorrow’s celebration.

FREE ADMISSION: You read right. DAI is waiving its suggested general admission to the permanent collection from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free tours will also be offered from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

DISCOUNTS: DAI is also taking $10 off the price of new Individual, Duo or Family memberships purchased tomorrow. The Curatorial Conversations gallery talk for the evening, focusing on the exhibition Red: Endless Attraction, will be specially priced at $5. The talk is limited to 20 people and advanced reservations are recommended.

ART: Guests will also be able to sample DAI’s studio art programs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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The National Afro American Museum & Cultural Center, is located in Wilberforce.

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

Celebrities like Winton MarsalisMuhammed AliOscar RobinsonDon King and President George Bush have visited this museum in Wilberforce since it opened in 1988. You can do the same on Thursday for just $3. Among the museum’s attractions are more than 9,000 pieces of artwork and artifacts, 350 manuscript collections and thousand of photographs.

Do you know of more International Museum Day deals in the Dayton area? Send them to us at contact@dayton.com.

3 ways you can interact with the art institute's light exhibition

Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 3:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 3:36 PM

"Brushed Metal Mirror" by Daniel Rozin "Capturing light reflected off visitors, artist Daniel Rozin designed this piece to solicit active participation. When standing about fiive feet from the work, an internal camera picks up a visitiors image, which is replicated in silhouette on the surface of the brushed mirror surface;consequently they become the subject and content of the piece." LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

The Dayton Art Institue's "Into the Ether" exhibition allows visitors to experience and interact with pieces created using light.

Here are three fun ways you can have fun with this exhibit, which features 10 pieces from six nationally known artists:

1. Selfies with the red room. Erwin Redl's "Fade" surrounds you in light, giving you great opportunities for amazing photos to share (ahem, please use hashtag #IntoTheEther or #EtherDAI).

2. Choose your own color. Diane Willow's "Chromasphere" allows you to walk inside and use wheels to alter the colors you see.

3. Take a seat and watch the lights. Redl's "Twists and Turns" is a laser-light show using air currents to make the lights dance. Like to be comfy? Bean bag chairs are available.

The exhibit runs now through June 26 at the museum.