On Saturday, September 24, the whole family can enjoy a St. Joseph “day-cation” as participating museums from the Museum Association of St. Joseph join in the 7th annual Museum Day, created by Smithsonian Magazine. The members of the Museum Association of St. Joseph will join cultural institutions nationwide and open their doors free of charge. The event was created as a way to celebrate America’s dynamic heritage and cultural life. Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine and the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based museums.
Each museum in the Museum Association of St. Joseph features exhibits and programs on different topics and the hours that they are open to the public vary. The participating Museum Association of St. Joseph members, their location, and their hours are: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, 2818 Frederick, 1 to 4 p.m.; Fire Museum, 11th and Penn, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; National Military Heritage Museum, 701 Messanie, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Pony Express National Museum, 914 Penn, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Robidoux Row Museum, 3rd and Poulin, 10 to 4 p.m.; Society of Memories Doll Museum, 115 S. 12th, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; St. Joseph Museums (including the Black Archives and the Glore Psychiatric Museum), 3406 Frederick, special hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, 11th and Charles, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Andrew County Museum, 202 E. Duncan Drive in Savannah, Missouri, is also participating. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Many of the participating museums will feature special activities during the day long event. Joseph Robidoux’s sister “Pelagie” will be on hand to welcome guests to Robidoux Row Museum and light refreshments will be served. The “Treasures, Trash, and Tunes” Fresh Air Flea Market will be the featured event at the St. Joseph Museum. The market, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include all types of vendors, food, and music by Missouri Western State University student groups. At the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, a hands-on art activity for the entire family will be featured. At 2 p.m., the Andrew County Museum will present The First Picture Shows, a program about early movie going in Andrew County. The presentation combines comedy, romance, blazing six shooters, unsolved murders, exotic foreign locales, Betty Boop, the unleashed forces of raw nature, and the upholding of the basic tenets of democracy.
A Museum Day Free Admission Card is available at www.smithsonian.com/museumday to be used throughout the United States during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. The card is not required for free admission at any of the participating attractions in the St. Joseph area.
Go to www.stjomo.com/smithsonianday for more information or call the St. Joseph Museums at 816-232-8471.
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The St. Joseph Museums, Inc.