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August 20th, 2002
Museum Open Free on September 11

Philadelphia, PA (August 20, 2002) – The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that admission will be free on September 11, 2002 (10:00 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.) in recognition of the anniversary of the tragic events of last year.

On this day of remembrance, the Museum hopes that its 200 galleries may serve as quiet spaces for reflection, enabling the widest possible audience to experience the healing power of art.

Please note that no Wednesday Nights program has been scheduled for September 11. The Cafeteria will be open 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the Museum Restaurant will be open for lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and for dinner, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. (last seating at 7:15 p.m.). Parking on the terrace level outside the Museum is free on weekdays.

Many museums across the country are commemorating the events of September 11. For further information about their offerings, visit the American Association of Museums website: http://www.aam-us.org/mcaf/.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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