March 20, 2019

The Worcester Art Museum Offers Free Admission in August


‘Free August’ includes a month-long roster of exhibitions and programs available to visitors of all ages

Worcester, MA (July 18, 2018) — The Worcester Art Museum announces the continuation 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. Free August at the Worcester Art Museum is generously sponsored by The Kirby Foundation. Media partners are Worcester Magazine and 96.1 WSRS.

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.

For more information about exhibitions and programs during Free August, visit

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

Museum Shop
Open during gallery hours

Wednesday–Friday, 10am– 4pm

Free parking
Free Wi-Fi

Schedule of Free Activities during the Month of August


Sunday Public Tours
Sundays, 1pm
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.

Zip Tours
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

Curator Tour
Thursday, August 16 at 2pm
Join us for 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.

Stroller Tours

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15am
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

Family Tour

Saturdays, 10:30-11am
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.

Drawing Center
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.

Art Carts
Explore our interactive, hands-on art carts. Touch materials, draw or build, and discover the world through art at these activity centers. Led by our fun, knowledgeable educators, these lively informal gallery get-togethers are for all ages. Ask our friendly docents what activity will be on tap today! Check our website Events Calendar for dates and times. 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
Join us for this fun interactive program, and learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by knights and soldiers, including Roman soldiers, Norse warriors, Medieval knights, samurai, and beyond.

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 our Facebook page. #whereinwamishelmutt

Courtyard Games
Giant Chess and Bean Bag Toss (Wednesdays through Fridays, weather permitting).

Exploring the Myths of James Dye, on view through September 2, 2018, is organized in collaboration with ArtsWorcester and supported in part by the Schwartz Charitable Foundation and the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Media partners are Artscope and Worcester Magazine.

Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge, on view through July 7, 2019, is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. Corporate sponsor is Rand-Whitney Container.

About the Worcester Art Museum
Founded in 1896, the Worcester Art Museum’s encyclopedic 38,000 piece collection covers 51 centuries of art. Highlights include the Medieval Chapter House, Renaissance Court, and Worcester Hunt Mosaic, as well as the recently integrated John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection of arms and armor. The Museum is internationally known for its collection of European and American art. It was the first in America to acquire paintings by Monet and Gauguin and one of the first to exhibit photography as fine art. As the one of the first U.S. museums to focus on collaborating with local schools, it has been at the forefront of engaging audiences and giving them a meaningful and personal experience for over a century.

The Worcester Art Museum, located at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester, MA, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and every third Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $6 for children 4-17, $14 for seniors 65+, and $14 for college students with ID. Members and children under four are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit


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