‘Free August’ includes a month-long roster of exhibitions and programs available to visitors of all ages
The Worcester Art Museum continues of one of its most popular summertime traditions: free admission for the entire month of August. “Free August” includes access for everyone to special exhibitions, the permanent galleries, and WAM’s August programming—including tours, Art Carts, arms and armor demonstrations.
Special exhibitions on view during the month of August include: Exploring the Myths of James Dye, featuring the myth-inspired and immensely detailed dip pen and ink drawings by the Sally R. Bishop Prize Winner of the 2017 ArtsWorcester Biennial, and Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge, which showcases the exquisite artistry and luminescent colors of recently conserved stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge, as well as other works by the artists.
WORCESTER ART MUSEUM HOURS
Wednesday–Sunday, 10am –4pm
Third Thursday, 10am–8pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and holidays
Wednesday–Saturday, 11:30am–2pm with outdoor dining
Sip (café cart in Lancaster Lobby)
Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–3pm, featuring coffee, beverages, sandwiches, and snacks
Open during gallery hours
Wednesday–Friday, 10am– 4pm
SCHEDULE OF FREE ACTIVITIES DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST
Sunday Public Tours
Join one of our talented docents for an overview of the Museum’s collection.
Tour of the Month
Saturdays, August 4 and 18, 2 –3pm
Look at art in an exciting, engaging approach through VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies). This lively tour explores seeing art in a new way. Share your observations with a Museum docent as your guide. Tour begins in the Lancaster Welcome Center.
Saturdays, 1pm; 20-minute, fast-paced views of one artist, artwork, or theme.
August 4: “The Heist: A look at what happened in1972”
August 11: Model of a Ball Game, Nayarit, Mexico
August 18: Lady Warwick and Her Son, John Singer Sargent
August 25: The Pregnant Woman, Otto Dix
Thursday, August 16 at 2pm
An enlightening tour led by Erin Corrales-Diaz, WAM’s Assistant Curator of American Art. This 45-minute tour will focus on our Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge exhibition.
August 1: Water Everywhere
August 8: Animal Tales
August 15: Pattern
August 22: Statues
August 25: Paw Prints at WAM
It's never too early to visit the Worcester Art Museum to start learning about art! This tour is designed for children 0-3 years old, their siblings, and their parents/grandparents/guardians. A Museum teacher will engage caretakers and their infants and toddlers with art and stories in the galleries. Stroller access to Lancaster Welcome Center is through our Tuckerman Street Entrance.
For All Ages
Explore the Museum galleries with your family in a docent-guided discovery tour. Hear fun facts, stories, and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.
Salisbury Hall, 2nd Floor
Visit our drop-in drawing center, where you can sketch one of four Helmets, use coloring sheets, or just use your imagination.
Explore the interactive, hands-on art carts. Touch materials, draw or build, and discover the world through art at these activity centers. Led by fun, knowledgeable educators, these lively informal gallery get-togethers are for all ages. Ask docents what activity will be on tap for the day! Programming subject to change.
Arms and Armor Demonstrations
Saturday, August 4 at 11:30am and 2pm
Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 2:30pm
Learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by knights and soldiers, including Roman soldiers, Norse warriors, Medieval knights, samurai, and beyond in this fun and interactive program.
Helmutt’s Summer Vacation
Have you met Helmutt? He’s an armor-wearing board hound statue, and WAM’s mascot. This summer Helmutt will take a vacation in the Museum visiting different works of art each week. See if you can find Helmutt each time you visit WAM! Look for clues on the Facebook page. #whereinwamishelmutt
Giant Chess and Bean Bag Toss (Wednesdays through Fridays, weather permitting).