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Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Museum of Natural History, and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate Jointly Announce Participation in Museums on Us
Wilmington, DE (April 24, 2006)—The Delaware Art Museum, the Delaware Museum of Natural History, and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate are pleased to announce their joint participation in Bank of America’s Museums on Us program from May 1 through May 31, 2006. Bank of America customers, along with a guest, will receive free admission to these institutions during the month of May, National Museum Month. To gain free admission, cardholders only need to present photo ID and their Bank of America ATM, debit, or credit card. MBNA credit cards will also be honored because MBNA cardholders are now customers of Bank of America.
Visitors to the Delaware Art Museum in May will experience a century of profound change in African American identity with the landmark exhibition Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century. Images made of and by African Americans reveal their community’s self-determination through various media, ranging from paintings, photographs, and silhouettes to book frontispieces and popular prints. Also on display is “Something Waits Beneath It”—Early Work by Andrew Wyeth, 1939–1969, an intimate exhibition of 32 early and seldom seen works by the young Andrew Wyeth drawn from the permanent holdings of the Delaware Art Museum. Eleven illustrated letters comprise the exhibition’s most unique feature, revealing the artist’s private observations and his broad themes in miniature. On Wednesdays, Art After Hours helps guests settle into the evening with guided tours and live music. Jazz bands often perform, though Celtic, classical, and rock groups occasionally play, as do string quartets.
The Delaware Museum of Natural History encourages visitors in May to explore an African watering hole, navigate the Great Barrier Reef, discover a Giant Squid, come face to face with a jaguar, encounter life-sized dinosaurs, and marvel at the diversity of birds and shells from around the world. Highlights of the galleries include the Coral Reef Walkover, three-dimensional dioramas, the Science in Action lab, and the opportunity to explore habitats of nearby marshes and woodlands as well as faraway jungles and the deep blue sea. At the end of May, Shoot to Thrill: The Wildlife Photography Adventures of Robert Caputo arrives, on display from May 27 to September 4, 2006. If a picture is worth a thousand words, award-winning and regular National Geographic contributor Robert Caputo relates whole novellas through the lens of his camera. And for a limited time, he’ll bring his stories to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
May is one of the best months for visiting Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. The eight-acre Azalea Woods, a masterpiece of color, harmony, and naturalistic design, creates an exquisite display in time for Mother’s Day. Henry Francis du Pont planted white flowering dogwoods and hundreds of white, pink, lavender, salmon, and red azaleas and rhododendrons under a towering canopy of white oaks, tulip poplars, and American beeches. With a visit to Enchanted Woods, a garden that encourages children and their families to engage in imaginative play and creativity, guests will discover the magic of a fairy-tale garden. The exhibition Kid Stuff: Growing Up at Winterthur will carry modern children back in time to experience life as it was on the Winterthur estate in the late 1800s through games, toys, and activities at a variety of hands-on stations. Earlier this year, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate was chosen as one of the top 10 kid-friendly art museums in the United States by Child magazine.
Museums on Us, now in its ninth season, allows free admission to 56 museums and cultural institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Started in 1998 by Fleet, Museums on Us has helped expose customers to new forms of art and culture, attracting nearly 250,000 people to participating institutions. Bank of America has a long-standing tradition of supporting the arts and has made an unprecedented commitment to its local communities. Museums on Us works to unite these two key components of the Bank in a unique and exciting way and to enrich the lives of its customers.
Museums on Us places a limit of one free admission per cardholder and guest per participating institution. This offer does not include events where an additional fee is applicable.
The Delaware Art Museum, located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway in Wilmington, is open Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Monday and free on Sunday. Regular admission is adults $10, seniors $8, college students $5, and youth $3, with children under six entering for free. The Delaware Art Museum also offers educational programs for students, teachers, and groups. For more information, call 302-571-9590.
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum holds a world-renowned collection of more than 12,000 works focusing on American art and illustration from the 19th to the 21st century as well as the English Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century. Newly renovated and expanded, the Delaware Art Museum offers a nine-acre Sculpture Park, the Helen Farr Sloan Library and Archives, Studio Art classes, an interactive Kids’ Corner learning area, the delART Café featuring free Wi-Fi access, and the Museum Store with distinctive books and gifts.