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5/4/2010 Houston, TX —The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced today that it will offer free admission on Tuesday, May 18, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) celebration of International Museum Day. Participation by AAMD member museums will focus attention on the important roles that art museums serve in their communities, further showcase collections and exhibitions, and increase opportunities for audiences to engage with the many educational programs art museums offer.

“International Museum Day has been celebrated for over 30 years, and the MFAH is pleased to join museums in over 100 countries around the world in offering free admission and educational programs on May 18,” said Dr. Peter C. Marzio, MFAH director. “The 2010 theme, Museums for Social Harmony, celebrates cultural diversity, and MFAH guests are invited to visit the newly opened Light of the Sufis exhibition—the latest effort of the MFAH to bring the Arts of the Islamic World to Houston.”

In addition to free admission, guests are invited to participate in a number of activities planned at the MFAH around the 2010 International Museum Day theme, Museums for Social Harmony. MFAH visitors may enjoy the museum’s Discovery Cart—where an MFAH educator will be stationed to share activities and materials, creating an interactive and hands-on experience for families with children ages four and up—from 10 a.m. to noon in the Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India Gallery, the only space in Houston devoted to Indian arts and culture. Visitors can also join a Gallery Talk at noon, Highlights of the MFAH, which begins in the Law Building lobby. During this 45-minute talk, visitors can explore some of the best-known and most beloved works of art in the MFAH’s permanent collection.