On Saturday, September 23, the whole family can enjoy a St. Joseph “day-cation” as participating museums from the Museum Association of St. Joseph join in the annual Museum Day Live!, created by Smithsonian Magazine. Designed as a celebration of boundless curiosity, over 40,000 institutions across the country are expected to participate with St. Joseph museums. Some members of the Museum Association of St. Joseph will provide guided tours while others will feature special exhibits or programs and activities.
View of entrance to Krug Park, St. Joseph, MO. c. 1906.
From the WindingRiver.com collection.
The participating Museum Association of St. Joseph members, their location, and their hours for Museum Day are:
- Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, 2818 Frederick, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (http://albrecht-kemper.org/)
- Pony Express National Museum, 914 Penn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (http://ponyexpress.org/)
- Remington Nature Center, 1502 MacArthur Drive, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Robidoux Row Museum, 3rd and Poulin, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (http://www.robidouxrowmuseum.org/)
- St. Joseph Museum, Black Archives Museum, Doll Museum, and the Glore Psychiatric Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (http://stjosephmuseum.org/)
- Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 11th and Charles, will be open from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (http://stjosephmuseum.org/)
- Walter Cronkite Memorial on the MWSU campus, 4525 Downs Drive, the public invited to visit between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (https://wcm.missouriwestern.edu/)
- Andrew County Museum, 202 E. Duncan Drive in Savannah, Missouri, will also participate and they will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (http://www.andrewcountymuseum.org/)
Many of the participating museums will feature special exhibits or activities during Museum Day Live! in addition to their permanent exhibits.
A "hands-on" family art activity will be set up for visitors to participate in when they visit the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. Guests will be able to view the AKMA's amazing permanent collection, along with the two temporary exhibits. The first of which is “Solar Flair: Celestial Bodies in Motion.” This juried exhibition showcases artworks of all media depicting moons, planets, and stars submitted by artists from throughout the United States. The second exhibit is the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS): Signature Exhibition. The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS) unifies and supports impressionism throughout the Missouri River Valley Region. This valley region includes the following states: Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. The society is made up of a network of artists, both en atelier (studio) and plein air (open air), and contains some of the finest artists in the region.
The Black Archives Museum will be video streaming the dedication ceremony of the National African American Museum of Culture and Heritage Museum on the National Mall in the Conference Room. Two speakers will be on hand to discuss the dedication. Drew Brown will speak to the importance of a national museum and LaDawndra Robbs will share what it was like to be there during the dedication and her photographs from the event. Docents will provide guided tours of the Black Archives Museum at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Guided tours of the history of mental health treatments will be given at 11 a.m. and 1, 2, and 3 p.m. at the Glore Psychiatric Museum.
The Pony Express National Museum will have docents to guide visitors from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. In the Pony School on the grounds, four programs, lasting one hour, will be given on eclipses, astronomy, and American history. Come see Kathy Ridge as the school marm.
Come paint kindness rocks with St. Joseph, MO ROCKS from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Remington Nature Center. All supplies will be provided, but visitors are invited to bring in their own special rock to paint if they prefer. For more information, go to St. Joseph, MO ROCKS - Kindness Rocks Project on Facebook.
At the Robidoux Row Museum, docents will be available as guests explore what life was like in St. Joseph during the 1840s.
At the St. Joseph Museum, the Lunar Sample (Moon Rock) exhibit continues, and children can add their own touch of color as they help to decorate a rocket ship playhouse.
At the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion docents will be available to share the history of the Mansion and visitors can tour “Intersections of Time and Buildings,” “The Architecture of E. J. Eckel,” Confluence: The Great Flood of 1993,” and “Ruth Warrick: Fame and Politics.”
“Museum Day has become a very popular St. Joseph cultural tradition. It’s designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the city’s incredible wealth of art, history, science, and wildlife — at no cost,” said Museum Association President Andrea McCoy. “Our attendance grows every year as local residents take this opportunity to rediscover their own hometown. For visitors from outside the area, it’s a great opportunity to see all St. Joseph has to offer. We are one of the best day trip destinations in the area.”
For more information on participating sites and activities call the St. Joseph Museums at 816-232-8471.
Content for this post provided by the Museum Association of St. Joseph. Image provided by WindingRiver.com collection.