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Effective now through January 6, 2008, more children will see the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s critically acclaimed Renoir Landscapes for free, thanks to a new special holiday discount, the Museum announced today. Families can receive free admission for a child (ages 5-12) with each adult ticket purchased. Renoir tickets for children are normally $12 Mon.-Thurs. and $14 Fri.-Sun. (Children under five are always admitted free.)
“Over the holidays, families spend more time together, and the Museum is a destination both children and adults can enjoy,” said Gail Harrity, the Museum’s Chief Operating Officer. “This discount will offer families an added opportunity to share the wonderful experience of this exhibition.”
The Museum is the final venue and only U.S. location to host Renoir Landscapes, which features 61 landscape paintings produced by famed French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. When the exhibition closes Jan. 6, these masterpieces will return to museums and owners around the world, unlikely to appear together again. Since opening Oct. 4, 2007, the exhibition has drawn visitors from all over the world and garnered critical praise from the Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Times, among others.
To ensure that all family members get the most out of their visit to Renoir Landscapes, complimentary onsite audio tours are available for both children and adults. The adult tour features commentary from curators Joseph Rishel and John Zarobell, while the family tour — aimed at young visitors ages five through 10 — leads children through more than a dozen paintings, with an actor who plays Renoir offering insight into each. The recording includes mood-setting music, sound effects and even short conversations between the artist and some of his subjects. At the same time, kids learn about Renoir’s techniques, style and the stories behind several of his best-known works.
Families can choose from an especially flexible schedule to visit the Renoir exhibition in the coming weeks thanks to the Museum’s special extended hours. This year, the Museum will remain open on New Year’s Eve Day and New Year’s Day, and the exhibition will stay open most nights until 7 p.m., 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.
A limited number of free Renoir children’s tickets will be available daily through the Museum’s Ticket Center and onsite based on availability. Adults must purchase a full-price ticket to the exhibition in order to receive a free children’s ticket. Tickets to Renoir Landscapes, which include general Museum admission, are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $18 for students Tuesdays through Wednesdays, and $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students Fridays through Sundays.
For ticket information or to order, call 215-235-SHOW (7469).