June 11th, 2010
General Admission to Museum Free on Saturday, June 19 in Honor of Late Director Anne d'Harnoncourt
On Saturday, June 19, 2010, general admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be free all day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and visitors are invited to discover the treasures of more than 200 galleries and 2000 years of achievement. In 2008, the Museum along with Governor Edward G. Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter declared June 19 a day of appreciation for late director Anne d’Harnoncourt (1943-2008). “Anne d’Harnoncourt, my predecessor, passed away two years ago this month,” noted Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Next Saturday, to honor her memory and all that she did for this institution and the community it serves, we encourage our visitors to come and discover the collections, both in the Main Building and in the Perelman Building, and bring someone along who hasn’t visited before. We hope visitors will make it a special day of inspiration. Welcome, everyone, to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Anne d’Harnoncourt was an internationally respected art historian and museum leader. She began her career at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a curatorial assistant in the department of Painting and Sculpture in 1967. She served as director beginning in 1982, and as both director and chief executive officer of the Museum from 1997 until her death in June, 2008.